Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The top 12 lies of Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council

Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council published a piece in The Washington Post spouting his usual brand of anti-gay distortions.

And he was lambasted from all corners. From Box Turtle Bulletin, to Pam's House Blend, to Media Matters. Even those responding to his post pointed out Perkins's deceptive tactics of half-citing studies and relying on bad research.

Since I was ill yesterday, I missed the fun and games. It made me feel like Walter Payton finally making it to the Superbowl and not being able to score a touchdown.

But what happened yesterday was an unfortunate rare occurrence - a religious right figure caught red-handed publicly lying and called out for it. That's a problem to me. Why does it happen so rarely?

What Perkins tried to do yesterday was not an anomaly. It happens all of the time. In their talking points, on their web pages, and even in their so-called research papers (usually done by one of their phony experts), religious right groups distort legitimate science or rely on junk science to create a false image of the lgbt community.

And every time they do it, they need to be called on it. And someone needs to be keeping score.
So in that spirit, allow me to present past posts illustrating this point:

September 15,2010 - Perkins and the right-wing LifeSiteNews mischaracterize a study to make a claim that domestic violence happens at a high level in lgbt relationships.

August 13, 2010 - FRC employee Peter Sprigg claims that openly gay Obama appointee David Hansell will cut funds from states that don't allow gay adoption. Sprigg claims that "private sources" told him so. Strangely enough, original article where Sprigg made this claim, the right-wing  was pulled.

July 29, 2010 - The Family Research Council distorts the words of AIDS researcher Ronald Stall to make the case against the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act.)

July 6, 2010 - Sprigg pushes a pamphlet,The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality,which not only repeats discredited anti-lgbt accuracies but exposes a bit of trickery on Sprigg's part. He cites only part of pro-lgbt information which talks about diseases and negative behaviors but omits the information which talks about how homophobia plays a part in these diseases and negative behaviors.

May 10, 2010 -  The Family Research Council distorts the words of President Obama's director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management John Berry.

April 16, 2010 - Tony Perkins makes a false accusation that homosexuality and pedophilia are connected by using a Netherlands study which doesn't even prove his point.

January 7, 2010 - The Family Research Council exploits the presidential appointment of transgender Amanda Simpson to call ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) a "Crossdresser Protection Bill."

November 23, 2009
- The Family Research Council was caught distorting Congresswoman Diana DeGette's words to make her seem like she was espousing religious bigotry.

November 18, 2009 - The Family Research Council spliced footage of then EEOC nominee Chai Feldblum to make the case against Obama choosing her.

October 27, 2009
- In an attack on lgbt seniors, the Family Research Council echoes the phony belief of Paul Cameron that lgbts don't live long enough to become elderly.

October 01, 2009 - In Congressional testimony, Perkins practices the "sin of omission" in his testimony against ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act).

May 20, 2009 - The Family Research Council pushes a fraudulent study, Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples. It's a bad study specifically because uses outdated work and compares married United States couples to unmarried gay couples in casual relationships from other parts of the world

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Anonymous said...

The list of 10 commandments Tony works from has "don't bear false witness" replaced with "pile it on the homos". How can these guys knowingly spin lies again and again? I really think the anti-gay movement must full of "Dr. Reker's" who are lying to themselves every day. Their very identity is based on lying.

Unknown said...

The secret Ultimate Commandment (that isn't written down anywhere in any Bible) is "STOP TEH GAY!" All other commandments, laws, rules, edicts, tenets, or restrictions are temporarily on hold when one is trying to "STOP TEH GAY!"
See, when they get to heaven, super evangelical christians will be asked if they "STOPPED TEH GAY" and then asked "HOW MANY TIMES?" However many times they've stopped the gay in their lifetime will be the number of times a month they get to ride the Ferris wheel with Jesus. There is cake, too.

It's the only explanation that makes sense.

Anonymous said...

@Jason D ...I think you nailed it! And thank you for the laugh this morning.