Christian hate groups. It sounds like an anamoly, doesn’t it? Two words that should represent dual opposites and should never even be in the same sentence. Yet we know there are such groups out there. Groups that instead of embracing the true Christian teachings of Christ-not judging others, and spreading love rather than hate and intolerance-actively engage in hate. There are so-called “Christian” organizations that preach hate, intolerance and bigotry. That is no secret. There are groups that actively encourage violence against gays, Jews, or people in interracial relationships, all in the name of God and Jesus.
And then there are some that target certain individuals, not necessarily because they disgaree with that person’s lifestyle, but based on unfounded rumors, lies and slander. There are orgnizations run by people who hate and live to spread hate, who are either ignorant themselves or don’t bother checking their facts because it goes against the grain of what they want to believe. They then proceed to “convert” the equally brainless, willful and ignorant who choose to follow them. How? By spreading the lies until they can convince enough people to believe them as gospel truth. Of course, that takes the mindset of a person who is willing to hate, and willing to be spoonfed just enough “facts” by the equally willful ignorant to spread the flames of that hate.
Of course, we know that Michael has always been targeted by these hate groups. He was an easy target even before the allegations of sexual abuse, simply because he was the object of so much adulation. And sometimes they directed their hatred of him because in their minds he fit the stereotypical definition of “homosexual” (and yes, homophobia has had a lot to do with these groups targeting Michael, even though Michael never claimed to be gay and they have no proof of it whatsoever). The sexual allegations simply added more fuel to the fire, by appearing to validate their beliefs. The problem is that most of these people never bothered to look past the headlines, to ask themselves: Is any of this true? Could it be possible that this is an innocent man accused? No. Completely disregarding the teachings of Jesus, who said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” they proceeded to cast a virtual hailstorm.
We know these groups are out there. As of right now, I have a link on this very website to a group called “Change.org” who are working hard to try to get Michael Jackson hate groups off of Facebook (or at least, to force them into keeping a lower profile). To some extent, no matter how angry it makes us or how wrong we feel it is, freedom of speech does protect peoples’ rights to express their opinions. Even groups that promote hatred of minorities cannot be totally stopped, as long as they are not making threats of violence or acting on them. In other words, people can pretty much SAY whatever they want. That’s the reality we have to deal with.
However, does that justfy or excuse the spreading of lies and deliberate falsehoods about an individual?
This past week, I discovered two groups in particular that I found very disturbing in their agendas and the untruths they are perpetuating about Michael. One, ShadowGov.com, I would say, falls into the category of the so-called “Christian hate groups.” The other-Stop It Now!- is, on the surface, a well-meaning organization devoted to preventing sexual child abuse. I want to be very careful in how I phrase this because I do not want anyone to think for a second that I am against what this organization stands for, or what they are trying to accomplish. Protecting our children is a noble cause, and I applaud them for taking that step. I was a sexually abused child myself. I know the psychological damage that can come from being sexually abused as a child.
But worthy cause or not, they have been guilty also of perpetuating the myth of Michael as a child abuser, without having the proper facts to back it and by citing discredited and unreliable sources as their “proof.”
The only real difference between the two, as I can see it, is that the former seems bent on willfully spreading hate by lies and misinformation, whereas the latter, I think, is more a case of do-gooders who unfortunately have been blindsided by the tabloids and media, and honestly do not know any better. Therefore, my approach to each is a little bit different. However, that being said, I’m not giving Stop It Now! any passes, and I’ll explain why in just a second. Let’s just say that the action they have taken, after receiving complaints from MJ fans, is less than admirable and shows an unwillingness to discuss the issue openly, honestly, and with any sense of fairness.
But first I want to address ShadowGov, because this is a group making some very serious accusations and spreading some very serious lies against Michael, and these need to be addressed.
I’ll just say for the record that ordinarily I would not link to a site like this nor post their content here because it is trash. However, the only way to accurately refute these allegations is to meet them head-on. So here goes. I’ll break this down by pasting their falsehoods and then below each, the TRUTH about each and every one of these accusations:
* Michael Jackson was a homosexual child molester.” -Bob Enyart, Denver radio, KGOV.com
Oh, because Bob Enyart says so. Well yeah, that’s a real reliable source right there. The opinion of one right-wing, extremist pastor who, according to his Wiki entry, “angered families of AIDS vicims when he read the men’s obituaries on his television show calling the deceased ‘sodomite’s.”
