Dish it, can’t take it: FRC pissed that people are calling them on their crap

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.

And to that, we could also add:

- Tony Perkins routinely says his opposition (including but not limited to gays) is “held captive by the enemy

- FRC has issued a same-sex marriage pamphlet that compares gay unions to those that might theoretically exist between a man and his horse (complete with a horse’s picture on its front page)

- 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.

- Perkins saying that gay teens try suicide because they know homosexuality is “abnormal.”

- Sprigg has emphatically stated that the idea that homosexuality is present in infants at birth “has been disproven scientifically.

- FRC’s Tom McClusky voicing support Sen. Jim DeMint’s belief that gay teachers should be fired.

- Perkins saying those who criticized or even simply questioned a bakery for refusing to make rainbow cupcakes of engaging in “economic terrorism.”

- FRC has given multiple platforms to the beyond-incendiary Bryan Fischer. Most prominently, at this past September’s Values Voters Summit.

- FRC uses grim reaper photos to illustrate what non-discrimination will supposedly do to America.

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.




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Get enlightened — or just lit up — with Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats at Dish tonight

Last month David Taffet reported on Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats’ “Light Up Oak Lawn” initiative, aimed at making the gayborhood safer by improving street lighting. Since then, of course, there’s been yet another violent attack against a gay bar patron in the area, and we’ll have an update on shooting victim Doug Tull’s condition in Friday’s Voice.

But first, on Thursday night, DSYD members will get an update on the lighting project, in addition to discussing the upcoming Red Party and the group’s Get Out The Vote efforts, according to a message from Vice President Brian Stout.

“Or just come for the cocktails,” Stout said.

The group’s monthly meeting is from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dish, 4123 Cedar Springs Road.

—  John Wright

Beyond the Box to become pizzeria; developer says closure not a sign that ilume is struggling

Owner Doug Brown is shown inside Beyond the Box on the day it opened in early December.

Beyond the Box, an upscale deli/restaurant/convenience store that was one of three retailers at ilume on Cedar Springs, closed last week about eight months after opening.

Luke Crosland, chairman and CEO of ilume developer the Crosland Group, said Beyond the Box likely will be replaced in the near future by a “unique pizzeria.”

Beyond the Box just wasn’t the right fit, Crosland said, and the closure shouldn’t be viewed as any indication that the posh mixed-use development is struggling.

“I want to be positive about it because [Beyond the Box owner] Doug [Brown] is a great chef, and he’s the executive chef at Dish,” Crosland said.

“We’re going to use most of the items in the restaurant, and I think we’re going to have a better-for-the-neighborhood operation,” he added. “When you’ve got Kroger across the street, and you don’t have to drive, maybe the idea of having prepared food rather than served food was not the right component.”

Crosland said a sushi lounge is slated to open at ilume sometime in September. Also in the works are a restaurant from the executive chef at Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, N.M.; and a salon/nail and facial spa.

Crosland said residential units at ilume are now 90 percent occupied, with only about 29 units remaining.

“We’re doing extremely well,” he said. “I’m real excited about the formula we’ve got there.”

The Crosland Group also plans another development, ilume TOO, across Cedar Springs at the site of the old Douglas Park and 4242 Cedar Springs apartments. Crosland said the company is working to obtain financing for ilume TOO.

—  John Wright

Press Club mixer comes to the gayborhood

I’m on the board of directors for the Press Club of Dallas, and we hold mixers every month for our membership (made up of journos and those in public relations and communications). This month, I’m the host for the party, which will take place tonight at DISH in the ilume. If you’re a member of the Press Club or not but in North Texas media, I hope you’ll stop by from 5:30 to 7:30 for complimentary flatbread and a first drink on us. And it you’re not but want to learn more about the Press Club — or just hang out with me — come on by!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More to dish about Dish

Just as my review of Dish was headed to press (you can read it here) I saw an item — and got an email — complaining that the two gay managers at the Cedar Springs restaurant (but not the straight G.M.) were canned. Apparently, some people are screaming homophobia.

That seems unlikely to me, if only because word also comes that the on-site executive chef, Brian Sommers, has also been let go … and he’s straight. Plus, the G.M. still there, Shawn Horne, is a straight-but-gay-friendly guy I have dealt with ever since he had Kitchen 1924 in Lakewood (he came to Dish directly from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck).

We’ll see how all this develops, but until it affects the food, I’ll give it time to shake out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones