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11/29/2010

Apoplectic rather than apologetic: Another family 'defender' knocks SPLC

by Jeremy Hooper

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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