Thursday, August 16, 2012

Family Research Council exploits shooting to cover up its homophobia

Just as I thought he would, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins has exploited the shooting at the organization's headquarters to attack the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Perkins claims that FRC is merely defending the family. Let's see how FRC defends the family:

If this isn't enough for you, then consider the following statements and actions by Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council:

- Says many gays have an "emptiness within them" (:55) because they are "operating outside of nature" (1:09)

- Says that gay young people “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict; homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal.

- Despite what health experts have said, insists that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem.”

- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that erroneously depicts gay men and lesbians as physically and mentally ill pedophiles who can be cured.

- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that begins by likening the logic behind same-sex marriage to the logic behind man-horse marriage (complete with horse graphic)

- Compares gay people to terrorists (at 0:31 mark): “[B]ack in the 80s and early 90s, I worked with the State Department in anti-terrorism and we trained about 50 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.”

- “The truth is that we cannot redefine marriage without opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil.

- Called the It Gets Better project "disgusting," claiming it tells children "that it's okay to be immoral" and constitutes a "concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle."

If Megyn Kelly was any type of true journalist, she would have asked about these things. But we all know that her aim was not to gain truth or start discussion but to give alibis.

The Southern Poverty Law Center called the Family Research Council a hate group because the organization spreads lies and propaganda about the gay community.

 The Family Research Council also deliberately distorts science and legitimate research in its further aim to demonize gays.

SPLC had absolutely nothing to do with the shooting. It's ugly to point this out but I think that Perkins and FRC are exploiting the situation to gain points.

Certainly no one is advocating violence and no one condones what that young man did, but it would be a huge mistake to allow Perkins and the Family Research Council to exploit this near tragedy to get some type of exoneration for its history of propaganda and lies against the gay community.

It's not right and it's not Christian. And no matter how many times Perkins tries to cover up on friendly interviews on Fox News, nothing will change this fact.

Related posts:  16 reasons why the Family Research Council is a hate group

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kimswritingagain said...

Excellent, timely documentation, Alvin. Well done!

Gregory Peterson said...

I hope the guard is recovering well. Give him a raise.

The dehumanizing of Gay people is hardly confined to the FRC, alas. I had just posted this snarky faux news bit to my Facebook page.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this important breaking news!

Homosexuals are not carbon based life forms. I repeat, homosexuals are not carbon based life forms, and are incapable of marriage and raising human children!

We take you know to Professor Seana Sugrue, of Ave Marie University in Ave Marie Florida, who made this momentous discovery. Professor Sugrue…

“The obligations of parenthood are onerous and are felt to be especially so by (entities such as homosexuals) who demand self-gratification. Furthermore, lacking roots in biology, in tradition, in a sense of duty, (homosexual) marriage is not sufficiently resilient to fend off the vicissitudes which the ordinary and extraordinary demands of life place upon all of us….”

If I may break in with a question, Professor…

Of course.

Please tell me that you’re not tenured… Don’t answer. We take you back, with our deepest apologies, to your regularly scheduled program.

Part 4: My impression of the essay: "Soft Despotism and Same Sex Marriage" by Seana Sugrue. From a Witherspoon Institute book, "The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals” by by Robert P. George & Jean Bethke Elshtain, editors. 2006.

Linnea said...

Well said, Alvin. I can't believe the number of people out there who can't tell the difference between attacks based on lies and propaganda, and valid criticism based on careful, fact-based research. You should see some of the nasty comments that have cropped up on SPLC's FB page since yesterday!

I hate what the FRC stands for, but my prayers go out to the guard who was hurt.

Daniel said...

You hit the nail on the head. I think perkins is not a Christian. He's an opportunist and a bigot who poses as Christian to forward his agenda of hate.

gay idahoan said...

to hell with your homo-pedi conection, not true..............