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08/29/2012

FRC fundraises by conflating fair scrutiny with violence

by Jeremy Hooper

From the Family Research Council's August newsletter to supporters, words attributed to president Tony Perkins:

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FULL LETTER: FRC

Alright, so I don't think I need to repeat the vicious slights that FRC staffers lay at our feet on a daily basis. If you head over to GLAAD CAP, you can read the factual, non-editorialized, fully documented roundups of Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg's intense rhetoric. Or, if you want a quick glimpse, you can listen right now to FRC's VP of Church Ministries, Kenyn Cureton, telling a room of North Carolina marriage amendment supporters that gays are commanded by the Devil:

"Who do you think is ultimately behind the efforts to advance the radical homosexual agenda, indoctrinate our children, and ruin our military, now? Who's behind the efforts to get God out of government, Christ out of culture, and faith out of public life? Who's behind it? Well, I think we've got a pretty clear answer. [laughter] The Devil is behind it! So, the real enemy…it's not the poor, deluded souls who are advancing these ungodly agendas—they're simply pawns in the hands of their malevolent master. They need to be set free by the grace of God in the person of Jesus Christ—amen?…As you think about this battle in which we're engaged, you need to think about who the real enemy is that we're fighting against here, and that is, the fact is, we're up against the organized, mobilized, demonized forces of hell itself. And really, to the victor goes the prize of the America our children will inherit, so this is a fight we dare not lose. Amen?"

"Again, the evil day is not coming to America—the evil day is here….We are engaged in a great spiritual war with the forces of evil directed by the prince of darkness himself."


(from a strategy speech delivered at a 2012 Concerned Women For America conference)

This is the FRC that those of us who challenge their work both know and tolerate with an admirably strong spine and good nature. But of course FRC doesn't want to acknowledge either what this organization has done to earn its political reputation or how sincere and heartfelt those of us who challenge their work were on the day that a deranged gunman highlighted the very real fears that lie in the back of the minds of all of us who engage in American political issues in the year 2012. Instead, they are trying to convince their supporters that someone like me—a legally married gay man who has tracked FRC closer than almost anyone for seven years but has never once gone personal against Perkins, Sprigg, or any of the players who have so crudely diminished my worth—is fomenting violence. They are taking their practical concerns and turning them into political opportunity.

Makes me sad. But seeing what I've seen for so long now, I can't say I'm surprised.

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