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FRC calls us 'spineless bullies'; we call on FRC to spin less bull + lies

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-04-27 At 8.29.12 AmIn their daily "Washington Update," Family Research Council staffers are using King & Spalding's ultimately principled decision to step away from the DOMA case (i.e. not defend discrimination for gay Americans) to brand all equality advocates with a "spineless" label:

"This firestorm is exposing homosexual activists for what they are--spineless bullies." [FRC]

Right. So let's take a sec and unpack this:

Spineless: Early- and mid- 20th century activists who risked all they had in order to be heard? Kids who come out in conservative parts of the country at young ages? Couples who let the American public into their homes so as to advance the equality cause? People who dare to live a life of truth, even if come comes at the expense of a life of ease? Those who cull their arguments from deep research rather than rely on preconceived scripts?

Bullies: American taxpayers who rise up against the idea that their citizenship is second-class? People who put more stock in the informed opinions of judges than they do in the whims of a bare majority vote? Those who keep their religious beliefs separate from their civil life, realizing that the former is varied and changing while the latter should be as unified as possible? Activists who push for simple things like open service, employment non-discrimination, equal marriage, and fair immigration practices rather than discriminatory measures that inscribe discrimination into governing documents?

Is this really what the gay rights "firestorm" is revealing to the American public -- or is that FRC officials think if they bully the discourse long enough, a complacent nation will eventually lend invertebrate credence to their noise onslaught?

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