It’s cute the way the professional anti-gays think they are the ones who get to determine whether or not their homo-hostile work has met a certain threshold. Especially when they further castigate millions while doing so:
*AUDIO SOURCE: Family Research Council Responds to Being Called “Hate Group” [FoTF’s CitizenLink]
Right, Tony. The facts and the science are on your side. That’s why you guys need to keep creating your own splinter groups in order to counter what credible science is actually saying, or hang on to ancient, skewed studies in order to do your daily work.
The truth: FRC is crapping a brick right now, which is why they keep talking about this SPLC label. And frankly, we say “bring it.” Because all they are doing is shedding more light on the documented facts that led them to the list. The documented facts that they can ignore all they want, but that the unforgiving annals of recorded history have meticulously noted.
As predicted, the Family Research Council is lashing out against the respected Southern Poverty Law Center for adding the anti-LGBT group to their latest hate groups list. Just as predictably: FRC is completely overlooking the clearly documented findings that landed them on the list, instead attacking the monolithic “left,” their “sexual preferences,” and their “radical” “slander”:
Family Research Council has, for nearly 30 years, advanced faith, family, and freedom in public discourse. We do so with civility and compassion. We hold to the indisputable fact that the family – a Dad, a Mom, and children – is the best building block of a good society, which is why we oppose efforts to transform it based on personal sexual preference.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is a massively funded liberal organization that operates under a veneer of public justice when, in fact, they seem more interested in fundraising ploys than fighting wrongdoing.
“This is a deliberately timed smear campaign by the SPLC. The Left is losing the debate over ideas and the direction of public policy so all that is left for them is character assassination. It’s a sad day in America when we can not, with integrity, have a legitimate discussion over policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures, and the courts without resorting to juvenile tactics of name calling.
“The Left’s smear campaigns of conservatives is also being driven by the clear evidence that the American public is losing patience with their radical policy agenda as seen in the recent election and in the fact that every state, currently more than thirty, that has had the opportunity to defend the natural definition of marriage has done so. Earlier this month, voters in Iowa sent a powerful message when they removed three Supreme Court justices who imposed same-sex marriage on the state. Would the SPLC also smear the good people of Iowa?
“Family Research Council will continue to champion marriage and family as the foundation of our society and will not acquiesce to those seeking to silence the Judeo-Christian views held by millions of Americans. We call on the Southern Poverty Law Center to apologize for this slanderous attack and attempted character assassination.” [SOURCE]
It’s the height of shooting the messenger, since the message is too karmically damning. Here are the unacknowledged points that SPLC writer Evelyn Schlatter highlighted about FRC in her writeup:
Headed today by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history. It relies on the work of Robert Knight, who also worked at Concerned Women for America but now is at Coral Ridge Ministries (see above for both), along with that of FRC senior research fellows Tim Dailey (hired in 1999) and Peter Sprigg (2001). Both Dailey and Sprigg have pushed false accusations linking gay men to pedophilia (see related story, p. 31): Sprigg has written that most men who engage in same-sex child molestation “identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual,” and Dailey and Sprigg devoted an entire chapter of their 2004 book Getting It Straight to similar material. The men claimed that “homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses” and similarly asserted that “homosexuals are attracted in inordinate numbers to boys.”
More recently, in March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: “I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them.” He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, “I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior.” “So we should outlaw gay behavior?” Matthews asked. “Yes,” Sprigg replied. At around the same time, Sprigg claimed that allowing gay people to serve openly in the military would lead to an increase in gay-on-straight sexual assaults.
Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis “Woody” Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid ,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined ,000 (reduced from ,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation. In 1999, in fact, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the group over its “racist views.” A short time later, after an Intelligence Report exposé but before Perkins’ 2001 speech, Republican House Speaker Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group.