This sounds to me like the sort of man who would take great pleasure in desecrating the grave of Ryan White, if it came down to it. I don’t know about you all, but this is NOT a man whose opinion I would hold in high esteem.
* Michael Jackson Lied: Vanity Fair (Sept. 1995) reported Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon’s disclosure that Michael Jackson lied when he claimed that no marks on his genitals linked him with his young accuser’s charges. “His statement on TV is untrue.” Sneddon indicated that a police photo taken by search warrant corroborated the accuracy of the boy’s drawing of a spot on Jackson’s privates.
This is such old territory it’s almost laughable to even have to say anything. It’s been well documented that the description did NOT match (hence, why no arrest was made). Jordan Chandler claimed Michael was circumcised; the police photos revealed he was not. And whatever lingering doubts anyone had on that issue should have been laid to rest by the autopsy report. Some say that it is not always easy to tell uncircumcised from not in an aroused state but you know what? That’s hogwash. Yeah, maybe one time-at a glance. But not if Michael and Jordy were “intimate” as many times as the boy claimed. He would have known, without a doubt. And for the record, though I’ve published this sketch before, I’ll do it again just to show any doubters out there: This is the so-called “exact, precise” drawing that Jordan Chandler made of Michael’s penis. Wow. Based on the accuracy of that sketch, Jordie’s “molestor” could have been the guy next door to me, or the man down the street, or the plumber or the milkman
* Jackson’s Book of Nude Boys: USA Today reported (Aug. 7, 1995) another Jackson lie when he claimed that “nothing” was found in the cop’s search linking him to child molestation. In truth, the police found a book of nude boys, “the sort of book that has been linked to pedophiles,” in the room of a man who admittedly shares his bed with young boys.
Truth: One of these was an art book featuring both males AND females, and the other a gift from a fan. Both had been locked away in a filing cabinet, untouched, for years. And it’s interesting to note that they find this worth mentioning, while ignoring any mention of the hundreds of heterosexual girlie magazines that were found. Aren’t true Christians supposed to be against ALL forms of lust in thought or deed? Or does that only apply when one is “card stacking” a case for pedophilia or homosexuality?
* Jackson Lied About Other Accusers: Michael Jackson lied saying that no other children had come forward to accuse him, when in truth he was negotiating a $22 million settlement with another boy. Jackson defenders forget that predators sometimes target victims in families who will garner little credibility or sympathy.
All accusers who ever came forward other than Jordan and Gavin were completely discredited. There is no evidence of any other settlements with any boys’ families other than the Chandlers. Here, I’m not sure if the reference is to the Chandler case, but if it is, the $22 million figure quoted is wildly inaccurate.
1. Jackson, a Boy, and a Homosexual Reporter: A page from In Touch, a popular homosexual magazine, was broadcast on the nationally syndicated TV show Bob Enyart Live presenting a clear photograph taken prior to the public accusations against Jackson showing him at a “gay” vacation spot with one arms around homosexual reporter Alan Light and his other arm around a young boy.
Oh wow, Michael was seen next to a-gasp!-”homosexual reporter!” Yep, that must prove he was a gay pedophile, all right. We all know that any entertainer who works in show business isn’t surroudned by gay people every day of his life and has no gay friends; no they only seek out such company if they’re gay themselves or a gay pedophile! (Gimme a break).
2. Jackson Anger’s His Special Friend: A nationally broadcast news report in the 1990s showed video of Michael Jackson in a London toy store, closed down for him to bring a young boy shopping. The clip showed Jackson touching the boy to show him a toy, and the boy pulled away from Jackson, seemingly not wanting to be touched by his benefactor.
So, they’re going to analyze a snippet of body language from a video and cite that as irrevocable proof. How does such a thing prove anything? The child might have pulled away for any number of reasons that had nothing to do with what they’re implying here. Children are sometimes shy; they have moods. They sulk. Who knows what was the real reason, unless they asked the boy themselves?
