Critics predictably raved. USA Today's Robert Bianco praised CBS for "re-creating the casual bigotry of the 1960s, and its ugly holdouts in our own time." Bianco loved how the cross-dressing character was shown "respect for the courage it takes to live life on one's own terms." He concluded by hoping the sermon was successful, that "times really have changed as much as the episode would have you believe. Wouldn't that be fabulous?"
Why can't a character be portrayed as earnestly believing homosexuality to be morally wrong, and a sin that should be avoided, without being caricatured as a violent hater? Answer: because Hollywood has an agenda.
The other November offender was "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," which features the gay actor B.D. Wong in its cast. This completely propagandistic episode (titled "Abomination") begins with a naked gay man found dead on the street from a beating to the head. It turns out he was a poster boy for "Regenesis," a group counseling homosexuals to leave their lifestyle behind, or as our police heroes describe it, "ex-gays turned gay bashers." Another cop quickly suspects the ex-gay group in the killing. "There's ... your poster boy for success, sleeping with guys again. Makes your organization look like a sham."
The "SVU" writers also drag in a fictional equivalent of Rev. Fred Phelps of "God Hates Fags" fame as representative of the entire religious right. When a questioning cop gets tough, the Reverend suggests it's no wonder God took so many cops away on September 11. The reverend says he would have liked to kill the victim, but he was out of town. How pious.
The story concluded with the good guys tracking down the real killer: a researcher in reparative therapy whose own son is gay. He found the victim and his son in bed and slammed the victim into a wall until he fell. And for good measure, the victim was also planning to expose reparative therapy as an unworkable sham, threatening the killer's professional standing.
Exodus International, one of the Christian groups helping homosexuals who want to change their behavior, denounced the show for portraying reparative therapists as "bigoted, murderous, and void of any conclusive research data and results." They were not consulted beforehand, as pro-gay activist groups are.
When Family News in Focus called NBC for comment, the network issued a statement that the show is fiction and not to be taken literally. NBC shouldn't play games and try to hide its real intention to hammer public opinion into its liberal mold. Hollywood doesn't tackle the issue of homosexuality. It tackles the "homophobes."
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