"I don't know about you, but every time I hear the word 'family' in any American organization, a sudden chill goes down my spine as if I'm about to hear the mindless bigoted bile you've ever heard spouting out of a human being's mouth," says veteran YouTuber Richard Coughlan as he introduces his rebuttal to the Family Research Council's "Top 10 Myths About Homosexuality," from the wonderful Peter Sprigg, or as Coughlan describes him, "some shit stain pubic clown." It only goes uphill from there.
Jeremy Hooper at Good as You also uncovered a document, as yet unreleased, which shows that FRC is developing a campaign with some of the other anti-gay groups which the SPLC labeled as hate groups, to try to spin the lie that they are the victims.
Watch Perkins spew lies on FOX & Friends, and read the document, AFTER THE JUMP…
[Mike] Huckabee was also astounded when the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Family Research Council as a hate group, because they oppose same sex marriage. “So does 60 percent of America,” Huckabee said. “Does that mean that that 60 percent of America is a hate group?” [SOURCE]
Most of the Family Research Council’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell press conference was dreadfully boring. Our reactions were pretty close to the guy on the right:
But then around the 49:30 mark, president Tony Perkins disappears to places unknown, fill-in moderator J.P. Duffy introduces Arthur Schultz of the International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers, and all kinds of nutty breaks lose. We’re talking fisting and rimming mentions, as the speakers (sans Tony) try to keep our armed forces limited to “morally ascendent people.”
Watch as much as you can stomach:
**Oh, and don’t miss the truly disgusting scapegoating of transgender activist Autumn Sandeen around the 34:00 mark, where they purposely single her out from the GetEqual protesters with this graphic and caption:
Dan Savage tells Kyra Phillips, who is incredulous over the numbers of violent crimes committed against gay people, that change must begin with organizations like CNN, which give platforms to leaders of hate groups like the Family Research Council, which masquerade as religious organizations.
Says Savage: "There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights. Right now one side is really using dehumanizing rhetoric. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups as hate groups and yet the leaders of these groups, people like Tony Perkins, are welcomed onto networks like CNN to espouse hate directed at gays and lesbians. And similarly hateful people who are targeting Jews or people of color or anyone else would not be welcome to spew their bile on CNN."
UPDATE: Savage says, "The question about what could be done to lower the rate of anti-gay hate crimes was the planned final question in the segment, CNN knew I was going to slam 'em when they asked it, and they had me on anyway. Which is to CNN's credit."
“This week another group that demands the celebration of homosexuality called on National Public Radio to exclude the viewpoint of Family Research Council and other conservatives because we ‘have nothing productive to bring to the table.’
“We are all agreed that every suicide by a ‘gay’-identified teenager is a tragedy. And there are not two sides to the issue of bullying–we are all agreed that no one deserves to be bullied and that bullies should be punished. But there most certainly are two sides to the claims that orthodox theology and pro-family public policies are to blame for such bullying and such suicides, and the media has an obligation to air both sides, not just attacks by homosexual activists. In their definition of tolerance, the truth that would prevent a young person entering into homosexuality, or that change is possible for those seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle, must be silenced.” – Family Research Council head Tony Perkins.
“I don’t often get to write to you on the heels of a thrilling, public victory. FRC’s strategic team and your prayers and financial support won the day! Yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted down the Defense Authorization Bill — with its candy box of treats for radical liberals. The outrageous amendments to the bill included repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and turning every military installation into an abortion clinic. This is a victory for the men and women who serve our nation in uniform–at least for now they will not be used to advance a radical social agenda. The Wall Street Journal credited FRC with ‘[leading] the opposition to a repeal.’
“Friends, FRC needs your renewed support urgently. FRC’s fiscal year closes on September 30. This is a critical milestone for us, because our financial status at the end of the fiscal year will determine how much we can grow and accomplish in the next year. We have .1 million remaining to raise. It’s important for you to know that FRC doesn’t spend what we don’t have. We have very conservative financial management. We won’t go into debt in order to fight pivotal battles like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We don’t have any endowment or large reserves. Together, we can accomplish more victories like today’s win in the Senate. Donate today!” – Family Research Council head bigot Tony Perkins, getting happy with the Lord over crushing the civil rights of fellow Americans.
-Someone needs to give these folks some new talking points. If they’re going to keep giving verbose speeches to essentially say, “I’m just not comfortable with gay people,” they can at least mix it up a bit. “Slippery slope”? Gays “choosing” their “conduct”? The idea that only anti-gay Christians have “religious freedom” in this nation? Etc., etc. It’sall so tired!
-Someone needs to tell Tony Perkins that he wasn’t disinvited form Andrews Air Force base because of his faith: He was disinvited because of the comments he made just moments after the State of the Union speech, when he wrote that this nation’s Commander in Chief is “willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby.” For many within the military culture, comments like these go well beyond normal politicking and partisanship — they are unfair assessments of the one person who outranks all other military officers. And since nobody is constitutionally owed a speaking engagement, that same military culture has every right to disinvite a speaker who has, on his own volition, put forth such a disrespectful judgment of the Commander in Chief’s own judgment call.
-Someone needs to tell Harry Jackson that press conferences are not call-and-response revivals. We know the participant most likely agrees with what’s being said, or he or she probably wouldn’t be standing up there. So there’s no need to give vocal affirmation and/or applause every five seconds.
Oh whatever, just go watch (as much as you can stand):