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SPLC designated hate group thinks lesbian PFLAG mom is 'emotionally manipulative'; relatedly, down is convinced it is up

by Jeremy Hooper

When the anti-LGBT crowd manipulates the public into believing that gays are immoral, unfit for civil rights and protections, threatening, or as generally nasty as they like to portray us, they are of course just acting like good "values" Christians. But when actual LGBT humans stand up and speak on our own behalf, alongside supportive clergy and scholars? Well, we're just being "emotionally manipulative," natch.

So goes the Illinois Family Institute's apparent thinking:

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Please. The very name "Illinois Family Institute" is emotionally manipulative, duping folks into believing that those opposed to the IFI's radical agenda are somehow "anti-family." Every hit piece that comes out of this organization—which, I need to remind you, is one of the very few state policy groups to make the SPLC's hate groups list—is built around manipulating people's senses of peace. For their own supporters, this means taking could-be peace and turning into aggressive action against their LGBT neighbors; for LGBT people and supporters, it means taking should-be peace and converting into fear, anger, vulnerability, and disgust.

Groups like the IFI spend their days hoping they will be able to misdefine LGBT people, our wants, and our needs so that they can carry out their heterosexist, deeply hostile narrative (which culminates in "changing" us). That goes beyond emotional manipulation: it is emotional malpractice in its most concentrated and disturbing form.

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