I Question Homosexuality

Actually, I don’t, but that is what I think I saw on a billboard near downtown last night. I took 75/85 North from I-20 and I glanced over to the right and saw this billboard. As best I can remember, it displayed a well-dressed African-American man, with, I think, the words, “I question Homosexuality.” What with 5:00 traffic, and two jabbering kids, I wasn’t able to get a better look.

Has anyone else seen this sign? Who sponsored it? What is it’s purpose? My gut tells me it isn’t a good one.

16 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 8:40 am

    Yup, you saw right, and no, it isn’t good. It’s yet another pseudo-Christian organization who wants to convince the gays that repressing themselves and “becoming” heterosexual is not only possible, but a good idea. Loathsome ^&$%ers.


  2. Maigh (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    I haven’t seen it yet, but knew about it b/c of Duane’s blog entry last week:

    http://www.duanemoody.com/archives/2006/10/should_there_be_some_regulatio.html


  3. Maigh (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    P.S. That billboard is gross.


  4. Annie (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Dear God. I am constantly baffled by the efforts people will go to in their attempts to control other people’s lives. If everyone would mind their own business, live their lives the way they want to live them, and stop telling others how to live theirs, things would be much better.

    Maigh, thanks for the link. I agree that the billboard is loathsome and gross. That being said, i don’t agree with Duane that we need more laws banning this kind of thing, because banning hate speech does nothing to control hate. Also, I feel that a private company shouldn’t be told by the government what they can and can’t put on a billboard. But geez, who runs that billboard company? I say we ultimately hold the billboard company responsible for putting it up there. If I owned a company and some whackjob wanted to pay me to put that kind of ignorance up there, I’d tell them to take their money and shove it up their ass.


  5. amber (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    I saw that billboard last week, and while all I did was barely glance at it (traffic took precendence), I figured it was some stupid plea for homosexuals to “change”, though, and completely wiped it out of my memory so I wouldn’t get irritated at it.


  6. Jim V. (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    Annie writes:

    …I feel that a private company shouldn’t be told by the government what they can and can’t put on a billboard. But geez, who runs that billboard company? I say we ultimately hold the billboard company responsible for putting it up there. If I owned a company and some whackjob wanted to pay me to put that kind of ignorance up there, I’d tell them to take their money and shove it up their ass.

    The odds are that either Clear Channel or Cox owns that billboard. While I agree that government shouldn’t regulate the acceptable speech on billboards, my guess is that a billboard that says “Question God” or “Question Bush” or “Question War” would never have gotten up, for business reasons. These companys get to have such a double standard because they’re basically monopolies.


  7. Annie (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

    Okay, who wants to call Viacom/ClearChannel/Cox/BigBadCompany and try to purchase space for a “Question God” billboard? I would be curious as to how that would be received. I guess part of me thinks, hey, if they give free speech to all comers, then who cares?

    It still bugs the crap out of me.


  8. Chris (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    It is an annoying billboard, no doubt.

    It is contemptible that, as society makes homosexuals feel wrong for what they naturally feel, the more closeted homosexuals we will have. It’s terrible to tell someone how to live.

    The “closet” phenomenon leads directly to having more liars on this planet. And that is no good. I can’t tell you how many girls I know that have closet homosexual boyfriends and husbands. It is insane. The girls will never be happy, truly happy, because they are not loved the way that a hetero guy would love them. They are being BSed. And, of course, the homosexual guy is living a fake life. Brilliant. Anyway I am rambling. Cherio.


  9. k (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

    well this is atlanta: a city in a southern state; 76% of our folks voted against gay marriage. what do you expect from a southern state with a large evangelical african american population?


  10. Patti (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 1:29 am

    I am just wondering as our culture encourages people to embrace their sexuality and explore there sexuality, why is it so threatening to have someone consider the “alternative lifestyle” of being straight? The billboard actually says “I questioned homosexuality”. I don’t have a problem with it. Everyone needs the opportunity to search out the truth for their life.


  11. Annie (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    I don’t think anyone is saying that they feel threatened by someone exploring their sexuality, but in the same way that I am offended by the arrogance of Christians knocking on my door to save my soul, I am offended by this billboard. He didn’t question homosexuality, then take out an ad on a billboard to celebrate it. The ad is on the billboard to “save” other people from their homosexual ways.

    Explore your sexuality, and your religious beliefs, any way you want. Just don’t preach to me about how I should explore mine.

    All that being said, free speech is important, so if he wants to slap his face up there on a billboard and look completely ignorant, okay then.


  12. MG (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    If this is an important issue for you, I’d encourage you to attend the Love Won Out conference tomorrow (Nov. 4) in Woodstock.


  13. Annie (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

    Um, MG, are you stupid, or just an asshole? If you had read any of the comments, you would see that this issue IS important to me, because I am tired of people trying to push their religious beliefs on others. So, why would I go to a conference attempting to do just that?

    From Focus on the Family’s http://www.lovewonout.com:

    “Focus on the Family is promoting the truth that change is possible for those who experience same-sex attractions — a message routinely silenced today. We want people to know that individuals don’t have to be gay and that a homosexual identity is something that can be overcome.”

    Not to mention that no self-respecting homosexual is going to come up to Woodstock, anyway.


  14. james (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    annie, could you give me some more information on this statement –

    “but in the same way that I am offended by the arrogance of Christians knocking on my door to save my soul, ”

    how often does this happen? what churches are these people from?


  15. Annie (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    James, you live in my area, so I am surprised you haven’t had this happen to you. It happens to me about once or twice a month. I usually don’t get around to discussing their particular denomination or church, because as soon as they ask me if I’ve taken the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, I tell them I am not interested in discussing my spirituality with them. I thank them, and they try to hand me a pamphlet as I struggle to close the door with a baby on my hip, and a toddler and a dog trying to squeeze out the door to gawk. That is, when the kids aren’t awakened by the doorbell during naptime. Then I’m not quite as polite.

    I suppose you could argue that I don’t know anything about their denomination from that little exchange, but I guarantee you one thing: I don’t want to know any more about it.

    I guess the more accurate way of putting it would have been that I am offended by people knocking on my door to discuss religion with me. I completely respect one’s right to practice any religion they want (or no religion at all) and I would just appreciate it if others showed me the same courtesy.


  16. james (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    thanks, i appreciate the clarification. actually i live in a gated community so it’s hard for them to get in.



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