Family Research Council has yet to come out with ‘detailed response’ against SPLC charges

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

Last night, I asked a very pertinent question on my blog about the Family Research Council.

In December after the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the organization as an anti-gay hate group, Peter Sprigg – one of FRC's spokesman – said that they will be coming out with a more “detailed” response refuting these charges.

It's been almost two months and no detailed response has come out. So I asked when was this report coming out. What's more, I presented my question directly to FRC's webpage.

I wasn't expecting an answer so imagine my surprise when I got one, albeit a standard one:

Dear Mr. Alvin McEwen:

Thank you for your interest in the Family Research Council. As you may be aware, FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. We work to shape public debate and formulate public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.

We appreciate the time you have taken to contact FRC, and the opportunity to address your concerns. A member of FRC's correspondence team will respond to your comments shortly. Once again, thank you for your interest in FRC's work.

Your confirmation number for this activity is 3926862. If any information in this email confirmation is in error, or if you have further questions, please contact us by telephoning 1-800-22 5-4008 Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM EST. From all of us at FRC, thank you and God bless.

Sincerely,

Family Research Council

Between you and me, I have a feeling that I'm going to be waiting so long for FRC's answer that “my credit will get good again.”

But still, it's nice to put their feet to some type of fire.

If you feel the need to, please do the same – respectfully – by going here. Ask them why is it taking so long for them to “refute” SPLC's charges.
 
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Joy Behar On Crazy Eyes’ SOTU Response

Behar and her panel have a field day.

Joe. My. God.

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The landmark, image-making SOTU response of Paul Ryan

I Tweeted this after watching the official GOP response by Paul Ryan. It was flat, boring, lacked energy. But the real problem for me…

Well that #SOTU response was scintillating. All I can remember was the Eddie Munster hairline. Then again, still better than Jindal

I guess I wasn’t the only person noticing the resemblance…

Trending on Twitter after Rep. Paul Ryan’s SOTU response…

#EddieMunster

Ryan’s response is below the fold.

Good evening.  I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces.   One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.  We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson.  Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

*****

As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring.  As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget.  And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important.  Today, it’s imperative.  Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt.  The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation.  The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.

*****

Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years.  No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.”  Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have.  Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates.  Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.  The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt.  And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control.  What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

*****

And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending.  So hold all of us accountable.

In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget.  Last year – in an unprecedented failure- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget.  The spending spree continued unchecked.

*****

We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us.  They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

*****

We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense …  to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

*****

Limited government also means effective government.  When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well.  It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

*****

Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end.  We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

*****

Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.

*****

Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another:  We still have time… but not much time.  If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner.  That is why we must act now.

*****

Some people will back away from this challenge.  But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper.  Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.

*****

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity.  And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.  That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

*****

These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation.  In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America.  The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.

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LCR’s response to Motion to Hold Appeals in Abeyance re: DADT

The Log Cabin Republicans have issued a response to “Motion to Hold Appeals in Abeyance.”

ARGUMENT

Although a bill to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” statute, 10 U.S.C. §654, has been passed and signed by the President, this legislative “repeal” is not yet effective. It is undisputed, and the government’s motion acknowledges, that repeal will not take effect for 60 days following certification by three officials that several requirements have been met – a certification for which there is no deadline or expected timetable. The repeal also may not take effect at all if threatened Congressional action to “repeal the repeal” proceeds. In the meantime, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell continues in full force. Homosexual Americans who wish to enlist in the armed forces may not do so openly; current homosexual servicemembers must continue to lie about their identity and serve under ongoing threat of investigation; and servicemembers identified as homosexual continue to be subject to discharge.

More good stuff in there, but touché, LCR, touché.




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Jewish Community Provides Strong Faith-Based Response to LGBTQ Bullying

Back in October I featured an Op-Ed by Orthodox Rabbi Steven Burg titled “There’s no place for bullying in God’s world”.  As the international director of NCSY, the youth program of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Burg’s Op-Ed provides an important counter-balance to the public anti-LGBT voices of other clergy in his sect.  I have since learned that the Rabbi’s very meaningful contribution is only one of many efforts by diverse Jewish faith communities to speak as people of faith in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth and in opposition to bullying.

