The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today its new “Commentator Accountability Project,” which seeks to “educate” journalists about spokespeople from organizations that hold a biblical view of sexuality.
In an interview with Politico blogger Dylan Byers, GLAAD Communications Director Rich Ferraro said the 36 people networks need to be “educated” about — including Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, family formation studies director Glenn Stanton and education analyst Candi Cushman — “aren’t experts” but people who “represent nothing but extreme animus towards the entire LGBT community.”
Therefore, Ferraro said, journalists should put any comments they make “into perspective.”
Gary Schneeberger, Focus’ vice president of communications, said the biblical view of marriage and sexuality is badly needed for balance in mainstream media.
“What Focus on the Family’s analysts and experts bring to the national discussion in their media appearances are reasoned, passionate and compassionate insights that help families make sense of, and make their mark in, the world around them,” he said. “Our views on issues like same-sex marriage and the sanctity of human life are mainstream Christian positions — and in most cases, majority Christian positions. It is always our goal, when expressing those viewpoints, to do so in a way that upholds God’s truth, yes, but also models Christ’s love.”
Schneeberger added that GLAAD’s campaign was “rather chilling.”
“This is an attempt to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of religion by trying to intimidate the media into forfeiting their constitutional right to freedom of the press,” he explained. They’re seeking to saw three of the five legs of freedom off the stool that holds up the First Amendment.”
“America was founded on debate and discussion; that formula has worked pretty well for us for more than 230 years. It makes you wonder why GLAAD would want to eradicate it.”
The list of flagged spokespeople also includes Exodus International President Alan Chambers, Catholic League President Bill Donohue, THE FAMiLY LEADER President Bob Vander Plaats, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher, Prison Fellowship Ministries Founder Chuck Colson, Wallbuilders Founder David Barton, former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson, marriage expert Jennifer Roback Morse, pastors Jim Garlow and Lou Engle, radio personality Kevin McCullough, and Princeton University Prof. Robert George.
McCullough, whose radio show reaches approximately eight million people a week, said today that neither he nor cohost Stephen Baldwin claim to be “experts” on the private lives of homosexuals — only that they have a pretty good idea what their constituents think about a variety of matters, including marriage and family.
“It says a great deal about the weight of GLAAD’s arguments to throw out provocative and inflammatory statements about people who oppose you,” McCullough said. “But I promise you this, I will never attempt to have Rich Ferraro banned from appearing on media — simply because I disagree with him.”
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Learn more about Glenn T. Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family.