In another setback to One Million Moms, the conservative Christian campaign has retreated from Facebook after a post about DC Comics’ reintroduction of Green Lantern Alan Scott as gay was inundated by comments largely supportive of the publisher’s decision.
The New Civil Rights Movement reports that moments after issuing a “warning” Friday about DC’s official announcement (see below), the page’s administrator began deleting positive comments before apparently giving up and removing the post entirely. Shortly afterward, the One Million Moms page disappeared from Facebook, certainly the initiative’s most valuable social media platform. The abrupt exodus was followed by a tweet announcing, unconvincingly, to Facebook users that, “OMM will be offline most of next week for Vacation Bible School!”
The timing might not be quite as suspect if One Million Moms hadn’t pulled the same disappearing act in February, after its boycott of retail chain JC Penney for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman backfired spectacularly, drawing supporters of the lesbian talk-show host in droves to the group’s Facebook page.
Of course, even if we believed the “Vacation Bible School!” excuse — we don’t — we’d be left to wonder just how big One Million Moms is that such a week-long event could lead to the suspension of the initiative’s primary tool for outreach. In “a group of one million moms all fighting together,” surely there’s someone who can keep the Facebook page chugging along while the administrator shows kids how to make piggy banks out of old bleach bottles while singing about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. An intern, perhaps?
Well, there’s some question as to whether any moms, let alone a million, are behind the “group,” which is actually a project of the anti-gay American Family Association, the Mississippi-based nonprofit founded in 1977 by Donald Wildmon. He’s probably best remembered for his “campaigns for decency” against M*A*S*H, Disneyland/Walt Disney World and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video. His son Tim succeeded him in 2010 as president of the AFA, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Mothers or no, it’s pretty clear One Million Moms won’t be adding the campaign to convince DC and Marvel to “change and cancel all plans of homosexual superheroes” to its page of “successes.” Instead, Alan Scott and Northstar will likely join Kevin Keller and Ellen DeGeneres on the list of subjects OMM doesn’t like to mention any more.