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08/20/2012

Why no one trusts anything the Family Research Council says—Frank Turek edition

by Jeremy Hooper

On the new website where the socially conservative group attempts to claim religious hostilities are at an all time high, Family Research Council staffers write the following about an incident involving Frank Turek:

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[Religious Hostilities: A project of FRC and Liberty Institute]

But the truth? Frank Turek does not simply believe in man/woman marriage. This is of course what groups like FRC and NOM always say in order to justify their work. However, Frank Turek, like FRC, believes that gay people are themselves broken and in need of "changing."

Ex. 1: Frank Turek goes around the country saying that gays and "radical Muslims" both "hate Western civilization, both hate Judeo-Christian natural law values that our Constitution and particularly our Declaration of Independence were founded on"

Ex. 2: Frank Turek promotes the idea that gay people are embracing harmful, "illegitimate" and "changeable" behavior on par with that of sociopaths, alcoholics, or even gay bashers

Ex. 3: Frank Turek likens same-sex marriage to human/beast marriage

Ex. 4: Frank Turek claims that gay activists are "acting like racists" in their quests to do things like serve openly in the military.

Ex. 5: Frank Turek's radio show routinely plays hosts to fringe figures like Michael Brown, who spend much time trying to conflate pedophilia to homosexuality.

Ex. 6: Frank Turek responds to the pro-gay vibe of "Glee" by saying it "advertises sin and destruction," even going so far as to link the pro-gay advocacy to the recent spate of tragic LGBT suicides.

Ex. 7: Here's some visual of Frank Turek giving lengthy speeches to captive audiences telling them that gays can and should "change":

Ex. 8: Here's some audio of Frank Turek saying gays may be "trying to do the work of the enemy" and pushing the dangerous myth that all lesbians are sexually abused:


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

But FRC doesn't want to own any of this. They never do. It's always the people who point out the dangerous rhetoric who they frame as in the wrong, not the people who, well, you know—ACTUALLY PEDDLED THE DANGEROUS RHETORIC!!!!!!

This is what has to stop. Equality activists are ready to have this conversation in the public sphere. All we ask is that groups like FRC and individuals like Frank Turek stand by what they have chosen, on their time and volition, to put forth to a receptive public! In fact this isn't an ask—it's a demand.

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