Last month Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Keshet and Nehirim joined together to launch the “Strength Through Community” project, a Jewish response to LGBTQ youth in crisis. The project brings together the many ways these Jewish organizations have begun to respond to the bullying faced by many LGBTQ teens.

“The energy in the Jewish community around this issue is inspiring – rabbis giving sermons, queer Jews sharing their stories for the fist time, synagogues posting GLBT Safe Zone stickers – and a clear rebuke to the idea that the religious community does not support GLBT members,” said Bonnie Rosenbaum, Deputy Director of Communications and Planning at Keshet.

At the project’s center is an online video campaign highlighting stories by members and leaders of Jewish organizations to provide messages of support grounded in faith. The messages are guided by principles developed with the support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and have received over 9,000 views since their launch.

The project is also promoting “Do Not Stand Idly By“, a Jewish community pledge launched by Keshet stating that bullying of our LGBTQ youth will not be tolerated.  Over 9,200 individuals and organizations have already signed the pledge.

Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives

As members of a tradition that sees each person as created in the divine image, we respond with anguish and outrage at the spate of suicides brought on by homophobic bullying and intolerance. We hereby commit to ending homophobic bullying or harassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations, and communities. As a signatory, I pledge to speak out when I witness anyone being demeaned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. I commit myself to do whatever I can to ensure that each and every person in my community is treated with dignity and respect.

Related:

* Happy Hannukah from Heschel GSA!

* Shattering the silence surrounding anti-LGBTQ violence

* Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Steven Burg says “There’s no place for bullying in God’s world”
From the websites of participating organizations:

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is one of the oldest and largest faith based LGBTQ action and community organizations in the country. Serving as New York’s synagogue for the LGBTQ Jewish community, and with an active social justice and educational program, CBST is a renowned leader of progressive religion and LGBTQ Jewish issues.

Keshet is a national grassroots organization dedicated to creating full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life. We offer resources, training, and technical assistance for creating change in Jewish communities nationwide.

Nehirim (“Lights”) is the leading national provider of programs for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews, partners, and allies.  Our retreats and other programs transform lives, and inspire GLBT Jews to be agents for change in their home communities. Nehirim is an independent, nonprofit, and nondenominational organization which celebrates the gifts of Judaism and sexual & gender diversity.
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Latest ‘pro-family’ response to SPLC list: ‘If hating homosexuals makes our church a hate group then that’s what we are’; wants gays dead



(via RWW)

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*Other SPLC list responses:

Matt Barber: Matt Barber called equality activists ‘purveyors of evil’. But yea, it probably is the SPLC that deserves scorn. Uh huh. Sure.

Gary Cass: Apoplectic rather than apologetic: Another family ‘defender’ knocks SPLC

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

Maggie Gallagher: No, no — Maggie’s not battling gay orientations. She just calls homosexuality ‘unfortunate’, ‘controllable’, and ‘sinful’ because she’s bored.

Bryan Fischer: In fact we’re so into stifling Bryan’s speech that we’ll now write our 47th post about him

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*A reminder of what Steven Anderson is all about:




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GetEQUAL’s response to the Gay DNCer’s response to ‘We” Give When We GetEQUAL’

Hysterical from GetEQUAL. Predictably pathetic from the Gay Vice Chair of the DNC:




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“We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL” – And The DNC Response

Society is made up of groups, and as long as the smaller groups do not have the same rights and the same protection as others — I don’t care whether you call it capitalism or communism — it is not going to work. Somehow, the guys in power have to be reached by counterpower, or through a change in their hearts and minds, or change will not come.

~Cesar Chavez

Let me begin by saying I’m a provisional board member of GetEqual, so my viewpoint in this diary isn’t without bias.

Let me also say I fully endorse the message of this video put out by GetEqual, and the e-blast message this video was included with.

I was surprised earlier this week, while checking our info@ email account, to see an email from an official within the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The message came in within half an hour of launching the campaign, and I was completely shocked by the response of yet another political insider, trying to pin the broken promises of his party on those who have been loyal for decades.

We were going to just tell you about the email, but we decided it would be better to just let the email speak for itself:

Check out the “We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL” campaign pledge today, and commit to give no money and no time until the political parties we’ve supported for so long spend as much time on our equality as they do on fundraising from us.

Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!

