Friday, January 25, 2008

They're Coming to Your Town

The American Family Association has put together a new video. I think they mean it to sound frightening, but the blurb on their website somehow doesn't quite strike fear in my heart. Check it out:
Residents of the small Arkansas town of Eureka Springs noticed the homosexual community was growing. But they felt no threat. They went about their business as usual. Then, one day, they woke up to discover that their beloved Eureka Springs, a community which was known far and wide as a center for Christian entertainment--had changed. The City Council had been taken over by a small group of homosexual activists.
Not scared yet? AFA isn't finished. They up the crazy a bit.
The Eureka Springs they knew is gone. It is now a national hub for homosexuals. Eureka Springs is becoming the San Francisco of Arkansas.
Aaaaahhhh! Not the San Francisco of Arkansas!
City Council member Joyce Zeller said the city will now be promoted, not as a Christian resort, but a city “selling peace, relaxation, history and sex.”
Now this statement actually does disturb me. I wouldn't want to live in a community known as a hotspot for promiscuity. So I watched the trailer for the video, thinking the might have some intense footage that would raise my blood pressure.

Um, no. Check out the trailer for yourself. There's something about the narrator's
"kindly old man" voice that just doesn't strike fear in my heart. Furthermore, the only footage they offer is of old Christians who are saying indignant things about gay people vacationing in their city. But there are no videos of Folsom Street Fairs in the middle of Eureka. Just some footage of a few people in pink hats.

Yawn. Well, order your copy today. Or, as the AFA website says in boldface, red text:
Special Offer! Save over 33%! Order a 5 pack and put this vital information in the hands of your local officials, pastors and other community leaders.
Something tells me supplies won't be running out any time soon. "5 pack"s? Seriously, folks. Who buys videos in a 5 pack?


D.J. Free! said...

wait. it's a "Christian town"? then we're not COMING to your town, we're already freakin' THERE! we're just in the closet ;)

Joe Moderate said...

tee hee :-) true dat.

Eureka Gay Man said...

I will probably be assigned to gay-hell for it, but I ordered the video and have spent the past two weeks showing it to as many citizens of Eureka Springs, AR as I can. It's a nasty little piece of right-wing propaganda that would be laughable, if it weren't deadly serious. It's target is the town's sizeable gay population--about 20 percent out of 2200 souls. But what really caught the AFA's attention is that we have the only Domestic Partnership Registry in the state; more than 50 gay-owned businesses and four Diversity Weekends a year that attract thousands of gay and straight tourists. In other words, we're too out, too visible, too uppity for the ultra "Christian" AFA.

That's okay. Eureka Springs has been a gay-friendly vacation destination for decades. And now, via its vile little mockumentary, the AFA is making sure everybody knows. They may be the best ad agency we've ever had.

For more info see., or

Then, after your visit to this magical mountaintop village, send the AFA a thank you note.

Joe Moderate said...


no kidding! 20% of the city is gay? Wow. And the town only has 2200 people?

Ah, I'm beginning to realize why the gay influx is so noticeable.

Are the straights there rather anti-gay? Do they persecute the vacationers or the businesses? This is really interesting to me. I had just assumed AFA was making a mountain out of a molehill.

seithman said...

Thanks for the links, Eureka! It looks like a pretty nice place to visit.

I think the fact that the trailer has no shots aimed at sensationalism is very telling with regards to just how much of a non-issue this is.

Though I must admit that I'm tempted to check out the video myeslf. How much is it?

-- Jarred.

Peterson Toscano said...

I first viewed the trailer this morning and thought--"Don't they know, we are already in their towns. Many of us were born there. Sure some of us felt driven away for a time, but many of us are moving back home."

And like d.j. free mentioned, lots of us never left, just hung out in the closet.

No one OWNS a town. It is made up of the citizens and some happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and they deserve a place at the table if they want to do public service and community service or simply live as citizens.

RikFleming said...

The biggest problem is most Christians in America today are so preoccupied with escaping this society via a mythical secret rapture that they really do not care what is going on around them in culture:

"So what if homosexuals are taking over towns, we're going to be raptured out of here soon anyway!"

Homosexuals or anybody else cannot "take over" any portion of our culture in which Christians have not abandoned or abdicated their responsibility to be salt and light.

They do not need to "take over" what the church has given over to them.


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