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Group wages battle against Massachusetts gay culture
Times Argus ^ | July 2, 2006 | Steve LeBlanc

Posted on 07/05/2006 5:33:19 PM PDT by DBeers

Group wages battle against Massachusetts gay culture


BOSTON — The minute they spotted the mannequins in Macy's department store window celebrating the city's Gay Pride week, Brian Camenker and the watchdog activists at MassResistance jumped into action.

The group quickly posted a photo of the window on their Web log under the caption: "Male mannequins with (apparently) enlarged breasts, one wearing a rainbow skirt." Within days, Macy had removed the mannequins but left up a list of pride week events.

It was the latest victory for a group dedicated to battling what it characterizes as the aggressive gay and lesbian movement in Massachusetts, the only state to allow same-sex marriage.

The group continues to find ample fodder in that war, taking on gay-themed school texts, exposing what it says is the seamier side of the gay rights movement and nearly convincing Gov. Mitt Romney to eliminate a state commission for gay youth.

"The homosexual stuff is the 800-lb. gorilla in the room when you're talking about education," Camenker said. "People feel that as a society they're under assault — that you can't walk down the street anymore without having this in your face."

The group has become the bane of gay-rights activists in Massachusetts who consider Camenker and his supporters the "lunatic fringe" obsessed on the more extreme elements of gay culture to deny rights for all gays across the state.

But as Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to consider an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage later this month, Camenker remains unapologetic, saying he represents the state's true silent majority.

He even opposes the amendment, saying there's nothing wrong with the constitution, what's wrong is it's interpretation by the state's highest court.

"We are sort of purists on this. We don't believe that the constitution needs to be amended because the constitution is not flawed," he said. "John Adams didn't make a mistake and forget to put gay marriage in the constitution."

Camenker — a 53-year-old Newton man who is married with two teenage children — has a long history of taking on charged topics in Massachusetts.

One of his earliest forays came when he publicly protested a new sex education curriculum in his hometown of Newton.

By the mid-1990s, Camenker's Parent's Rights Coalition had successfully championed a parental notification bill giving parents the option of pulling their children from sex-education classes.

In 2000, Camenker's group again made headlines, secretly taping graphic sexual talk — such as whether to use condoms and how to have oral sex — during a workshop for gay teens. Gay activists denounced the secret taping, which cost two members of the state Department of Education's HIV/AIDS awareness program their jobs because of the explicit nature of the talk. One of the workers later sued and was given her job back.

But the 2003 ruling by the state Supreme Judicial Court — which paved the way for the nation's first legal same-sex marriages — took Camenker's fight to a new level. He vowed to oust the four members of the state's high court who voted in favor the ruling, again raising the ire of gay activists.

"Brian Camenker and MassResistance is the fringe of the fringe. They are bottom feeders," said Marc Solomon, campaign director at MassEquality, a coalition of gay-marriage rights advocates. "I really don't get it. It's an obsession. He spends more time looking at gay web sites than anyone I could imagine,"

Other gay activists grudgingly acknowledge Camenker's talent at generating publicity.

"His group is pegged by the gay community like a lunatic fringe, but I don't see it that way," said Tom Lang, co-director of KnowThyNeighbor.org, a Web site that publishes the names of individuals who sign anti-gay marriage petitions.

Lang said he has had a few long conversations with Camenker in an effort to understand him.

"Maybe he really just doesn't understand what a gay person is like," he said. "I can't imagine he's that hateful."

Camenker says that far from being on the fringe, he speaks for a vast swath of people too intimidated to take on the radical "homosexual agenda" on Beacon Hill, in the schools, or in the cultural life of the state.

"There is a huge group of people who are very upset about what's been going on in the social sphere," he said. "I don't think the powers-that-be in Massachusetts realize the emotion that this thing had gone way too far and it's got to stop. I don't think they have a clue."

One battleground for the group has been Lexington, a quiet suburb about 10 miles west of Boston that is best known for its statue of a Minuteman.

In April 2005, Lexington father David Parker, upset his 6-year-old son had been sent home with a book that depicted a gay family, was arrested after refusing to leave school property when officials refused his demand to notify him when homosexuality was discussed in his son's class.

