That is, don’t confuse what the once-popular television drama was with what the Big D has come to be.
“It has left behind stereotypes of big-haired women and rowdy cowboys,” states the visitors’ bureau’s website.
But other stereotypes, states the
organization, are warmly welcomed, including drag queens and homosexual
“From entrepreneurial mavericks to
Fortune 500 power-players,” says the site, “
That doesn’t sit well with Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, a Dallas-based affiliate of the pro-family group Eagle Forum begun by Phyllis Schlafly, a Catholic.
“I’m sickened over it,”
Where once the homosexual agenda might have been promoted only in street parades, it is with increasing frequency marching through the hallways and offices of big government and big business. The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau is just one of many examples.
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What’s driving the relatively new
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“The Dallas Convention &
Visitors Bureau began marketing to the GLBT community in 2004 as one of four
growing niche markets including African-American, Asian and Latino,” said Crusemann, noting that most large cities do the same. “The
gay and lesbian market comprises about 15 million people with an estimated $65
Adams does not deny that
A similar promotion was marketed
That’s cause for concern, said Thomas O’Brien, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“While a number of parents feel
sympathetic toward any form of disrespect or discrimination of those who claim
to be gay or lesbian,” O’Brien said, “they draw the line at an advocacy for the
lifestyle among their children.” That includes, O’Brien said, the expectation
that freshmen in
The Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity … Under no circumstance can they be approved” (No. 2357). But it adds that “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. … They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (No. 2358).
O’Brien had a letter sent to religious education directors notifying them of the public school’s calendar and that the CCD students in their classes “may be hearing a different message” than what is taught by the Church. O’Brien, who stressed not only the moral ramifications of homosexuality but also its increased mental and physical health risks, said that parents have the primary responsibility to lovingly instruct their children in the truth “long before a school promotes a gay and lesbian month.”
One report noted that the 195,000-student school district had received 120 complaints about the calendar.
By contrast, a louder outcry recently helped the Christian-based American Family Association take on — and beat — goliath Wal-Mart after discovering that the corporation had made gifts to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and to Out and Equal, which promotes homosexuals in workplaces.
The American Family Association eventually sent a plea to its 3.4 million “email alert system” subscribers asking individuals to boycott Wal-Mart on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Two days before Turkey Day, Wal-Mart called the association and said it had a major announcement: it would “no longer make corporate contributions to support or oppose controversial issues unless they directly relate to their ability to serve their customers.”
“All we’ve asked of Wal-Mart all along is to remain neutral in the culture war,” American Family Association President Tim Wildmon told the Register. “We’re saying don’t fund activities or organizations on the other side who want to push for things like same-sex ‘marriage.’ That’s not in the best interest of your company, either. Just sell your stuff and stay out of the crossfire.”
In one sense, Wildmon noted, time has favored those promoting homosexual lifestyles, though he sees the tide turning. “The last year or two, if you look at the scorecard on the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue … 27 or 28 states have passed amendments prohibiting homosexual ‘marriage.’”
Wal-Mart’s recent announcement was seen as another victory.
“I have to think other companies pay attention to what they do, and that gives us more credibility with other corporations,” said Wildmon. “They can look around and say, ‘Hey, these guys stood up to Wal-Mart, and Wal-Mart agreed with them.’”
Anthony Flott is based