Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sorry, Family Research Council & Alliance Defending Freedom, but you are both hate groups. Own it

The Family Research Council is angry about the controversy with Jeff Sessions and has taken to bashing the Southern Poverty Law Center over the hate group designation it and other religious right groups have been given.  It's all a bunch of tripe, but take a look at this last sentence from FRC's whine fest:

After eight years of an all-out war against men and women of faith -- led in part by Obama’s Justice Department -- the attorney general’s willingness to talk openly about issues like religious freedom is refreshing. As ADF and Trump’s DOJ have made clear: “We all condemn manifestations of true hate.” But believing what the Bible says about marriage, sexuality, and gender isn’t hate -- no matter what SPLC’s apologists say.

No matter how many times SPLC has made it clear that it does not give out "hate group" designations because of religious beliefs, the Family Research Council will continuously claim that this is the reason why it is being called a hate group. That in itself is a lie. Let's go over this again, because I love doing it.

SPLC has said:

 . . .  The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident LGBT rights movement. One of those has been defamation. Many of its leaders have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and "convert" them to gay sex. They have disseminated disparaging "facts" about gays that are simply untrue — assertions that are remarkably reminiscent of the way white intellectuals and scientists once wrote about the "bestial" black man and his supposedly threatening sexuality.

SPLC has also said:

Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.

As long as FRC clings to the mantle of "these are our religious beliefs, the organizations and others like it can pretty much fool so many naive folks (and a very lazy Beltway media) that they are being attacked for their religious beliefs. This is a deliberate deception on the part of FRC as the video below prove:

And while I'm at it, I haven't forgotten about the hate group in the middle of the Jeff Sessions controversy, the Alliance Defending Freedom

It doesn't matter how you disguise your motives, FRC and ADF.

Today, it's supposedly protecting Christians. Another time you claim you are protecting children and women. Or you claim you were protecting marriage. It  doesn't matter who or what you claim to be protecting because it all comes down to the same thing. Your goal of religious liberty is all about legalizing discrimination against us. Your goal of making the military more battle ready is all about keeping  us out. Your goal of making sure that children have decent homes to live is all about barring us from adopting and fostering.  Your goal of making marriages stronger is all about making sure our relationships have no legal protection. Your goal of safety is all about making it difficult for transgender women and men to tend to even their smallest needs, such as using the restroom or shower

The end result of pretty much every goal you want to accomplish conveniently ends up making the lives of the LGBTQ community more difficult, both physically and psychologically.

Why is that if not for your hatred of us?

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