Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Family Research Council recycling tacky Prop 8 video

Via Joe Jervis, I just saw an online video from the Family Research Council talking about the "terrible, horrible, downright no-good thing"s that would happen to families and children should a California law, SB48, not be repealed.

SB48 is a law requiring schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons. It also prevents the State Board of Education from adopting instructional materials that discriminate.

But according to FRC, schools would be "forced" to talk about same-sex households. Of course scholls are already talking about same-sex households because children who live in these households attend public schools and I'm sure that they talk about their families. But watch the video:

Did you notice something strange? You probably didn't . . . unless you watched the video the Family Research Council ran in efforts to pass Prop 8 in 2008:

Pretty much the same lies - i.e. "schools will forced to talk about same-sex parents." There are so many things to note about these two videos:

1. For a group which claims to be focused about "the family," the Family Research Council goes out of its way to dismiss the existence of same-sex families. Why is that? That's a question someone should ask FRC head Tony Perkins the next time he shows his face on a news program.

2. The star in both of these videos, David Parker, is an unmitigated liar. I've covered what happened in his situation so many times. Long story short (check out this link for the entire story) - the incident of him being arrested seemed to have been planned and propagated by him and Mass Resistance, a Massachusetts anti-gay group which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. And while Parker and his wife are quick to cry and whine in the video as if they are victims, they conveniently omitted the false charge they made against the school district that Parker's son was assaulted because of his father's stance against same-sex families. Parker and the other family in the videos, the Wirthlins sued the school district and lost at every turn, including the Supreme Court, thereby validating the fact that there is nothing wrong with schools talking about same-sex families.

3. Last, but not least, isn't it just TACKY for FRC to recycle the pro-Prop 8 video footage in an attempt to stop SB48? In the Prop 8 video FRC was saying if same-sex couples are allowed to be married, schools will be "forced to talk about same-sex families." Now they are saying if schools teach about the contributions of gays and lesbians throughout history, they will also be "forced to talk about same-sex families."

Since children in same-sex families are already attending America's schools and therefore students are  already talking about the issue, why don't FRC push legislation banning the children of same-sex families from attending public schools?

Seems to me that if FRC don't want schools to acknowledge that same-sex families exist, why not take it all the way and keep their children from attending public schools?

Then again, I had better hush. I don't want to give Perkins and company any ideas.

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1 comment:

JesterKatz said...

God these videos so need the MST3K treatment.

But for your questions, I believe that, in actually making any efforts to say deny children of same-sex families into schools, Tony is inadvertently admitting that such families do exist. After all, it's strange to deny rights to someone that doesn't exist.

Though as I think about it, it's also possible that Tony doesn't consciously acknowledge the children of same-sex families. I.e., as the same old song goes, "gays can't reproduce!" So his ignorance may not be on purpose.

Incidentally, I've noticed at the end of the SB 48 video that Tony encourages petition for signatures from "...family, friends, and your fellow church members..."
Apparently it's not just the children of SSF Tony ignores, he just out right ignored any non-theistic. I dunno about you, but If Tony's trying to argue that homosexuality is a secular issue rather then a religious one, he's doing a shitty job of it.