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11/29/2012

FRC, spinelessly unwilling to take responsibility for own verbal turds, slings mud at respected civil rights org.

by Jeremy Hooper

As most of you know, The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented the extreme rhetoric and actions of Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, and others, leading the SPLC to add their employer, the Family Research Council, to its selective list of anti-gay hate groups. SPLC has not added other self-identified "pro-family" groups (Focus on the Family, Concerned Women For America, NOM, etc), because SPLC has not documented enough outright viciousness to meet its criteria for the ignoble list. But the SPLC has meticulously documented more than enough from FRC. It's really not that hard to do. All you have to do is listen to that organization's daily output.

So when you read these words credited to FRC president Perkins, you will have no problem noting the obvious game he is playing:

"With its credibility drying up, the Southern Poverty Law Center is determined to cement its status as the homosexual movement's greatest ally. Desperate to regain its status in the civil rights debate, the group is following the money to the gay community, where it hopes the partnership will help SPLC regain some of the legitimacy it lost bullying mainstream conservatives. Their latest attempt to claw their way back into the spotlight is a lawsuit aimed at destroying the ex-gay movement. This week, SPLC announced that it is suing a Jewish organization called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives of Healing) for consumer fraud. They allege that the therapy, which is designed to bring homosexuals out of bondage and into healthy behavior, failed. That's as ridiculous as suing Weight Watchers because they promised you'd lose weight and you didn't! The only people guilty of fraud are the ones who claim people with same-sex attractions can't change."
FRC via Joe.My.God.

Tony and FRC have been attacking SPLC ever since the latter called out the former for its years of outrageousness. Never once has an FRC staffer taken responsibility for the tangible words and deeds that led to their selection. Instead, they have been working overtime trying to name reality. Their "reality" claims SPLC as discredited, illegitimate, biased, irrelevant, mean-spirited, or anything that FRC things might taken onus off of their own actions and instead place the burden on the messenger who simply noted the factual record.

FRC is bearing false witness because the truth is too hard for FRC to face. It's a fact that Peter Sprigg has called for gays to be "exported" and or criminalized. It's a fact
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that Tony Perkins calls gays "pawns of the enemy," fundraises with the claim that it's "disgusting" to tell gay kids that they're okay how they are, and routinely likens homosexuality to drug abuse (that and much more here). It's a fact that Kenyn Cureton has referred to gays as "simply pawns in the hands of their malevolent master" the Devil and claimed that FRC's is a fight against "the forces of evil directed by the prince of darkness himself."
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It's a fact that FRC produces pamphlets that begin by comparing same-sex marriages to man-horse marriages (complete with horse graphic). And it's also a fact that Tony Perkins is one of America's biggest advocates for the scientifically discredited, downright offensive idea that gays need to be "changed." SPLC didn't make up this (and much more) crap. FRC chose to build a national profile by saying and doing all of this and more.

It's just easier for them to attack minority populations and messengers rather than take a long, hard, reverent look in the mirror that we're holding in their ever-discriminatory organizational face.

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