Michelle Wright

Campaign Associate

Thumbnail link to GetEQUAL campaign: 'We'll Give When We GetEQUAL'From the text of the email that DNC Vice Chair Ray Buckley to info@getequal.org, as shown in the GetEqual video:

Did Karl Rove right [sic] this letter for you? It is sickening and thankfully not working. I am raising more LGBT dollars this year than ever before.

There’s another statement in the video from that’s worth noting. It’s also from DNC Vice Chair Ray Buckley, and it was made to Corey Johnson of Towleroad at the Obama Inauguration Party in January, 2009:

I’ll be VERY SURPRISED if by the end of the year (2009) if we have not passed Hate Crimes that included all of us, if we didn’t pass and inclusive ENDA, if we didn’t repeal DOMA, and if we didn’t repeal DADT. And I think that’s going to happen.

Talk is…well, cheap. Results from the Democrats — beyond passing federal hate crimes legislation for sexual orientation and gender identity — wasn’t forthcoming in 2009, and doesn’t look to be forthcoming before the end of 2010.

Indeed, if you want to know whether today people believe in democracy, if you want to know whether they are true democrats, if you want to know whether they are human rights activists, the question to ask is, ‘What about gay people?’ Because that is now the litmus paper by which this democracy is to be judged.

~Bayard Rustin

Legislatively to this point, the Democratic Party at the federal level appears to have not passed Bayard Rustin’s litmus test regarding belief in democracy, nor does it appear that they’ve passed Bayard Rustin’s litmus test regarding being identified as human rights activists. Democrats on the federal level talk a good game regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights, but their legislative successes have come up short — They certainly didn’t live up to their rhetoric.

I’m with GetEqual when we say “We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL.”
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And one more LifeSite News response before letting it go…

J,

It’s witty. Creative. Humorous. Good Lord, we all need to laugh a little even as we debate policy. I don’t feel threatened or think you’re advocating violence against anyone. We all just need to get over ourselves sometimes.

-A senior executive at a mega “pro-family” organization, responding to LifeSite News’ inability to take a joke

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*The backstory:

-The satirical game in question: Destroy Traditional Marriage: The Game

-LifeSite News’ response to it (part of a fundraising pitch, natch): AH! HELP!! OUR TOTALLY NON-SATIRICAL ATTEMPT TO DESTROY MARRIAGE HAS BEEN FOUND!



-God himself weighs in: EXCLUSIVE: GOD OFFICIALLY ON OUR SIDE!




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‘Jubilant’ reaction to Prop. 8 and an ‘Agitated’ response to its political aftermath

Newsweek posted some reactions to the Prop. 8 decision. You might recognize a couple of them:

Jubilant

Don’t take this as gloating, gay blogger Alvin McEwen writes, but it’s pretty clear that Prop 8 was overturned because the claims of supporters, though effective in scaring paranoid voters, simply don’t withstand the scrutiny of the judicial system.

Alvin McEwen:

“In the courts, you must defend your position … Your leaders spun false images of avenging hordes for their reluctance to be questioned in the courts about the unprovoked lies they said in pulpits, in speeches, and on commercials. This time, it didn’t work. The court saw through the phony claims and realized something, which I hope that many of you now do—you have no logical reason to either deny us the right to love or to deny us the ability to protect the ones whom we love.”

Alvin McEwen, Pam’s House Blend

If you don’t know my friend, Alvin, you should. He keeps track of the right-wing’s anti-gay rhetoric and calls them out on their lies all the time. Besides writing at the Blend, he’s got his own blog: Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters.

And:

Agitated

Like many advocates, gay journalist John Aravosis of the progressive AmericaBlog isn’t buying the White House’s statement on the ruling, which says Obama opposes both Prop 8 and gay marriage. The time for wishy-washy equivocating is over.

John Aravosis:

“Did the White House just say that they agreed with the federal court’s reasoning that ‘no rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.’ Really? I doubt it. I think the White House just tried to have its cake and eat it too—sound supportive, but not dare embrace the decision itself … It’s time for the White House to answer the question, do they agree with the ruling or not?”

John Aravosis, AmericaBlog

That “agitation” from John was before we heard what David Axelrod on Thursday morning:

The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control. He’s supports civil unions, and that’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.

That’s so wrong. A lot has changed, much of it because of Prop. 8. There’s going to be a lot more agitation if Obama keeps defending separate, but equal for LGBT Americans.




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