Under a headline reading "'Homo Depot'? Chain hosts kiddie crafts at 'gay' fests," World Net Daily today trumpeted criticism by a far-right fringe group over Home Depot's support of LGBT families.
You can't make this stuff up.
WND's Chelsea Schilling -- who has a history of attacking the LGBT community -- filed an "exclusive" report yesterday promoting homophobic attacks by the radical American Family Association:
Is Home Depot seeking to introduce children to the homosexual lifestyle?
The home-improvement giant has sponsored yet another "gay" pride event and provided children's craft workshops "in the midst of loud and boisterous gay activities" at the 2010 Southern Maine Pride Festival in Portland, Maine, according to the American Family Association.
"The worst offense is that Home Depot has set up kids' workshops at these gay pride festivals," explains AFA's director of special projects. "These are events that have loud, boisterous homosexual activists making their voices heard – and Home Depot is putting money behind setting up kids' booths at these kinds of events."
In a form letter to Home Depot, AFA tells the company its inclusion of children's activities at homosexual events is "irresponsible" and encourages children's attendance.
AFA spokesman Randy Sharp told One News Now, "You know, it's very simple. Home Depot should be like a lot of Fortune 500 companies and simply remain neutral in the culture war – don't give money, don't give vehicles, don't lend employee support to homosexual activities on Main Street USA."
I hate to break it to Schilling and the AFA, but LGBT people do have children. The notion that such activities at LGBT Pride functions might be an effort to "introduce children to the homosexual lifestyle" is vile bigotry intended to perpetuate the bogus myth that LGBT people are recruited into some sort of cult hell bent on advancing "the gay agenda."
So, what exactly is the AFA? It certainly sounds wholesome, but a review of its past comments tells an entirely different story. Political Correction -- Media Matters' partner organization -- offers some enlightening context:
- American Family Association Promotes "Radical Homosexual Agenda"
- American Family Association: "Gay Sex = Domestic Terrorism"
- American Family Association: Indian-Americans Win Too Many Spelling Bees
Yep, you read that correctly. WND quotes an organization that thinks too many Indian-Americans are winning spelling bees and that gay sex is tantamount to domestic terrorism.
Of course, WND has a long history of promoting homophobia and misinformation on issues concerning the LGBT community so perhaps this was to be expected. Lest we forget, WND's Molotov Mitchell endorsed a proposed Uganda law that would permit the death penalty for homosexuality.