Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A little comedy courtesy of the Family Research Council

I am so glad that I receive daily emails from the Family Research Council because the organization is always good for at least a laugh. For example, take its defense of the American Family Association today:

Just yesterday, a homosexual group vilified the Governor (Sam Brownback of Kansas) for speaking at Gov. Rick Perry's "Response" prayer event in Houston this weekend. The Kansas Equality Coalition blasted Brownback for appearing at an event sponsored by American Family Association, which they describe--not as extreme--but "barbaric." We've partnered with AFA for years, and I can tell you that nothing the organization has ever done could be characterized as such. If spreading the gospel, defending family values, and protecting marriage is "barbaric," then Gov. Brownback has plenty of reasons to join the rally. Obviously, the misguided people at Kansas Equality could use the prayer!

Are they kidding? Check out AFA's definition of  spreading the gospel, defending family values, and protecting marriage via the words of one of its spokespeople, Bryan Fischer:

Of course it's not surprising that the Family Research Council has a warped view of morality, seeing that the organization itself isn't exactly the bastion of morality it claims to be.

I think it's safe to say that the Family Research Council defending the AFA against charges of barbarism is akin to Freddy Krueger defending Jason Voorhees against charges of being bloodthirsty.

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Rep. Allen West's wife makes him look like a homophobic hypocrite and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Rep. Allen West's Wife Joins Husband In Attacking Gays - Seems to me that you don't talk about how your husband loves his gay relative who serves in the military in response to the pushback of comments he made about how gays will hurt the military. In her attempt to defend her husband, Rep. West's wife makes him look like a hypocrite and makes herself look like a clueless so-and-so.

The animus fueling NY's 'Let The People Vote' team: Gays seek to 'soothe troubled conscience', push 'sexual deviancy' - Apparently NOM's allies believe that if you "love" someone, you call them "sexual deviant."

Top Five Homophobic Statements From Boehner’s DOMA Briefs - Oh this is going to be an interesting case. I am keeping an eye out for Clement's "proof."

Journalists Must Stop ‘Rightwashing’ Reality - I love that term "rightwashing." I am going to use it more.

Perkins Will Lead The Response In Prayer - May my life not become so bad that I need the leader of an anti-gay hate group to pray for me. 

Did Koch Group Team Up With Religious Right to Suppress Wisconsin Vote? - Is a pea green? Could James Brown get down?

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Family Research Council shows hypocrisy with attack on Biden

No matter what the subject is, one can always count on the Family Research Council to show itself as a hypocritical organization.

In this case, it is the recent controversy involving the debt ceiling. The following came from an FRC email:

It was the deficit of diplomacy in the Vice President's office that did. Yesterday, during a closed door meeting with Democrats, Biden (who is no stranger to public embarrassment) reportedly accused the Tea Party of acting "like terrorists" in the debt debate.

 . . . For months, liberals have been using labels to marginalize groups that threaten their radical agenda. This unfortunate incident is just an extension of that "define and destroy" mentality. As FRC witnessed first-hand, the Left will try to silence anyone it deems effective. After last November, liberals are desperate to marginalize the Tea Party like they tried to marginalize FRC by calling us a "hate group." While the tactic may snag headlines, it won't win elections. In fact, this is exactly the kind of elementary school name-calling that the public is fed up with. It's the kind of discourse, as pointed out in this week's Pew poll, that Americans find "ridiculous," "disgusting," "stupid," and "lousy."

First of all, for FRC is criticize Biden for comparing the Republicans to terrorist is the height of irony seeing that FRC head Tony Perkins compared the gay community to terrorists in April. He did this in response to the law firm King & Spalding dropping its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act:

This has moved from cultural terrorism to corporate terrorism. That's what this is. Now, back in the 80's and early 90's I worked with the state department in anti-terrorism and we trained about fifty different countries in defending against terrorism, and it's, at its base, what terrorism is, it's a strike against the general populace simply to spread fear and intimidation so that they can disrupt and destabilize the system of government. That's what the homosexuals are doing here to the legal system.

And now the Pew Research Group can count themselves as one of the groups whose work has been distorted by religious right groups like FRC.

The statement by FRC: It's the kind of discourse, as pointed out in this week's Pew poll, that Americans find "ridiculous," "disgusting," "stupid," and "lousy. is inaccurate.

According to the study,  the responses had to do with how the public felt about the budget negotiations as a whole.

Also, I found it hilarious that yet again FRC took the time to make yet another attempted swipe at the Southern Poverty Law Center for designating it as a hate group while at the same time engaging in the slight of hand distortions and propaganda techniques which led SPLC to give it that designation in the first place.

Apparently FRC seems to think that it owns the exclusive rights to not only the words "values," "morality," and "family," but also to the word "terrorists."

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