Homophobia Inc.: Message of Hate Raises Hundreds of Millions of Dollars – Tax-Free

Homophobia has flourished in the Bush era, both as a potent political tool — many people believe George Bush would have lost Ohio in 2004, and thus a second term, if Karl Rove hadn’t made sure there was an anti-gay initiative on the state ballot — and as an industry unto itself. In just one year, the top 10 Christianist groups that promote homophobia raised over $400 million in tax-free dollars:

  • Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
    Founder, CEO and Director: Pat Robertson
    2004 Revenue: $186,482,060
  • Focus on the Family
    Founder and chairman: Dr. James C. Dobson
    2005 Revenue: $137,848,520
  • Coral Ridge Ministries
    Founder and President: Rev. D. James Kennedy
    2005 Revenue: $39,253,882
  • Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)
    President, CEO and General Counsel: Alan Sears
    2004 Revenue: $17,921,146
  • American Family Association (AFA)
    Founder and Chairman: The Rev. Donald Wildmon
    2005 Revenue: $17,595,352
  • American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
    Founder and President: Pat Robertson, Chief Counsel: Jay Sekulow
    2005 Revenue: $14,485,514
  • Family Research Council (FRC)
    Founder: James C. Dobson, President and CEO: Tony Perkins
    2005 Revenue: $9,958,115
  • Jerry Falwell Ministries
    Founder and Director: Jerry Falwell (deceased)
    2005 Revenue: $8,950,480
  • Concerned Women for America (CWA)
    Founders: Tim and Beverly LaHaye
    2005 Revenue: $8,484,108
  • Traditional Values Coalition (TVC)
    Founder and Chairman: The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
    2005 Revenue: $6,389,448

All of these groups use homophobia as a fundraising tool, but while some address a wide range of social issues, four of them — Focus on the Family, AFA, FRC, TVC — are one-trick ponies that focus all or most of their activities on promoting homophobia. (The late Falwell and CWA arguably could belong to this group too.) These four groups raised $169 million of the revenue in 2005.

If fundraising for these four hate groups remains flat each year from 2005 through the end of 2007, they will have raised about $500 million among them in three years.

Tax free.

54 Comments

  • Danielle
    September 1, 2007 - 6:34 am | Permalink

    Hold on everybody—-John DeCamp, senator from Nebraska wrote a book called “The Franklin Coverup”. Do some research, or better yet, read the book. THEN come back here and blog about anti homosexuality. HYPOCRISY–sheer hypocrisy. And IF, according to wikipedia, this book is a HOAX, why was John DeCamp never successfully sued? He named names–that’s slander if it’s not true. He could have been sued. Some individuals ATTEMPTED to, until he told them to go ahead–he had the proof to back up his words. The lawsuits disappeared. Yeah, read the book and find out about religious individuals who were involved in this, and politicians all the way up to the White House, and law enforcement officials too. And quit lumping pedophiles in with homosexuality–the words have two different meanings, and anyone well read knows that most pedophiles are heterosexual males.
    I also find it extremely annoying when someone goes on a rant about “family values” and how this country came to be when they can’t even spell. And can someone tell me what a “homophone” is? Is it a person who hates talking on a phone, or are they just afraid of them?

  • Madison
    September 1, 2007 - 7:20 am | Permalink

    Hey Danielle –

    Could you give us a short summary of what DeCamp said in the book.

    I agree about spelling and grammar. It underscores the fact that bigotry is a by-product of ignorance.

    A homophone is word that sounds like another word but has a different definition, such as “bough” and “bow,” as in “bow down.”

  • BMD
    September 1, 2007 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    bob—”There is a reason why the U.S. became a world power so fast. It was our morals, family values that came from are religion, even if you are not religious, the morales of wrong and right came from this. At one time we were a righteous nation and we prospered because of it. Now that everything is about selfish old me, family values are being destroyed and so is this country. Soon pedophiles will have rights and people will be saying, your being intolerant, who are you to judge. Kids are loosing their innocents to early today” (8-31-07).

    Actually “bob,” the fact is that America became wealthy abnd powerful on the backs of American Indians, whose stolen lands, stolen resources and enslave labor created the USA (even democracy came from American Indians). If anything, it was America’s non-righteousness that made it powerful. Your facts are mistaken, and your conclusions are hollow fear-mongering. If things are bad today from greed and selfishness, it’s just more-of-the-same from an American Indian perspective. Tolerance is called for to heal, not rage and war.

  • wadya know
    September 1, 2007 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    you may excuse your own hatred, and say it isn’t hatred. you can curse and try to cage and beat down love. you will lose, and you will lose your humanity in trying.

  • John Cullison
    September 1, 2007 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I like to refer to Christians and their “not-hatred” of gays. They will tell you they hate the sin and love the sinner, so they don’t hate gays. The truth is, they don’t merely hate everyone who disagrees with them; they’re in total denial about it, too.

    “Not-hatred” encapsulates both of those things very well, I think.

  • Zee
    September 1, 2007 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

    The ultimate hatred is in every last buckcrazy religion’s version of (gag) “:paradise.” Anyone who wants to sit NAKED next to some vile “Creator” watching everyone who doesn’t kowtow to this missing abusive supreme “Parent” BURN…well, who cares if it’s labeled what it is…it’s RIGHT to hate these creeps. The Mormon and Islam versions of “paradise” are, if possible, even more vile. Screw them all. There would be more honor in burning for eternity than in joining up with these thugs even if their delusions were true.

