UPDATE: Stephen Ray has removed the image he took from my site along with the misleading link. He’s doing better on the copyright theft angle, but still has a way to go on homosexual bigotry. It’s a start.

A self-described Catholic convert who uses his religious beliefs to justify discriminating against gay people recently wrote a post on his blog where he referenced a post on The Deets.

In his post, he used an image I had created, took it painfully out of context, then linked to a post I wrote where he blatantly mislead his audience about the content of the post.

His topic? Target Corporation’s stance on gay rights, including their current sale of Pride shirts through their website.

My topic? Target Corporation’s response to a blogger who was concerned about an advertisement that could be considered inappropriate.

In Stephen Ray’s post, We Should All Target Target: Calling all Catholics, other Christians and Sensible People, he calls on bigots to boycott Target:

Why would a big corporation trying to sell to the wide cross-section of America alienate a huge part of their customers? Stupidity or pressure from the Gay Lobby is probably the answer.

We used to buy a lot at Target as a family with ten grandchildren. But, as of today we will NOT set foot in a Target store again until they apologize and change their position.

They have begun to support and promote the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and other perverse lifestyles.

Within Ray’s bigoted post is a picture of me that he stole from my blog to complement his bigoted ramblings. Apparently, discriminating against gay people and stealing images are both cool in Stephen Ray’s brand of cafeteria Catholicism.

He also links to a post I wrote about a previous controversy Target had when they brushed off a concerned parent (and blogger) who contacted the company about ads she found racy. My post from January 2008 is titled “Target Snubs Offended Parent Who Blogs“. That article makes no mention of gender identity since it had NOTHING to do with the topic on the post. Yet, when Stephen Ray linked to that article, he described the story like this: Target “Snubs Parents who Blog about their Support of Gays”.

I don’t know why Stephen Ray thinks lying to his audience is a Catholic principle, but that’s exactly what he did with his post. He stole an image from my blog, then lied to his audience about the content of my blog post in order to influecne their bigotry.

I left the following comment on Mr. Ray’s blog which currently sits in moderation:

You stole an image from my blog, then lied to your audience about the contents of the post on my blog that you linked to. Do you believe this is appropriate behavior from a self-described Catholic?

I don’t expect that to go live.

While I don’t expect a bigot like Stephen Ray to change his bigoted ways, it would be nice if he at least didn’t steal images and lie to his readers about the content of other blogs. Is that too much to ask? I’d hope not.