West Virginia Hate Group Posts Ad Depicting Gays As Snipers

Last week, a Mormon politician in Utah compared gay people with Islamic radicals. Now an anti-gay group in West Virginia has released an online ad that depicts gays as snipers by showing a dual-gender couple and their children in the crosshairs of rifle scope.

Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out (TWO), has called on the hate group, which calls itself the “Family Policy Council,” to remove the ad:

“This kind of overheated rhetoric creates a climate where hate crimes can occur. We demand that The Family Policy Council of West Virginia apologize and take down this violent ad. This video is reckless, wrongheaded and irresponsible.”

TWO also notes that FBI hate crime statistics indicate that crimes based on sexual orientation ranked third (16 percent), below religion (19 percent) and race (52 percent).

More from TWO:

According to the Associated Press, “about a minute into the video, the crosshairs of a rifle scope appear over the image of a family blowing bubbles.” The narrator warns that “same-sex marriage is a closer reality in West Virginia than you may think,” and that activists are “working tirelessly to define marriage away from God’s design.”

The AP also reports that The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, has yet to register as a charity with state officials, though it’s reported raising enough to trigger that requirement.

“The Family Policy Council is not above the law,” said Besen. “The state of West Virginia has an obligation to immediately investigate and ensure they are following the rules.”

According to TWO, the hate group’s website was developed with the assistance of CampaignSecrets.org, a company that describes itself as “focused exclusively on electing Republicans to local office.”


  • February 24, 2009 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying — I mean I’m REALLY trying — to picture West Virginia as a state where “same-sex marriage is a close reality” but it’s just not working for me. Why are they spending money to protect West Virginians from this…very unlikely possibility?

  • still born
    February 25, 2009 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    If they hate gays so much, how come so many of them get smoked out of the closet?
    And just exactly where is it written that God hates gays?
    And just who from hell do they think they are by trying to represent the incomprehensible God that they try to convince US they adore?
    Jesus once said “I hate right wingers”!
    No kidding, he warned us to ignore the zealots.

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