Tuesday, May 01, 2018

2011 Flashback - 16 Reasons Why the Family Research Council is a Hate Group

Barring any changes, due to real world events, there will be no midday news briefs Wednesday. With that in mind, I decided to pull a post out of the archives which is very pertinent to current events. In 2011, I wrote '16 Reasons Why The Family Research Council is a Hate Group ' and since that time, many reasons can be added. However, these reasons (from falsely accusing GLSEN of exposing children to explicit sexual material to comparing gay men to pedophiles to time and time again distorting credible studies to denigrate the LGBTQ community) are sufficient enough to make my point of just how dangerous FRC is to the equality and safety of the LGBTQ community. Particularly when one takes into account that due to Trump, the  group currently has a more influential hand to create policy than it did in 2011.

August 15, 2011 - GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) issues a cease-and-desist letter against the Family Research Council demanding that the organization remove video falsely accusing GLSEN of distributing an explicit safe-sex guide to children. FRC subsequently changed the video, tacitly admitting that it was pushing a falsehood against GLSEN.

June 13, 2011 - Two years after claiming to remove "studies" from its website because they contained "outdated material," FRC sneaks the studies back on its website. One of the studies includes citations to the work of Paul Cameron, a highly discredited research.

February 28, 2011
 - In order to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), FRC distorts research in order to compare gay men to pedophiles.

February 16, 2011 - FRC spokesman Peter Sprigg makes the claim that same-sex households are inferior to two-parent heterosexual households by using studies which have nothing to do with same-sex households. Sprigg, by the way, has earlier voiced opinions that gays should be exported out of the United States:

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 -  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 CNSNews.com  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 woman 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 it uses outdated work and compares married United States couples to unmarried gay couples in casual relationships from other parts of the world.

I think a verse from the Bible would best describe Perkins and the Family Research Council:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. - Isaiah 5:20

Editor's note - You can read the links to these entries by clicking on the dates.

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