I got some very amusing hate mail this week!
Many folks out in the LGBT activism world are familiar with Sharon Kass. She regularly trolls advocates of equality with emails extolling ex-gay therapy and the ex-gay group NARTH. In fact, Truth Wins Out has been tracking her for some time, and she’s also had run-ins with my friends at The Bilerico Project, Good As You, and others. She contributes occasionally to some uber-conservative sites like WorldNetDaily, where her schtick is the same.
Most recently, Kass targeted Tennessee 11-year-old Marcel Neergaard, who successfully petitioned Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst group to rescind an education award from state Rep. John Ragan (R), sponsor of the pro-bullying “Don’t Say Gay” bill. (I met Marcel’s mom, Misty, this summer at Netroots Nation, and let me just say that the world would be lucky to have more moms like her.) Kass wrote to Marcel’s dad telling him that he was responsible for Marcel’s homosexuality, which she called a “disorder of deep-seated gender self-alienation.” She went on to explain how the family clearly didn’t want a second boy and so the distance between father and son is what caused Marcel to be gay. “The ex-gay truth,” she wrote, “will prevail in this country.”
A Change.org petition asking Kass to stop sending hate mail currently has over 600 signatures.
I’ve heard from Kass plenty of times myself. Back in September, she even suggested that we hold a public debate. After exchanging a few emails, she decided I was not a “worthy opponent” because I sneer at “Christians” (her quotes, not mine) and ignore “original sources” (those quotes are mine) like NARTH, Joseph use-gay-porn-to-cure-homosexuality Nicolosi, and Richard hit-a-pillow-with-a-tennis-racket Cohen.
I was disappointed, actually, because I don’t know if “Sharon Kass” is a real person. I’ve never seen a picture of her anywhere. I’ve never seen her make a public appearance anywhere. Her name outside of her hate mail might not even be Sharon — she might not even be a she. (That would be disappointing, because I hate misgendering people.) During the should-we-have-a-debate debate, I asked to see a picture of her, and I think that may have put her off.
But this week, I heard from her out of the blue! And this time, she wrote a custom article about me! It includes some quite random quotes from here at ZackFord Blogs as well as over at ThinkProgress. I replied to ask her if it was published anywhere, but her only reply was, “To quote Hillary… what difference does it make?” I sure hope that my sexual identity doesn’t become an overblown fake scandal like Benghazi, but I assume — with some Google confirmation — that she meant “no.” So, I’ll solve her that problem and print it here because I think it’s just so amusing. To be nice, I’ll even toss in some links to my posts and her sources (since she only included the reference list at the bottom). Here is a direct copy and paste of her email:
Zack Ford, Captive of Gayness
October 29, 2013
I’m just a regular guy, I think. Well, maybe.–Zack Ford, “Who is Zack Ford?” ZackFordBlogs.com
He’s young. He’s Leftist. He’s gay.
Welcome to the world of Zack Ford, head gay at the Leftist D.C. think tank the Center for American Progress.
He’s a self-described atheist. Psychologist Paul Vitz, in his Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism, explains how an early troubled relationship (or nonrelationship) with the father contributes to a lifelong troubled relationship with authority. God, of course, is the Ultimate Authority.
Male homosexuality originates in faulty bonding and identification with the father, starting at or before age two. Psychologist Joseph Nicolosi discusses this in his article “Fathers of Male Homosexuals: A Collective Clinical Profile.” To the male homosexual, with his insecure masculinity, the male object of desire is not the object of mature erotic love but a source of a masculine fix. (A “gay” relationship may have an element of true friendship, but the erotic part is neurotic.)
He says, of himself, that being adopted is “just kind of cool.” He’s in denial. Being casual about family ties is a pose he puts on in order to escape his feeling of hurt. Deep down, he wonders what role his having been adopted played in his father’s difficulty relating to him.
He loves knocking ex-gays and critics of homosexuality. But he’s got no opposing case. He’s very invested in being a “sexual minority” because then he gets to be part of a “protected class” like blacks and gets to force his fellow Americans to affirm his “gay identity.” Nicolosi’s “Gay as Self-Reinvention” explains this.
It [the assertion that "gay" is psychotherapeutically treatable]‘s the latest evidence that all of these groups [such as Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays and the Family Research Council] are actively working against the lives of LGBT people ….
Ex-gay Rich Wyler, founder of People Can Change, had the opportunity to reiterate many untrue ex-gay talking points, including unfounded “causes” for a gay orientation, the misguided notion that it’s ethical to support a patient who wants ex-gay therapy, and a completely inaccurate comparison between ex-gay and transgender patients. …. NPR [National Public Radio] has no obligation to highlight their [ex-gays'] harmful, anti-scientific, and anti-gay views as having any merit.
Ford lives in a bubble of denial, a Leftist bubble. All his life, he has been among the millions of Americans who have been used for bogus civil rights cache. He makes his living repeating unsubstantiated talking points. He is a captive of gay-ness.
GayScam could end as soon as 2021. If Zack Ford is smart, he’ll get real help and start working on learning who is really is. No time to waste. ///
Sources: http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com, www.zackfordblogs.com. For real information, see www.narth.com, www.gaytostraight.org, www.peoplecanchange.com, www.jonahweb.org, www.janellehallman.com, www.josephnicolosi.com, www.voiceofthevoiceless.info, and www.pfox.org. The 2013 meeting of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality is November 8-9 in Phoenix.
So, a couple quick thoughts:
- I don’t think I’m the “head gay” at CAP. Lots of other people are doing great LGBT work there, and they definitely do not report to me.
- If gay sex is “neurotic,” so what?
- Why is GayScam, whatever it is, going to end in 2021? I didn’t get any memos.
- Why is everything my dad’s fault? Is it his fault I also don’t like peanut butter?
Speaking of my dad, I showed him Kass’s letter. He wrote me the following response:
Tell her the next meeting of the National Association of “Hypocrites of America” is on November 3, 2013, at your local church. Remember Ms. Sharon, Jesus despised the hypocrites and the money lenders (rich white right wing bankers).
My dad always jokes that he likes to read the last lines of my posts (which he reads daily, by the way), because he enjoys how I drive home whatever point I’m trying to make. I think I’ll let his be the final point here, though.