Thursday, July 25, 2013

SPLC Report: Religious right groups attacking gays in foreign countries

This is not good:

As LGBT people continue making strides toward equality in the United States, hard-line U.S. religious-right groups that have spent decades demonizing them are focusing their attention – and propaganda – on a legal battle over the criminalization of LGBT sex in Belize, the outcome of which could affect criminal statutes in as many as a dozen other Caribbean countries, according to a SPLC report released today.

Dangerous Liaisons: The American Religious Right & the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Belize examines how these groups are working in countries where anti-gay attitudes are strong and violence against the LGBT community is common. Several prominent groups have descended on the tiny Central American country of Belize to prevent Section 53, a statute criminalizing gay sex, from being struck down in court. Their efforts already have intensified anti-LGBT attitudes in the country, where the plaintiff in the case has been threatened and physically assaulted.

“Many of these American religious-right groups know they have lost the battle against LGBT rights in the United States, and they’re now aiding and abetting anti-LGBT forces in countries where anti-gay violence is prevalent,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. “These groups are pouring fuel on an exceedingly volatile fire.”

You can read the entire report here.


Anonymous said...

Does the U.S. tax code allow deductions for political activities in foreign countries? Set the IRS on them. In Canada charities are not allowed to engage in political activities. As an aside our current gov is using that to defund progressive groups they don't like as well as environmental orgs.

BJ Jackson Lincoln said...

They are like cockroaches. If you clean and spray, they will just move on to the next available place to eat and breed. I don't have a clue how to stop them. They honestly believe the lies and think violence and imprisonment is going to fix it. Scott Lively is the Queen cockroach.