I did some research (translation: asked one of my cop friends) and found out that the TV station that keeps slamming TLG and its members (including me, this blog’s humble author) is the media arm of a party called the Christian Democratic Movement of Georgia.
The Christian Democrats are the most popular of Georgia’s many opposition parties. However, they are, at present, nowhere near strong enough to actually win an election. All they can really do is make a lot of noise.
This party wants to establish an official state religion in Georgia. This party opposes TLG because us Westerners are immoral. This party is so opposed to gay rights that they would rather have Georgia criminalize gay behavior than have Georgia remain in the Council of Europe. That’s right, the Christian Democrats basically want to cut ties to Europe and the West because the West is evil and immoral and full of gay people.
This is the party that has orchestrated a smear campaign against TLG. They have targeted a number of TLG members as examples of the immorality that foreigners will bring to Georgia – including myself and Tomas Fletcher.
Now, I’m all for free and open debate, but it seems like these people are targeting individuals and resorting to tactics that seem more like personal intimidation than spirited debate, and are getting more and more tabloid-like with each new round of attacks. And of course when they ran their little news segment about my blog, they didn’t bother to contact me, or to get any of the details right – like who I teach or where I live, for example.
So first, to all TLGers, both current and prospective – you need to know that anything you do in public and anything you put on the internet could potentially be taken out of context and used against you and/or TLG by the Georgian equivalents of Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson. If you don’t want this kind of attention, you may need to tighten up the privacy controls on your facebook and password-protect your blog. If, on the other hand, you have no problem going toe to toe with these idiots, I urge you to speak out for what you think is right.
And second, to the Christian Democratic Movement and your propaganda machine Maestro – you guys are jerks. Maestro, for masquerading as news without mustering a shred of journalistic integrity; and the Christian Democrats as a whole for trying to strip gay people of their basic human rights. That’s right, you are jerks, and your opinions are bad, your actions are immoral, and your hatred of other human beings if fundamentally evil, not to mention un-Christian. We have people like you in the US, too – people who are so backwards-thinking and regressive that they can’t even see how obsolete and ridiculous they are.
Here’s a news flash, assholes: nobody gives a shit about your little manufactured scandals. The more publicity you give to us Westerners and our scandalous ways, the more used to it Georgians will become and the less anyone will care about your vapid temper tantrums. So bring it on, because as long as we are working together to solve real problems, and you are working against us to invent fake problems, all you do is highlight how small-minded and useless you are. And feel free to quote me on that on your cable news show.
This song’s for you, Christian Democratic Movement of Georgia:
Video: Bad Religion, Operation Rescue