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11/26/2010

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

by Jeremy Hooper

As predicted, the Family Research Council is lashing out against the respected Southern Poverty Law Center for adding the anti-LGBT group to their latest hate groups list. Just as predictably: FRC is completely overlooking the clearly documented findings that landed them on the list, instead attacking the monolithic "left," their "sexual preferences," and their "radical" "slander":

Family Research Council has, for nearly 30 years, advanced faith, family, and freedom in public discourse. We do so with civility and compassion. We hold to the indisputable fact that the family - a Dad, a Mom, and children - is the best building block of a good society, which is why we oppose efforts to transform it based on personal sexual preference.

"The Southern Poverty Law Center is a massively funded liberal organization that operates under a veneer of public justice when, in fact, they seem more interested in fundraising ploys than fighting wrongdoing.

"This is a deliberately timed smear campaign by the SPLC. The Left is losing the debate over ideas and the direction of public policy so all that is left for them is character assassination. It's a sad day in America when we can not, with integrity, have a legitimate discussion over policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures, and the courts without resorting to juvenile tactics of name calling.

"The Left's smear campaigns of conservatives is also being driven by the clear evidence that the American public is losing patience with their radical policy agenda as seen in the recent election and in the fact that every state, currently more than thirty, that has had the opportunity to defend the natural definition of marriage has done so. Earlier this month, voters in Iowa sent a powerful message when they removed three Supreme Court justices who imposed same-sex marriage on the state. Would the SPLC also smear the good people of Iowa?

"Family Research Council will continue to champion marriage and family as the foundation of our society and will not acquiesce to those seeking to silence the Judeo-Christian views held by millions of Americans. We call on the Southern Poverty Law Center to apologize for this slanderous attack and attempted character assassination."
[SOURCE]

It's the height of shooting the messenger, since the message is too karmically damning. Messenger-shooting that fails to acknowledge even one of the points that SPLC writer Evelyn Schlatter highlighted in her writeup:

Headed today by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history. It relies on the work of Robert Knight, who also worked at Concerned Women for America but now is at Coral Ridge Ministries (see above for both), along with that of FRC senior research fellows Tim Dailey (hired in 1999) and Peter Sprigg (2001). Both Dailey and Sprigg have pushed false accusations linking gay men to pedophilia (see related story, p. 31): Sprigg has written that most men who engage in same-sex child molestation “identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual,” and Dailey and Sprigg devoted an entire chapter of their 2004 book Getting It Straight to similar material. The men claimed that “homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses” and similarly asserted that “homosexuals are attracted in inordinate numbers to boys.”

More recently, in March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: “I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them.” He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, “I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior.” “So we should outlaw gay behavior?” Matthews asked. “Yes,” Sprigg replied. At around the same time, Sprigg claimed that allowing gay people to serve openly in the military would lead to an increase in gay-on-straight sexual assaults.

Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis “Woody” Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation. In 1999, in fact, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the group over its “racist views.” A short time later, after an Intelligence Report exposé but before Perkins’ 2001 speech, Republican House Speaker Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group.

And to these points we could also add:

- Tony Perkins routinely says his opposition (including but not limited to gays) is "held captive by the enemy"

- FRC has issued a same-sex marriage pamphlet that compares gay unions to those that might theoretically exist between a man and his horse (complete with a horse's picture on its front page)

- Peter Sprigg on how to handle sexually active gay men: "The CDC spokesman is cited as saying, 'There is no single or simple solution for reducing HIV and syphilis rates among gay and bisexual men.' This is plainly false. There is, for example, a single and simple solution for smoking-related illnesses, and we have all heard it—'If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit.' It’s long past time for public health authorities to say the same about men having sex with men."

- Perkins once said that gay teens try suicide because they know homosexuality is "abnormal."

- Sprigg's emphatically stated that the idea of homosexuality being present in infants at birth "has been disproven scientifically."

- FRC's Tom McClusky voiced support for Sen. Jim DeMint's belief that gay teachers should be fired.

- Perkins said those who criticized or even simply questioned a bakery for refusing to make rainbow cupcakes are engaging in "economic terrorism."

- FRC has given multiple platforms to the beyond-incendiary Bryan Fischer. Most prominently, at this past September's Values Voters Summit.

- FRC uses grim reaper photos to illustrate what non-discrimination will supposedly do to America.

-And because it's more shocking in video, here are two of the Peter Sprigg comments that SPLC specifically mentioned:


*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]

*SOURCE: MSNBC

Etc, etc. We'll stop there, because we could seriously be here all day. That's not even a joke. We have six years of archives on FRC: Feel free to use your own Black Friday pulling their organizational thread of offense, should mall shopping be a bore.

The bottom line: FRC can try all they want to attack those who simply use their eyes and ears and digital recording devices to capture what comes forth from their Washington D.C. stable. Those who look at the record and side with FRC are people who were never going to side with pro-LGBT peace in the first place. For the rest of the reality-based community, the message is finally starting to hit home. Thankfully.

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