When he’s not hawking tractors down in Hillsboro, Alvin Kaddatz is busy peddling ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Alvin Kaddatz

Last week we told you about an anti-gay ad that appeared recently in The Lakelander newspaper in Whitney, Texas. Before posting the item, we put a call in to Kaddatz Equipment, the Hillsboro-based auction and farm equipment company that took out the ad, and requested the information they were offering about “companies to boycott because of their support of perversion.” We even gave them our Dallas Voice email address, but they didn’t catch on, and we received a response on Monday. The email from Alvin Kaddatz, the owner of Kaddatz Equipment who also apparently serves as chaplain for the Texas chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers, contained a link to the Human Rights Campaign’s Buying for Workplace Equality 2011 as well as two links to the web site of the “ex-gay” group Exodus International. Our initial reaction was two-fold: first, don’t put yourself out on the research, boys; and second, this redneck clown is probably Rick Perry’s BFF. Here’s the full text of Kaddatz’s email:

Thank you for your request.

We are attaching the list of companies who support immorality. This list can also be found on the Human Rights Campaign website at http://www.hrc.org/documents/2011_BuyersGuide.pdf.

Also attached is a link to some information from Exodus International. This may also be found at their website at http://exodusinternational.org.

We pray for all those in this lifestyle. Christ grants forgiveness to all those who repent. In scripture, John 8, verse 11 states:“She said, No man, Lord.” And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” KJV.

We hate the sin but love the sinner, just as Jesus taught us.

If you need any further assistance, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Alvin Kaddatz

http://exodusinternational.org/2009/12/whats-your-success-rate-in-changing-gays-into-straights/

—  John Wright

Dallas Holocaust Museum finds piece of gay art, marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

When I was working on my story on gays in the Holocaust, I asked Nanette Fodell at the Dallas Holocaust Museum if they have any pieces relating to the subject in their archives. The museum archivist found one piece.

The piece was painted in 1984 by William D. Kaddatz (1953–1989) and was purchased in a garage sale and later donated to the museum. It depicts two men wearing the pink triangle.

The card under the painting reads:

Treblinka

I saw him often in the parks in Berlin and though we were intimate we never used names or even spoke at all. I saw him just the other day bit it was far from being the same. He was standing in another enclosure the SS built for the care and feeding of the Domestic German Jews [sic]. Dogs are treated better. It was bitterly cold and had wrapped rags around his neck in a more or less futile effort to stay even a bit warmer. We all did it and still a few froze to death in their sleep. We just strive now I suppose to remember better days. I know its [sic] not anticipation of a future because they no longer exist.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945. To mark the day, a candlelight ceremony will be at the museum at 6 p.m. Bring a traditional yahrzeit candle (Kroger on Cedar Springs has them in the kosher food section) or they will supply candles.

Museum officials sent a special welcome to the LGBT community noting the support the community gave them last July when Westboro Baptist Church began a weekend of picketing in Dallas at the museum.

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, 211 North Record St. Jan 27 at 6-7 p.m. The museum is located at West End Station on the Red, Green, Blue and Orange lines. Parking is available at Houston Street and Pacific Avenue).

—  David Taffet