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[livejournal.com profile] stoney321 received an email from her gardening company Outsidepride.com yesterday. (read about it here) The email from Outsidepride.com's president Troy Hake said:

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 www.cbs.com and go to the bottom of the page, click the feed back 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 goto 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.

Dear Troy Hake,

I received your email regarding homosexuality on television programs that run late in the Primetime scheduling block, programs that show graphic violence and gore, that show women being absued, children murdered or abused, and so forth.

It's interesting that you sent a spam email to all of your company's mailing list because of your horrified reaction to love. Two people who love each other. Yes, they happen to be the same sex. It's interesting that any time those shows have graphic heterosexual sex, I have yet to receive a spam-type email from you or your company, not that I want one, mind. Gratuitous sex is fine, as long as it's between people with the parts you approve of interlocking? That's quite hypocritical.

Even though you state that you are NOT a bigot, that you are NOT bashing homosexuals, you ARE. You are a bigot by saying it is wrong. That's... what a bigot IS, sir.

Interesting that abuse, cruelty and neglect to children, and graphic violence makes "good tv," but two people finding love and happiness - as exhibited through the innocent act of kissing - is wrong .

You have utterly convinced me that I will never use any of your products. Nor will any of my friends. I will be sure to send your email with my response to as many people as I can, so they can write in and let YOU know how we feel about how "Outsidepride" is doing. Just like you asked other bigots and hate-mongers to write in to CBS.

You should be ashamed of yourself, but I'm sure you won't be. And I'm sure you've completely forgotten that Jesus Christ himself said, "As I have loved you, love one another." There was not an addendum that it was okay to hate certain groups.

Best regards that I can muster,
Laura M____________
Texas Master Gardener

So. Here's where YOU come in. THIS IS THE CONTACT PAGE for the company, Outsidepride.com. Please take the time to email them and let them know how bigoted they are. I hope their mail servers gets so many hits, it bogs down. PLEASE DO NOT USE INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE. Do not give them fuel to say "I told you so." Be polite. Be firm. And pass this on to as many people as you'd like. Link, cut and paste, repost, whatever you feel necessary.

Here is their mailing address, if you would prefer to send something handwritten:
Outsidepride.com, Inc.
915 N. Main
Independence, OR 97351
Fax: 503-606-0659 (Thanks for the great idea, [livejournal.com profile] carmelonia!)

I'd like to remind everyone that they sell SOIL and GLOVES. What that has to do with homosexuals on TV is beyond me. Ridiculous.

Mister Hake,

I have two issues with the email you sent to your company's mailing list regarding the issue of homosexuality being shown on the CBS in the PrimeTime block.

First, using your company's mailing list to further your own agenda. My reaction had been the same, had you used the mailing list to promote homosexuality or to complain about violence on tv. You were using your company as a platform as your private mailing list, and this is, from a business approach, always wrong. It is a mailing list which should only be used under the terms of which the members had agreed to; news about products from your company. Not your own personal soapbox.

Second, your suggestion in the email itself to contact the CBS. You suggested to thousands of members on that list, that they email the CBS and push your personal feelings regarding the subjects the CBS chooses to air.

How could you have thought this was a good idea?

I've read the replies from your company to other emails like this, and they state that you are also against the violence, gore and mature themes shown on PrimeTime tv, yet, none of those subjects spurred you to email the entire company mailing list with your personal feelings on the subject.

You are a bigot, and mentioning 'it's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve' and 'Yes, they were kissing right at the end of the show on public prime time television. So much for wholesome family television' (as if homosexual kisses were less 'wholesome' than heterosexual kisses) are nausea inducing homophobic, sir.

As you yourself suggested, mailing lists can have thousands of members and if they speak together, the voice will be heard, I will be emailing your initial email and my reply to all mailing lists I'm a member of (but I will be abiding by the rules of each list's terms of service) and I will link, blog and send it to as many people as I can.

Your email was highly inappropriate, and your own personal feelings about homosexuality should not have been spewed on your company's mailing list.

[Firstname] [Lastname]

So far, as far as I know, the email and reactions have been posted on [livejournal.com profile] queer_rage, Fandom_lounge, Pam's House Blend, [livejournal.com profile] queencallipygos's journalist friend and LJ's, GJ's and FJ's all over.
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