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      Tuesday, August 08, 2006

07:01 AM - 08/08/2006

The topic: Offensive email


“This is not your typical newsletter from Outsidepride.com, Inc. In fact, this is the first one in six years which is not business related. I apologize for cluttering your inbox with an unsolicited email; however you are free to unsubscribe just by clicking the link at the bottom.
I want to share with you my television viewing experience the other night on prime time television. I ask those of you who agree with me to go to http://www.cbs.com and go to the bottom of the page, click the feedback link and express your opinion. I know the vast majority of you will agree with me as all polls indicate. We are the majority, not the minority as the liberal media would lead you to believe.

“My wife and I sat down to watch television the other night with our children. Cold Case was on which is normally a fairly enjoyable show to watch; however, the last half hour of the show dealt with a young man who wished he had asked his male friend to come with him (long story short). The show ended with the two men hugging and obvious intimation they had discovered their gay feelings towards each other. The very next show was Without A Trace. The whole last half hour of this show was about two lesbians who were struggling with their feelings of lesbianism. It ended with full acceptance from one father and the two lesbians making out. Yes, they were kissing right at the end of the show on public prime time television. So much for wholesome family television.

“Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be “promoted” as what is the norm for society. Text books are being rewritten as I am writing this to “highlight” every homosexual who has made a contribution to society. There are teachers who have been asked to make sure students know that, “This person in history was a homosexual.” History is being rewritten to promote homosexuality and prime time television is doing its best to make homosexuality a “normal” behavior. If homosexuality was the norm, civilization would have ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Procreation takes a man and a woman. There was Adam and then there was Eve, not Adam and Steve.

“There are literally tens of thousand of you reading this email right now. If you are tired of the way public television is going let CBS know! It will only take about 1 minute of your time. Again, just go to http://www.cbs.com and click the feedback link at the bottom. It is time the majority speak up and not let the minority run this country. The majority can bring back the Christian heritage this country was founded on because it is, “In God We Trust.”

“Thank you for your time,


Troy Hake
Outsidepride.com, Inc.

Thank you for shopping at Outsidepride.com!
Outsidepride.com, Inc.
Fax: 503-606-0659
URL: http://www.outsidepride.com”

This was a very bad business decision.  Sending out a preachy missive to his company’s mailing list.  I’ve already responded via their website and I’ve also removed myself from their mailing list and I reported his message to me as spam.  I don’t want a lecture on the morality of sexuality, no matter what kind.  Sex is sex.  It’s not moral or immoral (don’t forget, I was raised Catholic and that’s strongly flavored how I view religion and morality).

In my response to him, I let him know that I don’t believe that homosexuality is a moral thing.  I don’t believe that people “choose” to be gay, anymore than someone chooses to be short, chooses to be black, chooses to have big feet, chooses to have brown or blue eyes.  It’s how you’re born. I don’t believe pedophiles choose to be pedophiles or rapists choose to have those urges.  They’re already there.  You can surpress them or act on them, but they’re already there, it’s biological, not environmental. (Which is why I think one strike for sexual predators is a good thing, I don’t believe this is something that can be “cured”....just like being short can’t be “cured”.)

I’m not much for standing on a soapbox and shaking my fist at passersby, but this, this had me fuming.  How dare he?  How dare he push his narrowminded views off onto me?

I reported his mail as spam. The asshole.

I just noticed that he didn’t supply a phone number.  I got this one for orders on his website: 877-255-8470.

I think people should do the same thing to him he’s requesting they do to CBS.  Send him a message and let him know you won’t buy from him and why.  Oh, and he sells stuff for landscaping.  Soil products, seeds, tools, those kinds of things, just in case you were wondering.

That’s totally unethical for him to use his BUSINESS e-mail to tout a PERSONAL feeling such as he did.  I feel the same way you do.  And there are far worse things to campaign against the networks for if you’re going to go that route.  It doesn’t bother me that people are gay or lesbian.  I don’t like two heterosexual people making out in front of me anymore than I like two homosexual people doing it.  That’s their business, not mine.  Shame on this guy for sending out this e-mail.

Posted by Lisa @ Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 6:19:02 PM

Too bad he can’t use his time to expand on his business, he must not need customers very badly.
Last time I heard the Bible says to forgive, try to understand and not pass judgement on one another. I am no expert but I think that is a basic in the Good Book. Well, maybe he needs to dig a little deeper into what it means to be a christian or does he know something I don’t.

Posted by Kathy B @ Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 7:45:46 PM

I got this letter also from Outsidepride.  I was so angry since all our previous business was seeds and bulbs to plant.  Totally out of the blue and I am a gay person.  I never forced my agenda on him when I bought the gardening supplies.  I have let everyone and every organization I can think of know about this letter. He will be on Gay Hate Watch everywhere.  Talk about Business Suicide.

Posted by Patrick C @ Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:54:50 PM

It’s jerks like him that helped drive me away from organized religion.  I’m sick and tired of these narrow-minded, heartless a**holes trying to tell me that their “religious” beliefs are ultimate truths and that anybody who doesn’t share the same opinions is doomed to hellfire and damnation.  I truly don’t understand what difference it makes whether a person is gay or straight.  People are people.

Posted by Trudy @ Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 4:42:57 PM

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