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03/07/2013

Ever-deceptive FRC twists 50+ yr old hit piece into supposed battle plan

by Jeremy Hooper

The exceedingly anti-gay Family Research Council begins its latest round of "Prayer Targets" with this:

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[FRC Prayer Targets]

Only thing? The Naked Communist was not an actual book written by actual communists—it was a conservative hit piece in which Cleon Skousen, a rabidly conservative anti-Communist (he worked with the John Birch Society), drummed up "Red Scare" era fears with this list of supposed goals. These were not actual goals but rather conservative fears that they wanted to use to scare the public. It is uber-Screen Shot 2013-03-07 At 10.58.22 Amdeceptive to use it now, as if the conservative fear-mongering of 1958 justifies its modern day counterpart. To put it in modern context: This would be like using an FRC pamphlet on the supposed "gay agenda" to describe LGBT people's actual wants and desires.

Oh, and speaking specifically to the gay one: The word FRC cut out and replaced with an ellipsis was "degeneracy." The actual fear line that the far-right Mr. Skousen wrote: "Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." It's obvious why FRC cut that out: because it would have told you, the potential supporter, too much about the agenda that sparked this particular work. Mr. Skousen conflated homosexuality with degeneracy because that's how he saw gays; his document was meant to teach the public to see gays in the same way. Sound familiar?

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