THE HOMOSEXUAL MANIFESTO: SATIRE OR REALITY? Bradlee Dean

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THE HOMOSEXUAL MANIFESTO: SATIRE OR REALITY? Bradlee Dean

I just came across this article by Bradlee Dean titled HOMOSEXUAL MANIFESTO: SATIRE OR REALITY?

Bradlee Dean is an ordained preacher, talk-show host of the Sons of Liberty Radio, and has a ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. He speaks in High Schools and College campuses all over America and produced a documentary “My War”. Dean’s promotion likens him to Martin Luther King Jnr. I THINK NOT! The Homosexual Manifesto, referred to in Dean’s commentary is an article written by Michael Swift in 1987. Swifts article was written at the request of the Gay Community News as satirical “proof” of the so-called insidious and perverted “Gay Agenda” that conservative right wing Christian were claiming .  The original article was titled “Gay Revolutionary”.

Context is everything

The 1987 essay was written after nearly two decades of relentless hostile opposition from religious groups while gay and lesbian people sought to change laws that classed them as criminals and discriminated against them in areas such as employment and housing. Groups  such as Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Pat Robertson’s The Christian Coalition and Anita Bryant’s Save our Children campaign being the most well known.

After years of cruel and hurtful lies being told about gay and lesbian people including claims that we recruit and we will take over the world unless we are stopped, Michael Swift wrote this piece in response. It (tongue in cheek) describes a scenario in which homosexual men dominate American society and suppress all things heterosexual. It was a joke. No gay or lesbian people since 1987 have used it as a blueprint for takeover. The majority wouldn’t even know of it’s existence.

Nearly 30 years later religious conservatives still quote this text, but they always omit the vital first line, which sets the context for the piece.

“This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.”

Every version of this essay found on Christian websites and books always fail to mention this important fact. This is not and has never been the gay agenda.

Dean’s professionally produced video quotes Michael Swifts article as fact with clever images to reinforce the fear-mongering  message Dean wants to portray.To Dean, as a Christian, I would like to remind you of a couple of bible verses. Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour and Exodus 23:1 “Do not spread false reports“. Either you haven’t done your research about the piece you quoted or you have intentionally used it manipulatively to incite fear and anti-gay activism. Whichever it is, both are inappropriate and un-Christian. The latter is evil. Take action (only two minutes)

  1. Go to the video Homosexual Manifesto Threatens America
  2. Click on the thumbs down icon under the heading ‘I dislike this’
  3. Hover your mouse over the flag on the right (report) and click
  4. Check Hateful or abusive content
  5. Drop down menu select Promotes hatred or violence
  6. Optional: You have the option of writing 500 characters of why you think this should be removed.
  7. Hit submit.

Here’s what I wrote:

This video is about an essay that was written as a satire. To quote the author Michael Swift “This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.” The person who put this up is using it irresponsibly to promote hatred of gay and lesbian people and justify anti-gay beliefs and motivate people to oppose moves for equality and to end discrimination. It is offensive and dangerous.

  • More on the infamous Bradlee Dean in the Huffington Post here

© Anthony Venn-Brown 

By |2017-08-16T09:50:18+00:00May 3rd, 2013|Categories: General, Video|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

About the Author:

Anthony Venn-Brown
Anthony Venn-Brown is one of Australia’s foremost commentators on faith and sexuality. His best-selling autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith', details his journey from being one of the first in the world to experience religious gay conversion therapy, becoming a married, high profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, to living as an openly gay man. Anthony was the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b. He is an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy myth. Anthony is the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International. Anthony has been recognised on a number of occassions for his contribution and impact including being twice voted one of 'The 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’.

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous April 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Bradlee Dean writes in paragraph 8 'Swift’s original preface stated: “This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.”

    • Anthony Venn-Brown April 10, 2014 at 5:08 am - Reply

      yes you are right. I can't recall that being there when I read the article though. Maybe it was added latter after criticisms.

      Dean says "I lay this to your candor. You decide if this is merely a satire, or if this is actually being played out in reality." This statement cannot be taken seriously. The average gay man or lesbian today has never even heard of Swift's "Manifesto" let alone believe it to be the blue print for achieving equality. The only people who seem to take Swifts article seriously are anti-gay conservative Christians who keep recycling the 1987 satire.

