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Daddy D and friends MIA on the Anthos murder

We all know why — the “professional ‘Christian'” set are a bunch of hypocrites, including James Dobson of Focus on the Family.

Jim Burroway over at Box Turtle Bulletin agrees. In an email he said:

When I attended Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out” conference in Phoenix three weeks ago, I heard Mike Haley of FOTF say that Christians need to step up and condemn murders like Matthew Shepherd’s.

Now that Andrew Anthos has been brutally murdered in the cold Detroit snow, Focus on the Family has remained silent. Just another example of saying one thing to their evangelical base (i.e. “We want to reach out and show our love for those who struggle with homosexuality”), and doing something else completely different for everyone else’s consumption.

Jim notes that Haley said these now-hollow words at the conference:

I think, too, we also have to be just as quick to also stand up when we do see the gay and lesbian community being come against as the Body of Christ. We need to be the first to speak out to say that what happened to Matthew Shepard was a terrible incident and should never happen again. And that we within the Body of Christ are wanting to protect that community and put our money where our mouth is?

Yet not a public peep from FOTF, Exodus, or the usual suspects about the brutal bashing that was responsible for the death of a 72-year-old gay man. FOTF instead chooses to continue its eternal quest to marginalize and demonize LGBT citizens by twisting junk science. Jim:

I don’t believe for one second that there is anyone at Focus on the Family or Exodus who feels anything but profound sorrow for Andrew Anthos’ brutal death. But I can’t help but notice that in the very same week when Focus had a chance to reach out to the gays and lesbians that they professed to love at Love Won Out, they chose instead to scour the Internet and find an extremely obscure, unpublished, non-peer-reviewed study – from China, of all places – to figuratively bash gays and lesbians here at home.

So this begs the question: Does Focus on the Family and Exodus say one thing to their Evangelical base and something else to the rest of us? Mike Haley’s right. They need to put their money where their mouth is. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that’s exactly what they did.

UPDATE: Advocate Reporter Barbara Wilcox passed along this news.

Police in Detroit released a sketch Thursday of the man suspected of killing Andrew Anthos, a 72-year-old disabled gay man whose dream was to light the Michigan State Capitol dome red, white and blue for Independence Day.

…”I promised two things, that I would get the dome lit and (pass) hate crimes (legislation), Anthos’ niece, Athena Fedenis, told Gay.com on Thursday. “I don’t think I’ll be getting enough rest till this is all done.”

…Anthos’ family has set up a foundation to raise funds toward his dream of lighting the dome. Donations may be made to Andrew’s Light, P.O. Box 66164, Roseville MI 48066.

Anyone with information on the slaying is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-2260 or anonymously to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Related:
* Exodus VP: gays haven’t suffered enough to deserve civil rights

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