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

Cary-CassGary Cass of something called DefendChristians.org weighs in on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s work:

To say that anybody who has a principled objection to homosexuality [and warns of] the impact that that sinful lifestyle has on individuals and on society is somehow morally equivalent to overt racism and violence is absolutely defamatory,” Cass contends. “The [SPLC] has utterly discredited themselves by this provocative attack on organizations that promote traditional family values.”

‘Hate group’ label applied to Christian ministries [ONN]

Only thing? The SPLC didn’t say that anyone who objects to homosexuality falls in any one certain category. At all. They didn’t even say it about all of the groups that they covered in their research.

What SPLC did do is make note of the words and actions of certain groups, providing extensive background information on those organizations that have met or exceeded the high bar of qualification that they place on their hate groups list. SPLC make evidence-based distinctions, and people like Gary Cass KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE! It’s just that Cass also knows how to play the anti-LGBT far-right’s game. And in terms of taking responsibility for the aggressive words and deeds that so routinely flow from the professionally anti-LGBT spokesmouths, this same far-right scores anywhere between a zero and a 0.2 (the point two, because we assume their “and’s” and “the’s” are truthful). Cass is now joining folks like Tony Perkins and Matt Barber and Maggie Gallagher in attacking the SPLC, because Warren Throckmorton’s suggestion of combatting the documented actuality would distract from the day-to-day work of obfuscating/refusing to cop to the same.

Groups like Family Research Council and the American Family Association have been talking (gays are “held captive by the enemy“) and talking ( “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews“) and talking (“let’s export and/or criminalize gays”) for years. All SPLC really did was hit the record button.




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

Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel and Associate Dean with Liberty University School of Law, is among the most incendiary Matt-Barbervoices in the “pro-family” movement. Examples: There was the time Matt said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”; the time Matt called President Barack Obama an anti-american enemy; the time he accused Obama and Barney Frank of being anti-religious bigots; the time he suggested there are “sinister motives” in the Obama White House; the time he agreed with TVC’s Andrea Lafferty that homosexuality is “among a litany of…sexual deviances” that include things like sex with an amputee’s stump and sexual behavior involving feces and urine; the time he likened pro-equality progressives to Fred “God Hates F*gs” Phelps; the time he referred to marriage equality advocates as “purveyors of evil“; the time he compared gay unions to marrying a house plant; the time he said Ellen Degeneres “guides her many adoring housewife fans into rebellion against God’s divine and explicit natural order”; the time he called Google “satanic” for supporting marriage equality; the time he accused gay-friendly media outlets of trying “to make the absurd appear reasonable and normal”; etc., etc.

Now, in a completely self-unaware turn, the undeniably homo-hostile Matt is jumping in to support those groups (like the Family Research Council) who the Southern Poverty Law Center has added to their latest hate groups list. Here’s a brief snip:

Of course, the tired goal of this silly meme is to associate in the public mind’s eye mainstream conservative social values with racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. The ironic result, however, is that, as typically occurs with such ad hominem and hyperbolic attacks, the attacker ends up marginalizing himself and galvanizing his intended target (I’m rubber, you’re glue and all that).

Hence, beyond a self-aggrandizing liberal echo chamber, the SPLC – and by extension the greater “progressive” movement – has become largely, as it stews in its own radicalism, just another punch line.

It’s often said that the first to call the other a Nazi has lost the argument.

Congratulations, conservative America: They’re calling you a Nazi. Carry on.

BARBER: SPLC: The wolf who cried ‘hate’ [Wash Times]

Well, actually SPLC isn’t calling anyone a Nazi. But you know who totally does elicit Nazi-dom in his own rhetoric? Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association:

Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. Maybe it’s time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.” [SOURCE]

And yet the AFA is the other newly-listed group besides FRC that Matt specifically defends in his above Wash. Times piece! Because again: Unawareness and logical inconsistency rule the far-right day. These folks love to blow smoke into the dog whistles, but they go absolutely apepoop angry when their critics listen in to their dish.

The funny thing? Matt’s Liberty Counsel group was specifically left off the SPLC’s list. They were mentioned, but not added. Does Matt really want to tempt that fate by adding more light to his litany of aggressive insults? Because we’re totally okay with that, if he does. We just wonder if the Liberty Counsel’s benefactors, present or future, really see this as smart strategy.




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SPLC hate groups list: Focus on the Family punts to God; we advise keeping at least half an eye on more grounded facts

In light of the recent additions to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, we asked Focus on Family’s Communications Director, Gary Schneeberger, if the Colorado Springs mega-gelicals still plan to reach out to groups like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council (two of the five groups added to SPLC’s dishonor roll). Here is Schneeberger’s on record reply:

We have some substantive differences with the way the SLPC defines ‘hate,’ so we’ll continue to base our partnerships on biblical criteria such as adherence to God’s truth and extension of His grace.

