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Task Force Calls Rise in Anti-Gay Crime a Product of America’s Anti-Gay Industry

Date: 
April 26, 2005

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Fear-Mongering and Demonizing Sermons Promote Violence

Statement from Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"The leaders of America's anti-gay industry are directly responsible for the continuing surge in hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. While other forms of crime continued to fall, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has documented a 4% increase in anti-LGBT crime in 2004, coming on the heels of a 26% increase in the last half of 2003. This spike in violence parallels the exact same period since the Right went into demonic, anti-gay hyperdrive following the Supreme Courts Lawrence v. Texas decision in July of 2003. Since then, church pews and the public airwaves have been awash in ugly, anti-gay rhetoric and fear-mongering.

"These words obviously do not just vanish into the ether - as intended, they are absorbed and become fuel and justification for violence. To say otherwise defies reality.

"The literal blood of the thousands of gay people physically wounded by hate during 2004 is on the hands of Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, and so many others who spew hate for partisan gain and personal enrichment."

See http://www.ncavp.org/media/MediaReleaseDetail.aspx?p=1420&d=1492 for more details on the NCAVP report.

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