Earlier this month, the media went abuzz with the oh-so-surprising outrage from One Million Moms who were furious… FURIOUS… that JC Penny would have a gay couple in their June catalog. This, on the heels of having Ellen Degeneres and her … gasp!… WIFE… in the May issue. Scandalous! Horrific! Children EVERYWHERE will be turned into gays and lesbians!
This is the same organization that wants Marvel Comics and DC to “cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately.” Of course, “homosexual superhero characters” have been a part of the mainstream comic book world since the late 1980s, and in comic strips since the 1990s. But hey, don’t tell the One Million Moms, they know best. After all, they have to follow the orders from their hate group masters (remember, OMM is a wing of the American Family Association, certified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010).
Every once in a while, it helps to let the dust settle a bit before we have a chance to look at a particular issue. There’s really not much point in talking about the controversy over gay comic book characters since — let’s face it — comics have been pretty gay since their beginning. I mean, really. have you SEEN the muscles on these heroes? Yeowzers.
But JC Penney’s evil plans have to be exposed. They must be called out! They DARED to put a gay couple… with their CHILDREN… in their catalog! And not only did they put a gay couple and their children in their catalog, it was a REAL gay couple and their REAL children! How evil could that be! See! It’s right there! On… uh… where is it…
Not on the cover. Not a full page ad in the New York Times… on page 16.
Out of 96 pages.
Let’s consider this… One Million Morons acts as if the GAY COUPLE controversy in a catalog makes is ALL ABOUT the gay couple. But no. It’s just part of a series of pages that showcases some diverse situations. One page has three generations of men fishing. Another page has a bride and a groom (a real man and a real woman! Scandalous!) kissing on their wedding day.
The opening spread has a handsome man in a suit and tie holding his oh-so-adorable baby. Pages 8 and 9 have a photo of a red-haired man with a pirate-style beard chasing his even more-red-haired little boy. You want a scandal? How about that beard. Good God, that thing is hideous. But no. OMM is all about the GAY COUPLE.
Not even the handsome Willie Pike, a black man in his underwear, a Spider-Man t-shirt, swimming goggles, and a red cape on page 10 gets their furor going. Even as he flexes his arms and smiles knowingly at his son Jayden, his much fairer-skinned little boy in almost the same outfit. I mean, really. The guy is in his boxer shorts.
No. None of these wonderful examples of fatherhood in the JC Penney catalog do anything to quell the apoplexy of One Million Moms. Their anger, their rage, and their email campaigns are all over real life dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith and their insanely adorable kids. They’re laughing. They’re happy. They’re too cute for words.
And they’re evil. Or something.
They describe the page — again, a single page out of a nearly 100-page catalog — as another ad that’s “promoting homosexual sin” (apparently, laughing with your children and partner is a “homosexual sin” now). OMM writes:
The ad shows two men on the floor playing and hugging their two children at home. It reads, “First Pals – What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into one. Or two. Real-life dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”
It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral in the culture war. JCP will hear from the other side so they need to hear from us as well. Our persistence will pay off! One day we will answer for our actions or lack of them. We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature.
Notice the wording here: “It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral in the culture war.” As a reminder, when OMM and other hate groups complain about a company “not being neutral,” they really mean that they’re outraged that a corporation would see the value in being inclusive rather than sit on the “culture war sidelines” as the hate groups continue their barrage against LGBT people and their families.
Their message is clear: “Stay neutral while we beat the hell out of these people.”
Their idea of “remaining diligent” and “standing up for Biblical values and truth” is really nothing more than an attempt to strong-arm companies into being silent while the hate groups have free reign to demonize, beat down, or otherwise scandalize every gay and lesbian person in our nation.
What’s amusing is that they only go after the companies they think are vulnerable. More and more, even those corporations are giving OMM the OMG-your-crazy look. Starbucks, The Home Depot, and other targets are just shrugging off the calls to “remain neutral” in favor of serving all of their customers.
Even more hilarious is the fact that the AFA and OMM will not go after Microsoft, Apple, GM, Toyota, GE, and countless other major companies that have even more gay-positive marketing and policies than JCP. Chevrolet had an ad recently that had the Volt “come out” as Electric to its parents, represented by other Chevy products. Apple and Microsoft both have some of the most gay-inclusive company policies of all of the Fortune 100 companies out there.
I seem to have missed the OMM outrage of any of these things. But hey, what are they going to do? Stop using telephones? The Internet? Stop using COMPUTERS? No. They have to allow some evil to battle others, apparently.
Apparently it’s only okay to bully companies whose products they don’t need in their campaign of hate.
Perspective is such a wonderful thing.