      Floyd Corkins was an obviously mentally unstable person and no LGBT person in their right mind would condone his crazy violent actions. Bradlee Dean suggesting that this kind of behaviour is part of an LGBT community strategy is false and completely irresponsible

  2. Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    You know you are such a liar because that you tube video proves all that was said in that essay IS happening. So Swift wasn't kidding. He was planning. And trust me when I say all you child molesters will get your karma honey…..especially those of you who adopt. NO ONE has more rage than adults who were molested and raped as kids. All of you deserve what you are going to get too. We will make sure it is the life in solitary confinement in prison or the death penalty through the prison system. You are NOT going to win you fing losers…..

    • Anthony Venn-Brown May 15, 2014 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Of course this would have to be an "anonymous" comment. No one in their right mind would publicly take ownership of what you just said. Actually, no one in their right mind would even say it.

  3. Mike Wunder June 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    When I see the gay influence in the schools policy and children's books, when I see a Baker and a Photographer denied their 1st Amendment rights for the sake of the gay community in the name of discrimination, which is not discrimination. If they were denied a public service, or service at a restaurant then THAT would be discrimination. This is someone requesting the services of another's Artistic abilities which are protected under the 1st Amendment, as is a persons Right to Freely practice and express their religion. To deny someone access to someone elses Artistic ability is not discrimination, and yet here we are. A baker and a photographer are both denied their 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, and Expression of their Artistic talent based on their religious conviction. That is tyranny! I see a bunch of politicians lining up to support the "Gay Agenda" sacrificing Christians' rights. I see activist judges supporting this as well. Do I believe that all "gays" are at this level of militarism? No. But I see enough politicians, judges, teachers, and other societal leaders that will manipulate society and policy to bring this about. So is it satire or reality? Sadly, I see the results of this Manifest becoming reality.

    • Anthony Venn-Brown June 12, 2014 at 4:05 am - Reply

      Hey Mike….I think from what Jesus said the Christian has no rights. They are slaves to Christ and a servant to all. I think what you are seeing becoming a reality is the universal acceptance of basic human rights. This is not a gay agenda or manifesto.

  4. Anonymous February 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    You're quoting Exodus to him??? Now that's hypocrisy!
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  5. Bob Bobson March 1, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Satire? Yet what is spoken of in the manifesto is already starting to happen all over the world… EVERYONE (including Anthony Venn-Brown) knows that homosexuality is wrong, whether they want to admit it to themselves or not. Homosexuality is just another way of being perverted, and calling it a "right", "freedom", or "love" is a clear sign of stupidity, arrogance, dishonesty, insanity, and immorality. If we truly loved people we would correct their wrong doing and try to free them from their immoral sickness of homosexual perversion. And no, Anthony, a man thrusting his penis into another man's rectum to "get off" is certainly not enlightenment, so stop lying and trying to make things look like something they obviously are not.

    • Anthony Venn-Brown March 1, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Its challenging not to respond with the same vitriol that you have displayed in the tone of your comment Bob. …but I will refrain. You clearly have some issues to work through and not ones that I can help you with. I live with the quiet confidence that one day people like yourself will be no more. Till that day we continue to overcome ignorance and misinformation with truth and create a world where all people are treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

  6. Anonymous March 19, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Where is the respect and dignity for all those in the homosexual community who have become homosexual because they were sexually traumatised or for another reason (and there are many), which means that they were not born that way. How are leaders in the homosexual community like yourself addressing the fact that there may be many people who are not actually homosexual and mistakenly think themselves to be. Instead all the public hear is we have the right to be homosexual and its normal. In many cases it is not, yet all you and other homosexual people care about is encouraging people to be homosexual and stay homosexual when the reality is when you experience sexual trauma, you don't suddenly turn heterosexual but it does happen the other way around, which has obvious implications and when the media portrays stereotypical natural families, it does not influence people to become heterosexual, they are naturally so but it does work the other way around where they media influences people who are normally not homosexual to explore being so. If you are such a righteous, caring and respectful community how is it that you will not address or accept that everyone is not born this way and instead you promote it in all cases as being natural, further damaging the very people you claim to care about and taking away the rights of these same people to be heterosexual.

