PFOX Responds to Ann Coulter Critics

Presidential Nominee John Edwards Tries to Raise “Coulter Cash”

[USPRwire, Tue Mar 06 2007] The John Edwards presidential campaign is attempting to raise $100,000 in cash this week in order to combat ‘bigotry’ and ‘hate’ stemming from commentator Ann Coulter’s derogatory remark about him. “It is hypocritical of Sen. Edwards to criticize Ann Coulter for her remarks when he hired a campaign worker who used hate speech and foul language to describe ex-gays,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). “Coulter’s use of language in a joke was over the top, but so was the conduct of Edwards’ staff member.”

Because Greg Quinlan of Ohio Pro-Family Network is openly ex-gay, Melissa McEwan, a former Edwards campaign blogger, called Quinlan a ‘useless, self-loathing turd’ on her blog. “No one should be subjected to hateful name calling, either gay or ex-gay,” said Griggs. “Unlike Coulter, McEwan’s statement was not made in jest or for humorous purposes.”

McEwan’s statement about former homosexuals is set forth below:

Oh, and I see on your sh--bag website that “Hate Crimes Bills” are one of your priorities. What does that have to do with families? Or did you get that bug up you’re a--, Greg, when you went through your “conversion” and got out of the “gay lifestyle” you lived for the first half of your life? Just because you were “miserable” as a gay man and were “ashamed of being gay,” doesn’t give you the right to try to ungay-by-law all the other people who don’t feel ashamed of themselves, you useless, self-loathing turd.

“We are still waiting for the Edwards campaign to issue a statement in support of the ex-gay community,” said Griggs. “In response to Coulter’s comments, Edwards announced that he believes it is ‘our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it,’ but we’re still waiting for him to do so.”

“Individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions have the right to pursue alternatives to homosexuality without being subjected to ridicule or marginalization,” Griggs said. “Ex-gays should not have to be closeted for fear of being publicly maligned. They do not think something is wrong with them just because they decided to fulfill their heterosexual potential. Nor do they believe others should condemn them for the personal decision they have made for their lives. All people should be treated with dignity regardless of their sexual preference. We can make our political points without resorting to name calling.”


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