WASHINGTON — Subscribers to the conservative Weekly Standard on Thursday received an anti-gay fundraising email warning that “radical homosexuals” were pushing the Student Non-Discrimination Act(SNDA) as part of an attempt to “indoctrinate” children while creating a “new America based on sexual promiscuity.”
Under the subject line, “Congress to mandate pro-homosexual education?,” the email referred to LGBT people as “deviants,” and “dangerously close to ramming their perversity into law.” [Email here, PDF]
The fundraising appeal and anti-gay message was from anti-gay activist Eugene Delgaudio, who is focused on defeating the Student Non-discrimination Act, which would bar discrimination against LGBT students in public schools.
Delgaudio is titular head of the Falls Church, Va.-based Public Advocate of the United States, which claims its mission is to, among other things, provide “vocal opposition to … the furtherance of so-called “Gay Rights,” and says hate crimes laws protecting LGBT people “singles out Christians or moral thinking people…for persecution.”
Earlier this year, the organization gave its Family Advocate Award to Marcus Bachmann for his working in counseling “ex-gays.”
Among the e-mail’s assertions are that the SNDA measure would “require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts so ‘homosexual students’ don’t feel ‘singled out’ during already explicit sex-ed classes.”
“It is alarming to see a political media outlet push this hateful rhetoric and act as a platform for the fundraising efforts of such an extremist group,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
“Regardless of the alleged political bents of any news outlet, or any audiences, it is reprehensible and irresponsible for the Weekly Standard to partner with this fringe group. The Weekly Standard is now giving gravitas to outrageous lies about LGBT people.
“William Kristol should do the right thing — apologize and distance his publication from the hateful misinformation campaign of the so-called Public Advocate of the United States,” Solmonese said.
The fundraising email — under the banner, “A Message from our sponsor … The Weekly Standard” — calls SNDA the “Homosexual Classrooms Act” and says it is a means for LGBT advocates to advance “their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America.”
The Weekly Standard, with a circulation of over 60,000, calls itself “the most quoted, clipped, and talked-about magazine in Washington and political circles.”