3. 1991 Super Bowl Half Time Show – with scores of children around him and millions watching, Michael Jackson grabbed his crotch and thrust his hips toward the cameras. An office worker during lunch who grabbed his genitals and thrusted his midsection toward a secretary would be charged with sexual harassment by quitting time. A man doing this with twelve-year olds around him is even more of a pervert.
Well, maybe. But that was Michael being Michael and that’s the way he performed. As far as perfomers go, there are far worse influences children can have than Michael Jackson-for starters, many of today’s rap artists who fill their heads with messages of hate, violence, cursing, and disrespect for women. I notice there is no mention here of the beautiful finale of that performance, in which over a thousand children joined with Michael in singing Heal the World.
So here’s the performance that is supposed to be so “perverted” and disgusting:
Lisa Marie Defends Jackson: like a kiss of death, on Prime Time Live Michael Jackson and his investment-partner-wife Lisa Marie Presley both insisted that young boys had the right to be in Michael’s bathroom with him.
Lisa never said any such thing. What she said was that the kids at Neverland would follow Michael wherever he went, even if it was into the bathroom.
“They don’t let him go to the bathroom without running in there with him…they won’t let him out of their sight.”
NAMBLA Exploits Jackson’s Child Molestation: in the mid-1990s the North American Man Boy Love Association ran a newsletter cover story celebrating the results of their own informal poll showing that a significant percent of the general public would still admire Michael Jackson, even if it were proved conclusively that he sexually molested young boys. By NAMBLA’s analysis, in Europe and America Michael Jackson was helping to undermine the taboo against sex with children (click and search for: Milk).
So the logic here is: Take one, single poll conducted by an organization that glorifies consensual man/boy relations and use that as evidence that all MJ fans and the general public would support him regardless. Not true. We support him because he was innocent of those charges and because both the facts and evidence back this up. To use the views of an organization that clearly supports the exploitation of children in order to make that point is just sick.
* Dianne Sawyer erred – ‘Jackson cleared’ of all charges: according to the district attorney the police were waiting for “somebody to come forward” who had not been bribed into silence, Vanity Fair (Sept. 1995).
Where is this person and why then did they NOT come forward?
* Jackson’s Own Sister: was one of the first to indicate that her brother Michael had paid huge sums to silence accusations.
This would be LaToya, who later retracted those statements saying that her abusive husband Jack Gordon had forced her to say that. But notice they conveniently do not mention to their readers that those statements were ever retracted.
* LaToya Jackson’s Husband: LaToya’s former spouse Jack Gordon stated that Michael took a nice young boy into his bedroom, and that the two stayed in there for five days, and when they came out, the kid had turned into a different kid and seemed very disturbed.
Ah, yes, good ol’ Jack Gordon again, who, they quote with no reference to the fact that this man was a thug who tried to extort the entire family, stating that he would stop publication of Latoya’s 1991 autobiography if he was paid several million dollars (the amount was not paid, and the book was published as scheduled). And here’s more on Gordon from LaToya’s wiki page:
In December 1993 Gordon hastily arranged a press conference in Tel Aviv, where he had Jackson read a statement claiming to believe the sensational sex abuse allegation against her younger brother Michael might be true. This was an abrupt reversal of her previous defense of Michael against the charges. Gordon claimed La Toya had proof which she was prepared to disclose for a fee of $500,000. A bidding war between US and UK tabloids began, but fell through when they realized that her revelations were not what she had claimed them to be. According to La Toya, Gordon threatened to have siblings Michael and Janet killed if she didn’t follow his orders.
* Jackson Himself Defends Boys in His Bed: Michael Jackson answered CBS News “Why not?” when asked whether he sleeps with children in his bed and admitted on film to British broadcaster Martin Bashir that he liked to share his bed with boys in pajamas.
I’ve addressed this widely circulated falsehood before. Michael never stated those words. What he said, because Bashir had practically badgered him into a corner on the subject, was that in his opinion it was not wrong if the intent was pure, and not sexual. He never says in that segment that he actually did share his bed (what he says is that he slept on the floor) but does ask the question, “What’s wrong with it” because to his way of thinking, it was all innocent. AT NO POINT IN THE SEGMENT DOES HE SAY HE LIKES TO SHARE HIS BED WITH BOYS IN PAJAMAS. That is a total piece of fabrication concocted by ShadowGov or whoever wrote this article.
