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12/11/2013

Read: Anti-gay coalition sends SPLC-bashing letter to Secretary Hagel

by Jeremy Hooper

When it comes to a movement that hates nothing more than its own rhetoric presented back to it and its water-carriers, there are no bigger enemies than those of us who bring more light to their extreme views. Which is why these folks hate GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, bloggers who track their work, sites like RightWingWatch—and particularly the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In a new letter that some of the most anti-LGBT voices in the nation (Bauer! Staver! Boykin!) have sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, this increasingly desperate movement continues to fire rhetorical shots at the messenger rather than take responsibility for their own words and actions. Once again, they have the SPLC front and center:

Rabidly anti-gay voices pretend like SPLC is the real "hater"

They've been trying this stuff for so many years now. In all that time, I've yet to hear even one of these anti-LGBT figures actually acknowledge what they've said and done to earn scrutiny. Not one. It's all part of this weird far-right idea that it's somehow worse to call someone anti-gay (or anti–any number of things) than it is to actually be actively (and often militantly) opposed to the minority group in question.

And no, the fact that a madman used the SPLC's documented findings in order to find out that the FRC is actively anti-gay does not change the facts. That 2012 incident was sad, awful, frightening, and worthy of the strongest condemnation—and LGBT groups led the charge saying as much! But just because this crazed individual misused the work does not strip the work of its merits.

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