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Blogger uncovers ‘secret’ Facebook group aimed at disseminating anti-gay information

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

LGBT activist and blogger Alvin McEwen this week uncovered a “secret” Facebook group — whose memberships reads like a “who’s who” of anti-gay activists — aimed at promoting and disseminating anti-gay information through websites, including Youtube, Twitter and Facebook.

The group, “Truth4Time,” was designed to serve as a library of anti-gay articles, blogs, and other materials for its members to use in their fight against the “gay agenda,” reported McEwen, but shortly after his report, the group was reportedly disbanded.

Among its members, reported McEwen, were Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, Scott Lively, author of the Pink Swastika, who is being sued for his alleged involvement in fostering Uganda’s notorious “Kill the Gays” bill.

McEwen provided this screen shot of a partial list of the ‘Truth4Time’ members.
Additional member lists were posted on Huffington Post.

Appearing on the Michelangelo Signorile radio show on SiriusXM Monday, McEwen revealed many of the group’s members by name, including — in addition to Gallagher, Brown and Lively — Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality; Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern; Matt Barber from Liberty Counsel; Dr. Keith Ablow, the Fox News pundit who warned parents against allowing their children to watch Chaz Bono’s appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” and Christian rocker Bradlee Dean.

McEwen, an LGBTQ Nation contributor, and editor of the website “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters,” said he was tipped to the group by one of its members who expressed concerns over the group’s planned tactics, which included “ganging up” on “pro-gay pages with comments and flagging Facebook pro-gay pages multiple times with the intent on getting these pages removed.”

The group maintained its anonymity by employing a little known Facebook group privacy option called “secret” — which prevents non-members from being able to find the group in search results, or seeing status updates related to the group.

In effect, Facebook treats “secret” groups as if they don’t exist, so members usually must know of other members and be added to the group by invitation.

Michael Brown, an anti-gay activist and preacher with the Coalition of Conscience, who was listed as one of the group’s administrators, refuted the group’s intention, said the group has not been disbanded, and that “access to the site was given to people like Maggie and Keith, but to my knowledge they were never active on the site and might not even know of its existence.”

For more on the group “Truth4Time,” and its planned tactics, read McEwen’s posts here, here, and here.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. What can be done about what is essentially a “hate” group?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:54pm
  2. Figures. I’m so glad it’s not MY job to condemn and judge others all day long…. it must be terribly exhausting!!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:55pm
  3. Gross.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:00pm
  4. …….sigh…….

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:08pm
  5. Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:11pm
  6. Thanks Louie,, I just signed it.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:19pm
  7. I use the “secret” group option on here to keep in contact with people, and this really doesnt look like a screenshot….

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:22pm
  8. Thanks Louie! Also signed it :)

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:03pm
  9. Totally not surprised to see Maggie Gallagher on that list. She looks more like a serial killer than anything.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:12pm
  10. Maim them.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:12pm
  11. The guy representing the “American Civil Rights Union” is also spreading anti-gay information. Hmmm…last time I checked Civil Rights and anti-gay weren’t synonymous.

    Oh and “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality” is a cute group name considering they don’t know shit about homosexuality.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:19pm
  12. I find it interesting that when the religious right of this country have nothing else to fight with.. they turn to using some one else’s tactics… I think its sad

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:25pm
  13. What is done in secret will be brought into view

    Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:23am
  14. what a bunch of freaks

    Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5:41am
  15. so many won’t believe that people would lie about conflicts with what they already believe.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:15am
  16. Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:52am
  17. Shut it down!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:12am