Aside from these falsehoods, there are various alleged statements made by “witnesses” whose testimonies were later totally discredited, including the couple of Neverland ex-employees who had gone to live in the Philliphines and from whom neither Tom Sneddon nor the FBI could ever get a story from that would hold up to cross examination. There are far too many of these to list individually, but every single one of these testimonies were either proven to be outright lies or simply never held up to the point that any criminal charges could be made from them. BUT SHADOWGOV DOES NOT BOTHER TO TELL THEIR READERS THIS.
Interstingly enough, they close the page with a reference to Ian Halperin’s book, whom they call a “Jackson defender.” This is where it gets realllly interesting. After spending the entire page running down all of their alleged damning evidence against Michael as a pedophile, they totally dismiss Halperin’s claims to the contrary (who in the passage quoted states that Michael’s only sexual interests were “adult males” )by then going off on a totally different tangent about the 3,500 year Judaic-Christian outlawing of homosexuality, and basically ignoring any evidence presented by Halperin against the allegations to say that “Every man molesting a boy is committing a homosexual act.” WT…??? Of course, it’s a homosexual act! But they say this after having just totally and convenietly ignored what Halperin actually said in the passage THEY chose to quote.
And lastly, even though he may “defend” Michael against the allegations, this is proof positive of the damage being done by Halperin, whose own accountability and tabloid tactics have been called into serious questioning (and I’ll be addressing more about Halperin in the near future).
As for Stop It Now!, they have an entire page on their website about the lessons we can “learn” from Michael Jackson’s legacy-such as how to recognize the warning signs of a child abuser. I can provide you with the link to their website, but not that particular page. Why? Because apparently their “solution” to the complaints they began receiving from Michael Jackson fans once we learned about their page was to remove the page from viewer access (Note: They did NOT remove the offending article; they simply made it so that only members can view its contents. This is what I was referring to earlier when I said, thanks to that action, I will NOT give them a pass.) Thankfully, I saw the content of that page before it was removed from public access. It was the usual lies and misinformation, along with the usual quoting of questionable, unreliable sources and/or discredited sources and “card stacking” to make their case. They then linked as a “credible source” a so-called journalist who had met Michael briefly backstage-ONE time, over 20 years ago- who says he got a “creepy vibe from him” because Michael spent most of the enire time laughing and playing with Emmanuel Lewis. Anyone who ever knew Michael, including his family, can vouch that Michael was always very shy and a bit uncomfotable in social situations. He was probably choosing to interact with little Emmanuel Lewis because he simply felt more comfortable with him than the adults present. It may have seemed “strange” to this guy, but at no point in the article was this guy EVER able to say he saw an inappropriate action. Sorry, but a “creepy vibe” (just because someone is a bit different or odd-acting) is NOT a “credible source” when accusing someone of something as serious as being a child molestor.
I’ll just post here a couple of comments that appeared on Stop It Now’s Facebook page, so you can see that I’m not the only one who saw the content of their page before they pulled it from public view:
And by the way, if anyone out there has a screen cap they’ve managed to save of that page, I would love to hear from you! I wasn’t smart enough to think ahead, unfortunately, and only saved the page to my “Favorites” rather than getting a screencap of the content.
However, the only reason I’m even mentioning them is that I really do think these people are more misinformed than willfully malicious. I would still recommend sending them letters (not demanding letters) but polite letters with references and links to information that will give them the truth. Maybe if enough people do this, they will get the message that Michael really was innocent, and that it’s not the delusional rantings of a bunch of crazed fans. At the very least, they should know that there is enough reasonable doubt regarding those cases to justify removing any mention of Michael’s name from their website.
Here is their homepage link:
As for ShadowGov I don’t think they are worth confronting because they are clearly a hate group with an agenda, and trying to reason with them would be pointless. However, what you can do is fight their lies by exposing them for what they are, and by spreading the word that everything on their website about Michael Jackson is an outright lie. You certainly have my permission to quote, copy and paste anything I’ve written here. We may not can stop them from stating their opinions, but we can deflate a lot of their power by exposing them throughout cyberspace for the liars that they are.