Oops! Christian Site’s Homophobia Leads to Big Faux Pas


Calls Olympian Tyson Gay ‘Homosexual’

The American Family Association obviously didn’t foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow. The group’s automated system for changing the forbidden word wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named “Tyson Homosexual” who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics.

Tyson Gay won the men’s 100 meters final in June at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. The problem: Tyson’s real last name is Gay. Therefore, OneNewsNow’s reliable software changed the Associated Press story about Tyson Gay’s amazing Olympic qualifying trial to read this way:

“Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has. His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday doesn’t count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here’s what does matter: Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he’s certainly someone to watch in Beijing. “It means a lot to me,” the 25-year-old Homosexual said. “I’m glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me.”

Source. / Fox Sports / July 3, 2008

And from the Slueth:

Contacted by the Sleuth for comment on the software mishap, American Family Association spokeswoman Cindy Roberts in Tupelo, Miss., told us, “I think it was just a fluke.”

Fred Jackson, news director of OneNewsNow, tells the Sleuth his organization has now fixed the software glitch. “We took the filter out for that word,” he said, without uttering the “G” word.

“We don’t object to the word ‘gay,'” Jackson explained, except “when it refers to people who practice a homosexual lifestyle.” And the “G” word, he says, has “been co-opted by a particular group of people.” (People who are g-a-y.)

The OneNewsNow story about Gay, which was spotted by blogger Ed Brayton at scienceblogs.com, as well as by gay blogs, including PageOneQ, even included these nice details about Mr. Homosexual’s qualifying sprint:

Wearing a royal blue uniform with red and white diagonal stripes across the front, along with matching shoes, all in a tribute to 1936 Olympic star Jesse Owens, Homosexual dominated the competition. He started well and pulled out to a comfortable lead by the 40-meter mark. This time, he kept pumping those legs all the way through the finish line, extending his lead. In Saturday’s opening heat, Homosexual pulled way up, way too soon, and nearly was caught by the field, before accelerating again and lunging in for fourth place.

Source. / Mary Ann Akers / washingtonpost.com / July 1, 2008

Other items we’d like to see on the offending web site:

Enola Homosexual Drops A-Bomb on Japan!
Typhoon Homosexual Causes Devastation
Priest and writer Jean Pierre Homosexual Is Descendant of Lord John Peter Homosexual
Memorial Day Service Commemorates Hobart R. Homosexual (1894-1983), American general, and George Homosexual(1917-1994), Naval Aviator in World War II

Travel section: Visit These Happy Locales!

Homosexual Mountain, Virginia
Homosexual Spring, Tennessee
Homosexual Farms, Virginia
Homosexual Creek, Alabama
Homosexual, Georgia, Michigan and West Virginia
Homosexualville, South Dakota
Homosexual Hollow, Texas
AND Homosexual Head, Massachusetts!

Posted by What Big Implications You Have! / the sleuth / washingtonpost.com

Thanks to Jeff Jones / The Rag Blog

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2 Responses to Oops! Christian Site’s Homophobia Leads to Big Faux Pas

  1. Anonymous says:

    Initially this article made me laugh. I was obviously functioning under the trivial mindset: PC = Pretty Comical.

    When I consider how often Mr. Gay’s name must have made him the butt of jokes (somewhere George Carlin is nodding at my word choice here) & multiply that number by all persons similarly disadvantaged. I probably should have cried with sympathy.

  2. Mariann says:

    Agreed — and yet, let us go back for a minute to that sex-abuse at Abu Ghraib story and the woman JAG officer, Ms. Beaver… perhaps she deserves more sympathy than censure?

    But this is a great story in how it reveals the total prejudice and closed-mindedness of the “American Family Assoc” — what a name-grab that is! Queers have families, too, ya bozos! Or was Cheney’s daughter a cuckoo’s egg left in his nest?

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