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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Free Publicity Never Hurts

I love the fact that some of these conservative rag blogs include a "comments" section directly below their posts for readers to add their own two cents. I presume the writer who posted the following article on "The Conservative Voice" -- about popular artists contributing to a pro-gay marriage CD -- assumed people were going to organize a revolt or something. Instead, the preponderance wanted to know where they could buy a copy immediately!

Here are some of the best bitch slaps:

"I don't think it's 'taking sides' to contribute music to a good cause. 'Taking sides' is being a big fat retard bigot and not listening to great artists like Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton because they actually demonstrate human compassion and love."

"Wow! This CD sounds GREAT. So many artists standing up for love without fear of the hate spewed like so much manure from the UNreligious right. I'll be in line to buy the CD not only for myself but all my friends. Kudos to the great stars that participated."

"Thanks for making me aware of this great album -- I plan to buy a copy! And way to go, Dolly, for standing up!"

"Dolly and the others epitomize what Jesus himself said: 'Love one another,' and 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.' Conservative people really need to re-read their Bibles. Thank God for people like Dolly and these folks on this CD who are not afraid to live as Christ asked us to."

"Looks like you're waaaaaay out numbered here. Maybe you should get out of the trailer park for some fresh air. LOVE CONQUERS ALL -- even hate mongers like the RADICAL religious right bigots!"

"Like many others on here, this is the first I've heard of this album. Sounds fantastic! I'm going to mention this to all the members in the church choir I conduct as they all appreciate a wide variety of music. Thank you so much for making us aware."

Unfortunately, the article didn't include a direct link that readers could click to order the CD. But, that's OK. Thanks to the "comments" section, I fixed that oversight.

Dolly Parton, Others Compile CD Benefiting Homosexual Group

Taking sides in a cultural battle, some of the nation's top artists -- including Mandy Moore, the Dixie Chicks and Dolly Parton -- have contributed to a CD that benefits the nation's largest homosexual activist organization.

All of the proceeds from the CD, "Love Rocks," will go to the Human Rights Campaign -- a homosexual activist organization that has figured prominently in the push to legalize same-sex "marriage" nationwide and works to promote "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights."

The two-disk CD set -- which is being released just in time for Valentine's Day -- features some 30 artists, including Yoko Ono, who sings "Every Man Has a Man." Other top artists are Christina Aguilera, Emmylou Harris, Pink and Carole King.

An HRC press release called the CD "groundbreaking." It was produced in a partnership between HRC and Centaur Entertainment.

Moore, who in 2002 starred in a movie ("A Walk to Remember") targeted to Christian teens, said she is glad to be a part of the project.

³Humankind has its problems, but love isn¹t one of them,² Moore, who sings "I Feel the Earth Move," said in a statement.

³When two people -- regardless of gender -- long to care for each other, to protect each other, to treasure each other, we should do everything we can to foster that. I¹m proud to be part of this album, which does just that.²

A statement by the Human Rights Campaign said the artists came together to "celebrate love and commitment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

But Focus on the Family's Melissa Fryrear, a former lesbian, said the CD's use of the word "love" is deceptive.
"'Love' is one of the Trojan horses for the acceptance of homosexuality," Fryrear, a gender issues analyst, said in an e-mail to Baptist Press. "Gay activists are trying to find an argument that carries emotional weight: 'love,' after all, sounds good to everyone.

"The problem, though, is their definition of 'love' is carefully camouflaged to mean more than Cupid ever meant it to mean. Their definition is meant to mean the acceptance and the celebration of homosexuality."

Apparently, the battle over same-sex "marriage" influenced at least some of the artists.

"My generation knows that if two people are fortunate enough to fall in love, they should be protected equally under the law," Moore told Rolling Stone.

Ono agreed.

³I just think it¹s a human rights issue,² Ono told Rolling Stone. ³The Constitution of this country is based on human rights and justice and freedom.... For [politicians] to say, ŒOK, we¹re going to change the Constitution so the gays can¹t get married,¹ I think it is outrageous.... I just immediately started to feel that it was important to send that message out that anybody can fall in love regardless of the difference of religion, or race, or sex, or age. Love is love. It¹s beautiful.²

Fryrear said that Christians should take note of the policies the Human Rights Campaign promotes.

"HRC is about more than simply promoting "love," Fryrear said. "As the most aggressive pro-gay lobby organization today, HRC is about accepting, promoting, and encouraging homosexuality combined with silencing any disagreeing opinion."

The artists that participated, Fryrear, deserve criticism.

"This is another example of celebrities using their platforms to promote the liberal ideological agenda that equates homosexuality with heterosexuality," she said.

The complete lineup of artists contributing to the CD follows: Christina Aguilera, Pink, Simply Red, Dixie Chicks, Nada Surf, Dido, Jen Foster, the Bootlickers, L.P., Sophie B. Hawkins, Keaton Simons, Rachael Yamagata, Matt Alber, Kinnie Starr, Eric Hinman, Carole King, Mandy Moore, Melissa Etheridge, the B-52's, Cyndi Lauper, Kimberley Locke, Yoko Ono, BT, Dave Koz, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garrin Benfield, Ari Gold, Jason and deMarco, Randi Driscoll, Billy Porter and Oleta Adams.

See for yourself --> http://www.theconservativevoice.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2416
Order "Love Rocks" here --> http://hrccornerstore.myimagefirst.com/store/product.asp?id=271&sku=11169&mscssid=DCVLH3JUDK2N9MS5P56PB5S1AJ7F1K10


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