  • EAH
    September 1, 2007 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t that interesting? Homosexual mentioned in the Bible? I am not a Christian but I have read the bible—growing up in a southern small town, that was the thing to do but, from cover to cover I never read that word or anything like it. In fact, when I became aware of any difference in the way sexes interacted, it was called “queer”. That’s not in the Bible either. But I do remember very clearly, “judge not lest ye be judged” and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Funny those passages never seem to come up. Must be like the intelligence before invading Iraq–pick and choose what you want to hear or believe and ignore the rest. I’ve read that “God didn’t make man in his own image–man made god in his own image”. Pityful really.

  • Tired_of_the_Lies
    September 2, 2007 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Most of what has been posted here turns my stomach. Substitute “gay” with red-headed, black, asian, christian or any other group label and then see how “tolerant” the thoughts and discussions are.
    These “religious” institutions that are making $$$ hand-over-fist are doing so with TAXPAYER MONIES. If they want to spread this bullshit version of the “word of god” then let them do it without benefit of a Tax Exempt status.

  • Kevin
    September 3, 2007 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Wanna know what’s really ironic? It’s that both Bush and Cheney have rumours abound about their sexuality and even delving into sexual perversions. Cheney is one perverted mutherfucker, according to vast rumors. Just keyword Cheney and sexual perversions and you’ll see. Bush is a blowboy, according to one eyewitness who actually saw him blow a guy. Look at his inner circle and show where there’s one of them that hints of any masculinity. Who was Gannon/Guckert servicing? And all the anti-gay preachers — they’re all effeminite and small. And, Falwell died of the sin of glut, no doubt. Tell me why sexual sin is more grevious than the sin of glut to the point of premature death! Larry Craig ought to be tarred and feathered. Bottom line is all these repugs fall under the realm of lower consciousness. They’re a point above predators, on the scale of counsciousness. Jesus, Ghandi, Buddah were all higher consciousness beings. Big Dick Cheney has no idea what a higher consciousness even means. If the Country collectively did have a higher consciousness we’d have Kucinich as President.

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  • September 5, 2007 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    I’d like to caution contributors to this story who are equipped with the heresy of compassion , as opposed to the Rev. , who chastised those in support of ALL human lives. Please do not view the anti-gay comments by anyone as being simply the ‘same old , same old’.It was precisely that type of thinking in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. ‘True believers’ aka the Moral Majority , and the other diverse and falsely named ‘family groups’fought funding for research into HIV and the development of treatment options. Their success was such , that the subsequent delay in production of medications denied thousands of gay men even a fighting chance at additional life.Keep in mind ; that the oppositiont to gay marriage has/had nothing to do with marriage and everything to do with the religiously inspired and completely hateful and irrational opposition to our very existence.

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  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Let’s not forget that Jim Bakker, who had an eye (and God knows what else) for one of his male cameramen, got his TV start at CBN at the knee(s) of Pat Robertson.

    A young friend of mine applied for a job at CBN years ago, and was asked by Robertson if he was saved, and told to “Kneel in front of me.” (He didn’t elaborate. One could assume it was for prayer.) I know another employee at CBN who worked as a male hustler (soliciting men) in New York during the 70s. So much hypocrisy, so little time…

  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Madison:

    Dr. Joyce Brothers: “All bigotry is rooted in ignorance.”

  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    Regarding what the Bible says about self-righteousness, check out Ecclesiastes 7:16:

    “Do not be overly righteous or overly wise…why destroy yourselves…”

  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Correct if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that another famous politician ran on a “Family Values” platform. His name was Adolph Hitler.

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  • dredawg
    November 14, 2008 - 12:15 am | Permalink

    ok. I’m gay, or bi- to me this definition is somewhat beside the point. I am also the biological father of twin boys. Now, before the Christians gasp and shake their heads, I want to point out something: my ex-wife and i have a great relationship, our lives are going well, and we both delight in the raising of our children. Furthermore, my ex comes from a strong conservative family, and is a baptized Christian. She voted for McCain, and I for Obama. Her mother and father watch Fox Neews and 300 club regularly.

    With some trepedation, they have come to accept me, even though it has not necessarily swayed their views on gay issues. But we get along. What my ex and her parents have that I don’t is a movement with discipline and leadership.

    The problem with the gay movement is that (in some ways) it’s diversity is its own worst enemy. To win in a democracy, especially now-a-days, any movement needs discipline and leadership to succeed. You can’t just rely on celebrity endorsement and throwing money into adds. The movement needs better faces than rich supporters and awekward celebrities.

    If the Right has the leadership and discipline to win this thing, then perhaps they deserved to win. that’s the bitch of democracy. perhaps rather than whine about it, gays could learn from it.

  • dredawg
    November 14, 2008 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    So, anyway, here’s the deal- the gay rights movement needs to back off the marriage issue, and focus on acceptance of the more secular issue of civil unions, or domestic partnership laws. As a whole many of the more Fundamentalist Christians object to this, than do the vast majority of middle-of-the-road christians. In states like Oregon, the constitution, by popular vote, defines marriage as a union between man and woman… however, with little protest, the legislature and Govener signed into law a civil union law, which guaruntees legal rights to gay couples. Opponents have failed to gain the necessary support and signatures to overturn the law.

    The middle is ready for such legeslation. Strategically speaking, doesn’t it make more sense to push the secular, legal rights side of Civil Unions, rather than pushing against a religious principle? This movement would be better served redefining the meaning of the legal social contract, rather than trying to change religion.

    Had the opponents of prop 8 been smart, they would have said “fine, you can be married, but we’re gonna fund Civil Union laws in 5 North Eastern States.”

  • Paula007
    July 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    If Homo”phobia” is indeed a phobia, then it’s a sickness. Shouldn’t people with sicknesses be given some slack – even protected from these vicious verbal attacks?

    • July 11, 2012 - 6:00 am | Permalink

      @Paula007 – You need to look up the definition of “phobia.” It does not mean “sickness.” It means “fear.”

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