Thursday, September 20, 2012

FRC's Tony Perkins should keep talking about the 'hate group' label

The way Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is milking that shooting at his organization's headquarters, pretty soon those who are gripped more by paranoia than good sense are going to start to believe that FRC itself was actually behind it.

Ever since the awful incident, Perkins has been exploiting it to attack the Southern Poverty Law Center as supposedly the reason why that demented young man tried to shoot down FRC employees.

Perkins' latest bit of nonsense comes at the right place for such trash, Fox News' online site. The following is a snippet:

 . . . a gay-rights activist entered the building of our organization, Family Research Council (FRC), where he told our operations manager that he objected to our politics and opened fire with a handgun. Our political beliefs reflect our Christian faith. This comes in the context of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designating FRC a “certified hate group” because of our biblically-based beliefs regarding marriage and human sexuality. We encourage love and respect for all people including those seeking to redefine marriage, and we have made clear we abhor and reject all violence directed against anyone for their sexual behavior.

 . . . This war of words launched by the SPLC as cover for its allied organizations on the left has led to an open assault upon those with whom they disagree. This type of demonizing must stop. FRC’s belief in marriage has prevailed in 32 states where the voters have spoken, is the official position of the Republican Party, and until three months ago was Mr. Obama’s position. If the religious foundation of our convictions makes us a “hate group,” then every other Christian ministry or historically orthodox church could be likewise designated. SPLC’s tactics are intended to intimidate and ultimately silence. Nothing could be more threatening to the future of our republic.

So now FRC is labeling that young man as a "gay rights activist," which is a deliberate attempt to connect his deplorable actions to the gay community at large.

But more importantly - and I don't want to sound gleeful here - Perkins continues to mess himself up. As has been stated numerous times, SPLC did not label FRC as a hate group because of the organization's supposed Christian beliefs or because it does not agree with marriage equality.

FRC is a hate group because it deliberately demonizes and spreads untrue propaganda about gays in order to create an image that the gay community is a detrimental harm to American society.  The way Perkins is messing himself up is thusly - every time he comes out in public with his lies, every time he speaks or publishes an op-ed which misstates the truth about FRC's hate group designation, enterprising bloggers (like yours truly)  produces footage which exposes him to be a liar, like such:

So as much as I hate to say this, keep talking, Tony. And we will keep pumping out the videos.

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