GLAAD Tidings, But Not of Comfort and Joy

December 31st,

 

by Rev Karen Booth, Juicy Ecumenism

 

What do Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, comedian Bob Newhart and former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer all have in common?

 

 

If you answered “Christian faith,” that would be partly correct. Robertson is a member and Bible class teacher at a local congregation of the Church of Christ?not to be confused with the ultra-liberal United Church of Christ. Newhart is a born-and-bred Catholic. And Schaefer, who recently lost his clergy credentials in a highly publicized church trial, is a brand new laity member of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington DC.

 

 

But what you might not have guessed is that all three of these men’s lives have been influenced by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD for short. Since its inception in New York in 1985, GLAAD has grown to become one of the chief secular LGBT advocacy groups in the nation, and the one with the most control over programming of news and entertainment. Its overarching goal is to ensure that only positive LGBT-related images and stories appear in the national media. So it distributes a Media Reference Guide – the most recent 8th edition coming out in 2010 – that instructs reporters, editors and producers on what is, or is not, considered to be “fair, accurate and inclusive” coverage. Supporters can notify GLAAD of any “offensive media incidents” that violate these “suggested” guidelines via a user-friendly online form.

 

 

 

 

Read also:  Life on GLAAD’s Blacklist by Robert Oscar Lopez

 

 

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