    • Anthony Venn-Brown March 20, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

      The following article from http://www.kalimunro.com/article_malesurvivors.html appears to give a very balanced perspective on the dilemmas of gay men who have experienced sexual abuse, particularly as children. I don't know if anyone is willing to discuss this topic but he raises some provocative ideas, including:

      "Gay survivors can feel like their sexuality is as shameful as their abuse was, and may have a hard time separating the two.

      "…given the likelihood that the survivor was abused by someone that he knew and trusted, it may feel easier, or safer, to have sex with someone he doesn't know or trust.

      "A gay survivor who sees a causal relationship between the abuse and his sexuality is likely to experience a lot of conflict about being gay…

      "But even if he is comfortable with being gay, he may struggle to let himself enjoy being sexual and close with another man.

      "During sex, he may find himself behaving or responding in similar ways to the way he behaved or was forced to behave when he was abused."

      Personally speaking, abuse played a big part in preventing me from coming out for more than 20 years. It also played a major role in how I responded to my relationships with men in the process. Am I really free of the shadow?

      How does Sexual Abuse and Homophobia Effect Gay Men?

      "Both sexual abuse and homophobia have a profound impact on gay men's ability to feel comfortable with themselves, their bodies, their sexuality, and their sexual relationships. If sexual abuse is a gay man's framework for understanding what it is to be gay, being gay may be viewed as something profoundly shameful and dirty; and something that needs to be hidden, like a dreadful secret. This association with the abuse, in addition to the homophobia that lesbians and gays routinely face, makes it particularly hard for gay survivors to feel comfortable with themselves, their bodies, their sexuality and coming out. Gay survivors can feel like their sexuality is as shameful as their abuse was, and may have a hard time separating the two. They may feel like they are abusers, feeling as though they are guilty too, or they may worry that all gay men are abusive.

      If a survivor's understanding of what it means to be gay is derived from having been sexually abused by older men, a survivor may express his sexuality through anonymous sex with older men. Of course, this can be a choice apart from abuse, but it can also be a replaying of something familiar and unresolved. In addition, given the likelihood that the survivor was abused by someone that he knew and trusted, it may feel easier, or safer, to have sex with someone he doesn't know or trust.

      The gay survivor may worry, "Am I gay because of the abuse?" In my experience, this question reflects how badly he feels about himself and his sexuality, and the question is a result of the combined effects of sexual abuse and homophobia. Survivors often feel shameful, "bad" and "dirty," and believe they are "damaged goods." In a homophobic context, this shame extends to being gay. Straight survivors may feel dirty about themselves and having sex, but they do not feel dirty about being straight. A gay survivor who sees a causal relationship between the abuse and his sexuality is likely to experience a lot of conflict about being gay, and may end up resigning himself to being gay. He doesn't feel good about the abuse, so how can he feel good about something he believes is caused by the abuse?

      If he's fortunate, he is able to distinguish between sexual abuse and being gay. But even if he is comfortable with being gay, he may struggle to let himself enjoy being sexual and close with another man. Having sex with a man can bring up frightening feelings and memories. He may feel like he is back there again with the man (or men) who raped him. His body may go numb, and even though he goes through the motions of having sex, he may not feel really connected.

    • Anthony Venn-Brown March 20, 2015 at 1:02 am - Reply

      During sex, he may find himself behaving or responding in similar ways to the way he behaved or was forced to behave when he was abused. He may try to please his partner with little or no regard for his own pleasure. He may feel like he's performing, even though he doesn't want to. He may place himself in situations where he doesn't have enough control because that's what he knows. Or, he may need a lot of control during sex because he didn't have any when he was abused. And although he may crave emotional and physical closeness, he may avoid them for fear of being hurt or betrayed again. On a deep level, he may not feel safe with or trust men which makes it very difficult for him to have meaningful relationships, or to feel proud of being gay.

      Clearly there is a profound difference between sexual abuse and being gay–one connotes control over a child, coercion, force, exploitation, and abuse, and the other connotes sexual freedom, free choice, romance, and love. Unfortunately, gay survivors may have a hard time feeling this difference and may struggle to come out, accept themselves, trust other men, have sex, or be in a relationship."

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