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11/29/2010

Christian conservative: Anti-LGBT groups should flip over new leaf, not flippantly flip the bird at critics

by Jeremy Hooper

Christian conservative Warren Throckmorton responds to the "pro-family" figures like Matt Barber and Tony Perkins who, rather than working to correct the flawed and hostile records that they have perpetuated, are busy attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center for simply making note of the over-the-top anti-gay ridiculousness:

"The groups which now populate the SPLC list specialize in ad hominem and hyperbolic attacks. Claims that gays die 20+ years early, that they are child abusers, that they are inherently diseased, and responsible for the Holocaust are the kinds of ad hominem and hyperbolic attacks which lead thoughtful people, liberal and conservative, to question the credibility of those making the claims

Christian groups should care about nuance and bearing honest witness. They should avoid misleading stereotypes and strive for accuracy in fact claims. When they don’t, they hurt the church and the good work that others are doing. Being designated a hate group is a serious matter and one which cause reflection about the charges and not reckless defensiveness.
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The SPLC hate list and the Nazi card [Warren Throckmorton]

Show nuance? Bear honest witness? Avoid stereotypes? Strive for fact? Reflect on their actions?

Well gee, Warren: We're not really sure they want to come work for our pro-equality, pro-peace side. But nice of you to direct them our way, should they want to drop the game and start embracing the real.

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