My First "God Hates Fags" Letter

Anonymous's picture

Hi Guys!

I got this email today and thought I'd share it, and my response, with all of you. I blanked out the sender's email address as a kindness to him/her. I guess I must be doing something right if I'm getting hate mail from religious fanatics, huh?


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 4:28 PM
Subject: question to pat nelson?..:

sir---i happened to come across your work chronicles etc------i do feel so sad for you putting this garbage out to young people who are confused and vulnerable----please grow up and get some help for yourself------change is possible----i would like to refer you to richard cohens international healing foundation who work with gay men-----look up his book sometime coming out straight or gay children straight parents----a world of info on causes of homosexuality 10 of them and see if you fit into any of these i will be praying for you please do not destroy kids lives-----you are made in the image and likeness of
God----use your talents for writing for a wonderful God given project------at least you are honest about your aids problem------i thank you for that----------------from a caring parent of a young adult whom i hope and pray is not influenced by you--------------------again explore and look into your life at your deepseeded feelings-----God bless you sir-------and i will continue praying for you


From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 5:48 PM
Subject: RE: question to pat nelson?

Dear sir/madam,

Thank you for your letter. It serves as a perfect example of the deep-seated fear and bigotry that is still, unfortunately, all too prevalent in this country. It is precisely this attitude that motivates me every day to continue my writing and my efforts to help gay and lesbian youth to realize that there is nothing at all wrong with them or the way that they love. Your type of narrow-mindedness is what really poses the greatest danger to young people, who at that age are all struggling to find, accept and love themselves. I plan to keep fighting every day to oppose those who self-righteously use God as an excuse to promote intolerance, and who (like Richard Cohen) perpetuate the myth that homosexuality is an affliction that needs to be cured.

I hope that one day you will see the light, or if not, that at least your children will. There is already more than enough ignorance in this world.

Pat Nelson Childs

Please visit my Myspace Profile and add me as a friend.

- Pat Nelson Childs
"bringing strong gay characters to Sci-Fi & Fantasy"


taste the rainbow's picture

"God Hates Fags", ever heard

"God Hates Fags", ever heard of the Westboro Baptist Church? That quote reminded me of them - an odd and extremely, beyond rude/assholeish, yet interesting group of people I must say.

Icarus's picture

you were a hell of a lot

you were a hell of a lot nicer than i could've ever been....

Leave you alone for FIVE MINUTES!

patnelsonchilds's picture

It is better to remain

It is better to remain polite and professional, especially when one is a somewhat public figure, and may be quoted at some point. The same is true for everyone though really. If you let people like this push your anger buttons and get you all worked up and emotional, then they have already won.

Please visit my Myspace Profile and add me as a friend.

- Pat Nelson Childs
"bringing strong gay characters to Sci-Fi & Fantasy"

whateversexual_llama's picture

go pat. Kick ass my man! Be

go pat. Kick ass my man!

Be yourself. 'Cause if you're busy being somebody else, who's gonna be you?

masochist's picture

hells yea!!!!=D i've been

hells yea!!!!=D i've been wanting to take down those assholes for awhile now =]

theonechickcagelle's picture

i applaud your response. it

i applaud your response. it is so tactful, not attacking, and straight to the point.

"It's hard to diet when you're a lipstick lesbian. How can you eat Jenny Craig when your mouth is full of Mary Kay?"

gaynow's picture

Yeaaaaaah Pat!! You show

Yeaaaaaah Pat!! You show em!

Megan: "Cheers are supposed to be simple, make people feel good."
Graham: "Cheers make girls do stupid cartwheels. Orgasms make people feel good."
-But I'm a Cheerleader

patnelsonchilds's picture

Thanks guys. I always try to

Thanks guys. I always try to set a good example.

Looking for summer reading? Haven't read my books yet? Hmmmm. ;)

By the way, my new websites are now up and running, so check em out!

Love to all,

Please visit my Myspace Profile and add me as a friend.

- Pat Nelson Childs
"bringing strong gay characters to Sci-Fi & Fantasy"

Morgan's picture

You're waaaaay nicer than me

But you should know that by now.