CNS' Managing Editor of Gay-Bashing
Michael W. Chapman uses his Media Research Center-provided platform to push the idea that gays and lesbians are literally the spawn of Satan.
By Terry Krepel
Michael W. Chapman
There's one thing particular part of this right-wing agenda Chapman loves to promote, and that's increasingly extreme opinions attacking the LGBT community. Here are some of the anti-LGBT attacks Chapman posted to CNS in late 2016 and early 2017, with a heavy emphasis on the rantings of his favorite right-wing minister, Franklin Graham, and of far-right WorldNetDaily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson:
In that time period, Chapman wrote nothing that was positive about the LGBT community, so we can assume that Chapman wholeheartedly endorses the hate he regurgitates.
Chapman ramped up the hate with a March 16 post:
Peter LaBarbera, founder of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, gave a talk on Saturday about the destructive agenda of the LGBT movement and how it manipulates language in particular to disguise its evil intentions and spin them in a positive light -- darkness to light -- which, he added, is truly "satanic."
LaBarbera's NARTH is a leading promoter of anti-gay hate and junk science.
Chapman presents this post as fact, without offering a countering opinion (and you'd think it wouldn't be hard to find someone to point out that gays aren't, in fact, satanic).
In a May 26 post, Chapman regurgitated a rant from Franklin Graham attacking the New England Patriots for sponsoring a team in the "Gay Bowl" flag football tournament. Chapman then adds, without attribution or proof: "The clear agenda of the Gay Bowl is to promote homosexuality, lesbianism, and transgenderism and endorse the gay way of life. Through flag football, sports, this agenda is easily targeted to children and families."
The same day, Chapman wrote another post touting how "strong majorities of male adults, weekly church goers, conservatives, and Republicans" think no new laws to protect the LGBT community are needed. Chapman then served up his own biased definitions of transgender-related terms:
Birth gender refers to the biological, anatomical sex of a person at birth, male or female. Gender identity refers to the gender a person chooses to follow regardless of biology and genetics. A transgender is a person who believes they are the opposite sex of their biology, e.g., Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner, a biological male who thinks he is a woman and has had breast implants, hormone treatments, and had his genitalia surgically altered to look like a vagina.
Chapman doesn't explain why he's so obsessed with Jenner's genitalia.
Chapman went to the ultra-hateful gay=devil well once again with a June 20 post touting how WorldNetDaily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson literally thinks gays are the devil's spawn and parents who teach respect and tolerance for others don't love their children:
Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, who runs BOND, which is dedicated to "rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man," said the people who are celebrating June as LGBTQ pride month are deceived because they actually are "celebrating sin," and contrary to their claims about being "children of God," they are "children of the lie" whose father is the "Devil."
Remember: Chapman did not repeat Peterson's words because he disapproves of them -- he's repeating them because he agrees that gays are the devil's spawn.
For a July 18 post, Chapman found another anti-gay preacher who spewed a similar message:
Speaking at the Sixth Annual Family Leadership Summit on Saturday, nationally renowned evangelical pastor and best selling author Dr. Jim Garlow explained how man and woman are created in the image of God and that gay "marriage" is "demonic" because it perversely mimics and mocks God's design for love and children, and seeks "to destroy the very image of God upon the planet."
Again: the idea that gays are directly linked to Satan is a message Chapman believes is true and one that must be disseminated. The MRC is effectively endorsing that message by giving Chapman a platform to spread it.
All this stuff makes Chapman the face of the gay-hating right at the Media Research Center (not to mention a lead example of why CNS has no credibility as a news organization). Apparently, he's quite cool with that.