Even though Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) never authorized sexual preference discrimination, and was amended to specifically protect gay people, the LGBT community freaked out and continues to freak out. In a move that can only be described as extortion, an Oregon gay activist has snapped up the domain names of several Indiana lawmakers who voted for the RFRA and is holding them hostage until they bow to his will.
The Huffington Post reports:
A group of Indiana state legislators who voted for the state’s much-maligned “religious freedom” bill now have their domain names redirecting to a site with statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, thanks to an activist who wants the lawmakers to support broader non-discrimination protections.
Konrad Juengling, who lives in Oregon, bought the domain names for Republican State Reps. Martin Carbaugh, Dale Devon, Douglas Gutwein, Kathy Kreag Richardson, Don Lehe and Donna Schaibley. The address DonnaSchaibley.com, for example, now redirects to the site about LGBT issues, which is hosted by the Human Rights Campaign.
That’s a pretty chickensh*t move, but it actually gets worse, and possibly criminal:
The six lawmakers weren’t the only ones who voted for RFRA, but Juengling said he chose them because their domain names were available.
Last week, he wrote to them and told them he’d be happy to give them their websites free of charge if they supported a statewide nondiscrimination policy protecting LGBT people.
“If you bring to the floor a nondiscrimination policy protecting LGBT people in Indiana, vote for it, and it is passed, I will happily donate the domains in question to you. I’m sure they’ll come in handy come stumping season,” wrote Juengling in the letter.
So this gay guy snatched up something that these lawmakers more or less have a right to (their names) and won’t release them unless they do his bidding. I’m not a legal expert, but can’t see how that is not extortion.
Let’s look at it from another perspective. Let’s say that a conservative activist grabbed GabbyGiffords.com or DianneFeinstein.com and had it redirect to the NRA. There would be so much outrage that it would collapse in on itself creating a liberal super nova of indignation. I realize this isn’t the greatest comparison because while gun ownership is a protected civil right, sodomy and sexual deviancy are not.
How about if a fundamentalist Christian group had a Barack Obama related dot.com that redirected to an anti-Muslim website? Not only would that be a crime, it might even be a hate crime somehow.
Incidentally, the website that Jeungling redirects people from the Indiana lawmakers names has nothing to do with actual LGBT discrimination. It’s kind of an infographic thing that shows how gay youth feel that they are discriminated against. Feelings are not facts.
Hijacking conservative politicians web domains and funneling visitors to gay-related websites is actually quite a popular thing in the LGBT community. Earlier this year I brought you a story about a gay couple (also from Oregon, go figure) that bought JebBushForPresident.com and are using it to promote the gay lifestyle. At least in this case, the gay squatters don’t appear to be extorting the Republican presidential hopeful.
Let’s just call this latest attempt par for the course on the left. They resort to deception, outright lies, and dirty tricks because they know if they have to stand on the merit of their position, they are screwed.