Interesting. This writer’s first reaction: That Focus on the Family really needs to reconsider some of the “God’s truth” that comes from people like the AFA’s Bryan “only homosexuals were savage enough for Hitler” Fischer, who pretty much single-handedly got the American Family Association on the SPLC’s list (*see more of what Fischer’s all about here). Or the godly gospel that comes from folks like the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg, who has called for both the exportation and criminalization of gays (which SPLC specifically cited as reason for FRC’s addition to the hate groups list). If that’s grace, then we’d hate to see God’s inelegance.

Second reaction: This reply seems counterproductive to FOtF’s wants and needs. After all, the SPLC’s criteria clearly sees Focus on the Family in a different light, which is why they are not on the list. In fact, in two different points of her write up regarding these new additions, SPLC writer Evelyn Schlatter was careful to note how Focus on the Family has adopted a more moderate stance in the days post-Dobson. And even though we’d say that FOtF’s “ex-gay” advocacy often belies this moderate desire, clearly SPLC, using their own organizational standard, sees Focus on the Family as failing to meet or exceed the “hate” bar. One would think Focus on the Family, especially in this “softer” Jim Daly era that they’ve been working so hard to cultivate, would want to embrace the higher standards that keep them from getting such negative notice. One would think they’s wish to repudiate the harsh words that seem to be growing harsher with every passing LGBT victory. But no. Instead of criticizing the fully documented realities that got these other groups on the list, they are opting to go after SPLC for simply noting the same? Hmm. Perhaps that’ll work out for ‘em, but I’m failing to see how.

Why would it be in Focus’ interest to taunt the SPLC’s discerning bar, saying that they have “substantive differences” with the SPLC’s definitions? And why would they stick their necks out to challenge the SPLC’s work when, again: All of this stuff is fully documented, most of it on audio or video (much of it brought to light by yours truly). All Schneeberger’s response will do is highlight the “pro-family” community’s all-too-common refusal to take responsibility for what comes from the religious rights stable, as well as force groups like SPLC (and sites like this one) to publicly wonder why on-message unity seems so much more important to these Colorado Springs kids than does responsible discourse.

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*NOTE: Focus on the Family’s Stuart Shepard was on AFA Radio just yesterday.

*NOTE2: After another member of the SPLC’s incoming freshman class, Americans For Truth’s Peter LaBarbera, posted my wedding picture with the word “perversion” written on top of it, I wrote Schneeberger to see why he and his fellows never step up and criticize beyond the pale nonsense like that. I got no response.




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SPLC hate groups: 5 more anti-LGBT orgs to enter annals

Holy crap:

Via Truth Wins Out, we see that the Southern Poverty Law Center has released a piece profiling Of 18 anti-gay organizations and has announced that they will be adding 5 new organizations to their list of active anti-gay hate groups.

The new additions are:

1. American Family Association

2. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality

3. Dove World Outreach Center

4. Family Research Council

5. Illinois Family Institute

The other anti-gay groups profiled by the SPLC but not officially designated as hate groups are:

1. Christian Anti-Defamation Commission

2. Concerned Women for America

3. Coral Ridge Ministries

4. Liberty Counsel

5. National Organization for Marriage


FRC, AFA Among New Organization Designated “Anti-Gay Hate Groups” SPLC [Right Wing Watch]

To us, Family Research Council is the most notable addition. Because while AFA is incredibly incendiary and AFTAH’s attacks have hit a highly personal note for this site and its writer, it’s FRC that holds the most conservative credence, hands down. Remember: Tony “gays are ‘held captive the enemy’” Perkins and the rest of his FRC crew routinely get booked on/in mainstream media outlets, usually presented as mere “from the right” voices (Just this past weekend, Peter “Let’s export and/or criminalize gays” Sprigg was booked on MSNBC).

Plus there’s the presidential factor, with all of the major hopefuls showing up in every election year to speak at FRC’s annual Values Voters Summit. Huckabee, Romney, McCain, Giuliani — they were all there in the run up to ’08. Other hopefuls like Rep. Mike Pence (Far R-IN) were on hand this year, doing their best to turn anti-gay politicking into a viable White House path.

So highlighting FRC comes with just a little more weight. Weight that SPLC now highlights as being among the most crushing in all of the “culture war” landscape. Weight that should be seen as an albatross for those in the GOP who are seeking fair, respectful, adult discourse.




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