The case became a rallying cry for the group, which intensified its protests a year later after another Lexington couple, Joseph and Robin Wirthlin, objected when a teacher read a storybook about two princes who fall in love to their son's second grade class.

The couple, joined by Parker and his wife, sued the Lexington schools saying reading storybooks with gay themes without first alerting parents violated the same parental notification law Camenker helped push through a decade earlier.

"There's a lot of good that this group is doing. They're bringing a lot of things to light," David Parker said. "He has done very good undercover work. I think it's a tremendous service to society."

Massachusetts Family Institute President Kris Mineau, one of the main backers of a proposal to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, praised Camenker as a "a true cultural warrior out there in the trenches."

"He's laid his life, his reputation, his fortune on the line for the last decade fighting for parents rights, fighting the permissive social agenda that's just growing in our public schools," he said.

In April, the group nearly convinced Romney, a possible Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential race, to ax a state advisory commission on gay youth after Camenker showed administration officials a press release announcing an annual parade featuring a cross-dressing master of ceremonies and embracing transgender teens.

The release included Romney's name but wasn't vetted by the administration.

Romney, who signed a proclamation hailing a similar parade in 2003, considering killing the commission but decided instead to require it to focus on its main mission of suicide prevention.

Camenker may be best known for the group's Web site, which pulls few rhetorical or visual punches. It described Boston's most recent Gay Pride Week as "all about sex, profanity, weirdness, unhealthy behavior in public, and some very disturbed people."

Camenker says he's simply pursuing stories that most media outlets refuse to cover. He said interest in the group is on the rise, but wouldn't say how many supporters it has. He also declined to say how much money the Waltham-based nonprofit has raised, only saying that the group is funded by individual contributions.

Camenker's increasingly public profile even led to a brief appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" where he was skewered during a tongue-in-cheek interview. (Sample question: "How does legalized gay marriage affect your relationship with your wife?")

Camenker said he was unfazed by the lampooning.

"If you look at it, they didn't treat me that bad," he said. "I think they treated the gays worse than me."


On the Net: MassResistance: www.massresistance.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: briancamenker; camenker; davidparker; homosexualagenda; lexington; massresistance; newton; parentalrights; parker; romney

1 posted on 07/05/2006 5:33:22 PM PDT by DBeers
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Group wages battle against Massachusetts gay culture

What or where is the supposed endangered "gay culture" premising the headline? Do they really mean homosexual sexual activities?

P.S. This article mentions David Parker, one of the supposed enemies of the happy rainbow nothing to do with sex "gay culture" of love...

2 posted on 07/05/2006 5:39:44 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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"What or where is the supposed endangered "gay culture" premising the headline? Do they really mean homosexual sexual activities?"


LOL it is rather a broad brush the title is painted with! My guess would be, or at least from my prospective, anything that makes those activities, public activities. I don't think any of us could care less about the private ones.


3 posted on 07/05/2006 5:59:42 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: DBeers

"Maybe he really just doesn't understand what a gay person is like," he said. "I can't imagine he's that hateful."

Disagreement isn't hate.


4 posted on 07/05/2006 6:10:12 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: DBeers

BTTT. BTTT. And BTTT again.

(feeling under the weather the last few days....just crawled out of bed to see if someone had magically done all the stuff I was supposed to do...:-))


5 posted on 07/05/2006 6:31:21 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: DBeers

There is a reason they call it ASSachusetts these days.


6 posted on 07/05/2006 6:54:41 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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It would appear that the taxpayer subsidized homosexual propaganda campaign ("gay culture"?) is also what David Parker opposes and is up against -what his federal lawsuit filed on April 27, 2006 against the school and the administrators is all about

EXCERPT:

WHEREFORE, plaintiffs, jointly and severally, respectfully request this honorable court:

1. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 5 2201, to declare and rule that there exists a justiciable controversy between the plaintiffs and the defendants;

2. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 5 2201, to issue a declaratory judgment declaring that each defendant has violated each of the plaintiffs' constitutional rights of due process as set forth above;

3. Order equitable and injunctive relief ordering that:

A. The plaintiff parents be expressly and clearly notified prior to any adult-directed or initiated classroom discussions of sexuality, gender identity, and marriage constructs, until such time as the children are in seventh grade. Such notification must be explicit about the content, given in a timely manner, and involve the written consent of parents to opt children into these presentations/discussions.