– Peter Sprigg on how to handle sexually active gay men: “The CDC spokesman is cited as saying, ‘There is no single or simple solution for reducing HIV and syphilis rates among gay and bisexual men.’ This is plainly false. There is, for example, a single and simple solution for smoking-related illnesses, and we have all heard it—’If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit.’ It’s long past time for public health authorities to say the same about men having sex with men.”
Etc, etc. We’ll stop there, because we could seriously be here all day. That’s not even a joke. We have six years of archives on FRC: Feel free to use your own Black Friday pulling their organizational thread of offense, should mall shopping be a bore.
The bottom line: FRC can try all they want to attack those who simply use their eyes and ears and digital recording devices to capture what comes forth from their Washington D.C. stable. Those who look at the record and side with FRC are people who were never going to side with pro-LGBT peace in the first place. For the rest of the reality-based community, the message is finally starting to hit home. Thankfully.
In a noontime rally under the soaring stone columns of the Ohio State House in Columbus, a coalition of LGBT groups, including HRC, honored our veterans, and spoke out for justice for those who are still serving. Among the crowd were veterans, family members, college students and others—all showing their support for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
One of the speakers, a gay veteran, talked about the challenges of serving in silence. Among those interviewed by the press that attended was the veteran’s mother, who spoke passionately, even angrily, about how her son had to live a lie while serving his county.
I was there to move people to action by urging them to contact Senator George Voinovich and nearly everyone at the rally made phone calls to his office immediately after the rally. His vote is key to passing the National Defense Authorization Act and thus repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. If you live in Ohio, please call his office today.
Gary Johnson, the anti-tax crusader and former New Mexico governor (until 2003), is a big giant Republican. (I hear some people are born with it.) But that's not keeping him from lashing out against Don't Ask Don't Tell and insisting the White House let Judge Phillips' "ruling stand and move on. … Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has always been wrong and it is still wrong." As with any Republican willing to open his mouth, Johnson's name is being floated as a potential 2012 president candidate, but he'll have to get through Ron Paul first.
A federal judge issued a tentative ruling Monday denying the government’s request for a stay in the injunction against “don’t ask, don’t tell” but will issue a final ruling by late Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.
During a 25-minute hearing in Riverside, Calif., U.S. district judge Virginia A. Phillips wasted no time in rejecting the government’s position that barring DADT immediately would be an undue burden on the military, calling the arguments “vague” and “insufficient.”
…Phillips said there were “significant failings” in the evidence submitted by the Justice Department following her injunction issued last week. Though the government declined to put on evidence in the Log Cabin Republicans’ trial against “don’t ask, don’t tell” in July – instead relying solely on the legislative history of the statute – DOJ attorneys submitted a declaration to the court last week from a top Pentagon personnel official who warned against any abrupt change in the policy.
“[T]he military should not be required to suddenly and immediately restructure a major personnel policy that has been in place for years, particularly during a time when the Nation is involved in combat operations overseas,” the official, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley, wrote. “The magnitude of repealing the DADT law and policy is demonstrated by the Department’s ongoing efforts to study the implications of repealing DADT[.]”
A federal judge in Riverside who halted the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on Monday issued a tentative ruling rejecting a federal government’s request to stay enforcement of the landmark ruling while the government appeals.
Paul Freeborne of the U.S. attorney’s office had urged the judge to halt implementation of the injunction while the federal government appealed the decision.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said she would issue a final decision later Monday or Tuesday.
Jonathan Lopez is the Los Angeles City College student whose professor John Matteson cut short, in the days after 2008's Prop 8 decision, Lopez's classroom speech on the definition of marriage and what the Bible thinks of homogays. Lopez sued for financial damages, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated after Mattseon berated him and called him (and anyone who voted for Prop 8) a "fascist bastard." And while a lower court approved Lopez's suit, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just told him to get the F out of their stack of paperwork in a unanimous decision to dismiss the case, saying Lopez, represented by the gasbags at the Alliance Defense Fund, failed to show he was harmed by Mattseon, uh, speaking the truth.