Tuesday, November 12, 2013

American Family Association's version of Christianity includes not correcting articles on Benghazi

Via it's supposed news site, One News Now, the American Family Association implies that it presents news from a "Christian point of view."

This of course means heavy on the anti-gay articles, as well as articles bashing Obama and featuring false claims of anti-Christian persecution.

But in its zeal, One News Now misses the irony of what it covers via its headlines. There are several stories talking about how Christians are being attacked and not allowed to express their faith without reprisal in this country:

In NY: Saying no to 'gay wedding' puts your business at risk 

Chaplains withdraw from, sue training program over alleged harassment 

 AFA honors vets, concerned over their religious liberty Persecution of Christians should concern all faiths

 It's rather telling that the headlines of the above article appear on the same page as the following:

 Florida community pushes back against Islam in school textbook 

In other words, let's not attack the Christians when the Muslims will do just nicely.

But nowhere is AFA's strange idea of "Christian point of view more evident than in its reporting of the latest Benghazi controversy.

For the edification of those who are not aware, 60 Minutes came out with a "shocking" new report regarding the Benghazi controversy which has plagued the Obama Administration. Supposedly the report poses new questions as to the Obama Administration's claims about the tragedy. That is until 60 Minutes was forced to backtrack last week because it turns out its source told huge lies about where he was on that awful night. The investigative reporter, Lara Logan, apologized and acknowledged that the source was not truthful. The article featuring this report has been pulled from CBS's webpage.

This new revelation has cast a serious pall over 60 Minutes' credibility everywhere, except on One News Now. AFA's news site continues to feature two articles published before the new revelations:

 Judicial Watch: '60 Minutes' stripped away lies about Benghazi attack  

Maginnis: Report on Benghazi attack proves Obama critics were right 

As of now, One News Now has yet to post any articles acknowledging the new revelations about the 60 Minutes Benghazi report.

And don't even bother to type in a correction on the comments section of the two articles above because both sections have been closed meaning you can't make a comment.

Now we all know that Jesus didn't say a word about homosexuality, but someone should inform One News Now and the AFA what He said about lying and bearing false witness.

'DO NOT follow Pat Robertson's advice about what to ask gay son' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Dear parents, if your son comes to you with the news that he is gay, do not - and I repeat - DO NOT do what Pat Robertson advises you to do in this clip:

 In other news: 

 Conservative Coalition: Repeal of California Transgender Student Rights Law Will Qualify for Ballot - Ugh. Prop 8 redux with some of the same nauseating players.

New Jersey Judge Upholds Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy For Minors - Sweet!! Good news out of New Jersey. 

TWO Launches New Website To Educate About Science and Sexual Orientation - As always, one of my mentors, Wayne Besen, and the folks of Truth Wins Out are ahead of the curve.  

NOM Sure Has A Lot Of Politicians to Hold Accountable - NOM loses again. Answers back with empty threats.

Anti-gay 'news site' now pushing bogus book on 'black mob violence'

According to the American Family Association's One News Now,  folks should not only fear "transgender teachers" or "anti-Christian persecution in the military" but also the supposed "epidemic of black-on-white mob violence."

Colin Flaherty, author of White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, contends there is an epidemic of black-on-white mob violence across the nation that the media not only condones, but denies.

"Black mob violence exists exponentially out of proportion and the press is ignoring, condoning, denying it – so I document that with videos and links," he tells OneNewsNow. "I don't do causes; I don't do solutions; I also don't do apologies. My message is simple: it's happening."

Syndicated black columnist Thomas Sowell says of the book: "Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities."

White Girl Bleed a Lot documents more than 500 examples of recent black mob violence. But in an article for PJMedia, Flaherty writes that "the same reporters who dutifully produce stories about black caucuses, black churches, black colleges, and other race-based institutions suddenly become color-blind" 

Sounds like a book custom-made to exploit the racist beliefs and fears of white individuals who call themselves Christians, no doubt a vast majority of One News Now's audience. However, because Flaherty's book and his claims - he seems to write a lot about the supposed "epidemic" of "black mob violence" - generally fly under the radar,  they have not been scrutinized as they should be.

Luckily, writer Alex Pareene of Salon has been keeping an eye on Flaherty and his claims. In a post from last year, he points out the many discrepancies in Flaherty's book:

So, this Flaherty guy is pretty sure that there’s a black crime wave going on, and also that there is a conspiracy — by the media and the police — to cover up this crime wave by not always pointing out when the perpetrators of crimes are black. His evidence? YouTube clips and newspaper comment sections, mostly. The book seems to be a collection of literally every single crime Flaherty could find, over the last few years, involving black perpetrators and white victims (though some involve incidents where the victims were black, and in many incidents the “victim” was property owned by white people), plus a lot of material on roving, rampaging gangs of black teenagers.

 . . . If you look for every example of crimes committed by black people in every American city over the last three to five years, you’ll find enough examples to make it sound like a lot of crime, because America is a violent country with a lot of crime, a lot of poverty and a lot of impoverished minority neighborhoods located conveniently close to much wealthier white neighborhoods (and business districts where everything is also owned by white people).

But this epidemic of racial crime isn’t an epidemic. It’s barely a blip. According to the FBI, there were 575 crimes motivated by anti-white bias in 2010, nationwide. There were 545 anti-white crimes in 2009 and 716 in 2008. There were more than 2,000 crimes motivated by anti-black bias in each one of those years. Of course, the book insinuates that all black-on-white crime is racially motivated, but even by that standard things are looking pretty rosy in America right now.

The violent crime rate has been plummeting since its peak in the early 1990s, which now looks like the crest of one of America’s periodic (and slightly mysterious) waves of violent crime. (In the long term, the homicide rate has been steadily falling for hundreds of years. We are genuinely much more civilized now than we used to be.) Back when this country actually had race riots, and not just large gangs of kids briefly fighting and scaring white people on summer nights, there were … actual race riots, motivated by racial tensions. It’s absurd to imagine a secret pandemic of black-on-white violence motivated by anti-white racism that the media and all of our law enforcement agencies conspire to keep secret for reasons of political correctness. There would have to be hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of crimes that no one is reporting in order for the current violent crime rate to come close to matching what it was a generation ago. There can’t be an epidemic of black crime that coincides with the least amount of total crime in America since the 1960s.

The point, of course, isn’t to make an argument supported by statistics. It’s to marshal all available anecdotal data to support the paranoid white conservatives’ gut feeling that this country is on the brink of Charlie Manson’s Helter Skelter.

The  question has to be asked just what was One News Now's motivation in running an article, one-sided of course, on Flaherty's claim - a claim which serves to demonize African-Americans. It should send a warning to the black community to not distance itself from the lgbt community.

From the American Family Association's perspective, blacks and gays are in the same boat and the organization is swiftly attempting to drill holes in the bottom of that boat.