B. The plaintiff parents be presented with an opportunity to excuse the children from classroom presentations or discussions the intent of which is to have children accept the validity of, embrace, affirm, or celebrate views of human sexuality, gender identity, and marriage constructs.

C. The plaintiff parents be presented with an opportunity to excuse the children from classroom presentations or discussions when the intent is to have children accept the validity of, embrace, affirm or celebrate belief systems or religious perspectives.

D. The plaintiff parents be presented with an opportunity to attend, as silent observers, and record any school presentations or discussions of the aforementioned ideological/socialization perspectives.

E. That no materials graphically depicting homosexual physical contact be submitted to the students until the seventh grade, with the provisions of Sections 3A and 3C.


4. Order payment of compensatory damages to the extent allowed by law;

5. Order payment of special, exemplary, or punitive damages, to the fullest extent allowed by law;

6. Order payment of attorney's fees, expert fees, prejudgment interest, interest, costs and;

7. Provide such additional relief as the court deems just.

Link to David Parker Federal Lawsuit text
7 posted on 07/05/2006 7:12:52 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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HERE'S some really hateful actions:

'"His group is pegged by the gay community like a lunatic fringe, but I don't see it that way," said Tom Lang, co-director of KnowThyNeighbor.org, a Web site that publishes the names of individuals who sign anti-gay marriage petitions.'

This guy publishes names of people who sign ANTI-GAY petitions.!!!! What a jerk!


8 posted on 07/05/2006 7:53:39 PM PDT by bitt (NY Times to New York: Drop Dead!)
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To: DBeers
Brian Camenker and the watchdog activists at MassResistance jumped into action.

The group looks good to me, but MassResistance just sounds like a neo-Nazi group name.

9 posted on 07/05/2006 8:00:55 PM PDT by BostonianRightist (I probably haven't read the entire article, or checked my html.)
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To: DBeers

I was in Massachusetts this past weekend and visited a friend who has been working with pro-family groups the past three years, especially Focus on the Family (James Dobson's group). She explained to me that tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12th, the Mass. legislature is scheduled to vote on whether or not to put on the ballot in November 2008 a referendum on gay marriage.

Only 1/4 of the Mass. legislature has to vote for this referendum, which means only 50 legislators. BUT they have to repeat this legislative vote once more next year (2007). IF 1/4 of the legislators in Mass. vote YES -- to put the gay marriage issue to a vote of the people in 2008 -- and they vote YES two years in a row, then it will indeed go to the people of Massachusetts.

Of course, the people of Mass., by a large majority, want to protect the traditional definition of marriage as one man, one woman. So the gays of Mass. know they will lose if it is ever allowed to come before the people.

I ask all here on FreeRepublic to please pray (if you are so inclined) for the legislators of Massachusetts to vote YES for the people's referendum on Wednesday, July 12th.

Also, in case anybody here actually lives in Massachusetts, would you please, please call your state legislator and voice your approval of traditional marriage?

If there were no other reason, the most fundamental reason is the most important: Children cannot come into this world without a biological mother and father. They cannot function properly either, in the most healthy and productive way, without a loving mother and father. Of course, no law can force all heterosexual familes to be good for children, but the law should never work AGAINST public acknowledgement of the needs (and RIGHTS) of kids.

PLEASE, PLEASE do not give up on Massachusetts. There are many good, decent, God-loving people there who need to be supported. Also, don't descend to gay-bashing. Just uphold the positive, assert the rights and needs of the most vulnerable people in society (children), and stand firm. God is the author of the laws of Creation, and no human society can long thwart those laws and continue.

Thank you.


10 posted on 07/11/2006 11:44:23 AM PDT by Laura Lee (Pray for Massachusetts)
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To: DBeers

homosexual ...culture?

indiscriminate high risk sex,

life span of a mere average 40 years due to disease,

recruiting chilren in the public schools for sex,

claiming all the dead of history as soddomites,

homosexuals are obsessed with sex,

that is not a culture, that is a chosen lifestyle.


11 posted on 07/11/2006 11:52:46 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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