Mass Resistance

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Brian CamenkerMassResistance is a Waltham, Massachusetts-based anti-gay group[4][5] that promotes socially conservative positions on issues relating to homosexuality, abortion, anti-bullying, gun control, the transgender community and same-sex marriage. It was founded by Brian Camenker in 1995 as the Parents’ Rights Coalition, and in 2003 it changed its name to Article 8 Alliance. It adopted its current name, MassResistance, in 2006.[3][6]

MassResistance’s activism takes several forms, including promoting its views via its website, blog, email, lobbying, and voters’ guides.[7][8][9][10][11]

The group has been critical of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for maintaining moderate positions on LGBT rights during his term as governor.[8][12] The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated MassResistance an anti-gay hate group, in part for its claim that suicide prevention programs aimed at gay youth were “put together by homosexual activists to normalize homosexuality”.[3][5]

Since March 2008, the nonprofit civil rights organization[26][27][28] Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed MassResistance as an active anti-gay hate group.[3][5][29]

In 1996 MassResistance’s leader, Brian Camenker claimed that suicide prevention programs aimed at gay youth actually were “put together by homosexual activists to normalize homosexuality”. MassResistance also asserted that groups such as the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which support school anti-bullying programs, actually want to “lure children into homosexuality and, very possibly, sadomasochism“.[3]

MassResistance has also insisted that gays were “trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals“, later adding, “They [gays and lesbians] are pushing perversion on our kids”.[3]

MassResistance has made claims that no homosexuals died in the The Holocaust of World War II, that the “pink triangle the Nazis forced imprisoned gays to wear actually signified Catholic priests”, and that “gays are dangerous to kids”. They have also made comments regarding “skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence[3][30] and called a gay pride event a “depraved” display that featured “a great deal of obviously disturbed, dysfunctional, and extremely self-centered people whose aim was to push their agenda”.[3]

On its website, MassResistance has rebuked the SPLC, writing “The SPLC has created and advertises its bizarre and offensive list of those it labels “hate groups”, “extremists”, and “domestic terrorists” that even includes the Tea Party“.[31]

In 2000 members of the Parents’ Rights Coalition attended a statewide conference, called “Teach-Out”, that was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, held at Tufts University.

One student asked about fisting and was provided with an explanation.[56] MassResistance dubbed the incident “Fistgate” after one of its members “secretly recorded the workshop”.[57][58] A state employee who participated in the discussion filed suit against Camenker and Scott Whiteman as a result of the distribution of the tape recordings.[59]

In October 2008, MassResistance employee Michael Olivio was arrested for disorderly conduct at a school after parents became concerned about his taking many pictures of their children.[60] When questioned by police, he explained that he was filming footage for a documentary, but mistook an elementary school for a high school. When asked by police to leave, Olivio began to “act erratically”; he “ran through yards […] shedding clothing”. Camenker backed up Olivio’s story that he was working for the MassResistance, but went to the wrong school.[60]

 

 

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