|FRC's Tony Perkins|
The Family Research Council is attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center again.
Ever since SPLC named
FRC as an anti-gay hate group for consistenly and deliberately launching inaccurate attacks against the lgbt community
, FRC has been taking potshots at the organization. From accusing the group of attempting to taint the military against Christians to falsely
linking the group to an awful near massacre at FRC headquarters (in which a deranged young man
, Floyd Corkins, attempted to force his way in, shoot FRC employees, and stuff Chick-Fil-A sandwiches down their throats), FRC has been practically itching to seek some sort of retribution against SPLC.
And every time the organization attacks SPLC, it gives SPLC's supporters (and yes you can include me in that group) an opportunity to publicly prove
the fact that FRC is in fact an anti-gay hate group
This is the latest attack from FRC:
They say you can't buy love, but that won't stop SPLC from trying!
Money may be no object for the anti-Christian group, but mainstream
support certainly is. Facing growing scrutiny for their tainted and
biased "research" from the military to the media,
Southern Poverty Law Center is resorting to bribing teachers to force
their agenda into the public schools where unsuspecting children reside. In Hawaii, eyebrows shot up at the news
that SPLC was giving teachers a $250 kickback just for attending a
local training session on "Teaching Tolerance." The cash incentive
struck a lot of people as odd, including state Representative Bob
McDermott. In academia, where educators are used to paying for
trainings -- not profiting from them -- McDermott thought something
smelled fishy with SPLC's offer. In a letter to Hawaii State Department
of Education District Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, he asked the
office to put the brakes on the session. Matayoshi refused and instead
gave the department's blessing to the workshop, which SPLC held the
first weekend of March.
That's FRC's sordid rendition of the story. However, a more objective piece from the Hawaii Reporter
reveals that the claim of "paying teachers to attend the program" is merely a cover for yet another attack on the lgbt community:
The “agenda” of the program concerns McDermott, because he said
there's obvious “social engineering,” including a “disproportionate
focus on normalizing homosexuality,” while also trying to discredit
Christian beliefs. “The theme of this curriculum is so called ‘anti-bias’ unless, of
course, you are a person of faith. One example is the following:
‘Patrick is being raised in a very strict and exclusionary
fundamentalist Christian home…’. If that is not biased I do not know
what is,” McDemott said.
And there is the rub. From the FRC:
Digging deeper into SPLC's materials, the state rep was outraged to see
that almost 25% of the example scenarios "deal with gay acceptance."
"Why is the gay population -- which is no more than 4% of the general
population -- consistently disproportionately represented in these new
And yet another portion of the article - courtesy of the Hawaii Reporter
- which FRC omitted in its hysterical article:
Maureen Costello, director of the Teaching Tolerance program, said the
organization works around the country with various school districts
within the guidelines of the school districts, either by donating to the
schools or paying a small stipend to teachers who help improve the
pilot program and Hawaii did in fact approve teachers to receive
. . . "There is real tension around the LGBT issues and some faith based
people. We work to find common ground. Every parent wants their child to
feel safe and accepted at school. We want everyone to get along even if
they do not share the same values," Costello said.
Costello said the pilot program is still being revised and Hawaii
teachers across the state are having input into the final product. Some
teachers have told the law center that they believe more information on
native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders should be included, and the law
center is working to incorporate that suggestion, she said. Costello
also offered to meet with McDermott or his staff via Skype to give them
access to the full curriculum and to review it with them.
One wonders if McDermott will take Costello up on the offer. I think he should. I also think he should leave FRC by the wayside because it's obvious that the organization is using him to not only unfairly attack the lgbt community (the main reason why SPLC declared it to be a hate group) but also to make inaccurate statements about SPLC, such as the following:
. . . it's a program that may be coming to a school district near you.
According to Costello, SPLC has been dangling money in front of
educators -- and schools -- for the opportunity to teach the kind of
"tolerance" that motivates people to bring guns into office buildings
and shoot innocent people.
Whatever the case may be, it's not farfetched to say that FRC doesn't give a damn about the safety of Hawaiian students. Nor does the organization care about anything else but "settling the score" against SPLC.
Perhaps FRC should school itself on what the Bible says about revenge, especially if said revenge is against a justifiable action.
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