Friday, March 06, 2009

'Christian' organization doesn't know the difference between a pro-family group and a hate group

Yesterday, I mentioned that the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) was miffed at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) due to the designation of several organizations as "hate groups."

The CADC is also circulating a petition asking that the SPLC stop labeling so-called "pro-family" organizations as hate groups:

Apparently the SPLC has no tolerance for Christians who speak and act in accordance with their faith. This is the typical, liberal kind of tolerance that is a one way street for those who oppose traditional Christian morality.

This brand of Christian bashing needs to be stopped.
Sign our petition urging the SPLC to stop slandering Christians for their biblical point of view. SPLC’s attempt to label pro-family organizations "hate groups" must to be renounced.

Interestingly enough, the CADC doesn't give the names of these groups it claims is being unfairly labeled as hate groups.

Here are just two:

The Family Research Institute - that is the organization run by discredited researcher Paul Cameron.

You remember him, don't you?

He is the guy who has been called out or censured by individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds including the American Psychological Association, The American Sociological Association, conservative leader Williams Bennett, and anti-gay group Exodus International.

He is the guy who makes up stories about gay men castrating children in bathrooms.

He is the guy who publishes phony studies claiming, amongst other things, that gay men eat feces.

He is the guy who said the following:

“If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one’s own personal amusement, and all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get—and that is what homosexuality seems to be—then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men, and women on women if all you are looking for is an orgasm.”

Then there is Abiding Truth Ministries - that is the group founded by Scott Lively. He is the guy who wrote that fradulent book The Pink Swastika which connects the gay community to the Nazi party. That's the book that has been repeatedly discredited. Presently, Mr. Lively is at a conference in Uganda, lending support to that country's very very strict anti-gay laws (those "convicted of homosexual acts" are given a life sentence).

In naming these organizations as hate groups, the SPLC said:

Anti-gay groups are organizations that go beyond mere disagreement with homosexuality by subjecting gays and lesbians to campaigns of personal vilification.

In addition, Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC said:

“we don’t ordinarily list groups that say homosexuality is wrong or see it as a sin; we list very few anti-gay groups. They have to be very extreme in their views. We see Lively the same way we see Paul Cameron; the two of them in our view consciously promote easily provable false defamations. They don’t seem to care at all what the truth is.”

Seems to me that anger shouldn't directed at SPLC for labeling these organizations as hate groups, but to CADC for calling them "pro-family."

That is if one cares about the integrity of such terms as "pro-family" and "Christian."
More on HRC's End the Lies project

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign launched a new site that will expose the lies told about the lgbt community.

Now you can help this site by nominating your favorite (and I use the term very loosely) spreader of anti-gay lies and distortions for the Wall of Shame.

I've already nominated a few deserving individuals.

By all means, nominate a few of your own. Lord knows that there are so many out there.