|Reading and sharing information like this about hate group Alliance Defending Freedom is vital for the LGBTQ community to win this so-called culture war.|
The LGBTQ community will never make any definitive steps in attaining equality unless we publicly acknowledge to that there is a deliberate effort to undermine our safety and dignity as American citizens. And this effort is being undertaken by several religious right groups with deep pockets and very little scruples for being honest.
Our battle is not with religious beliefs in general nor ordinary individuals. Our battles are with groups and personalities who work diligently undermine our equality. Enough pussyfooting. Enough nonsensical discussions about Gays vs. Christianity. That was never the argument.
It was always:
Gays vs. The Family Research Council
Gays vs. the American Family Assocation
Gays vs. the Liberty Counsel.
Gays vs. the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Gays vs. every group, organization, paid personality, pundit, and talking head who claimS to be "pro-family," "pro-Christian," or "pro-morality."
For over 11 years, I have, via this blog, one failed self-published book, and one online booklet, tried to expose these folks myself in my own inimitable fashion AND get our community and our leadership to step up in calling these folks out.
I've succeeded a lot in the former more than I have in the latter. But I am also glad to note that I have not been alone. Other blogs, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and organizations such as Media Matters did a lot to focus on this situation. And granted, it may not be as popular as internal arguments, cute little academic terms and esoteric language, and other ways some of us in the LGBTQ community have wasted time, this work is very necessary.
And that's why I am thrilled at the new project published by Media Matters.
An interactive research book on the anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom
“The extremism of anti-LGBTQ powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom” is an interactive research book outlining the anti-LGBTQ positions of the influential legal powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). These positions were identified through extensive review of public statements by ADF and its representatives, reports on the group's legal and political activities, and publicly available materials created by the group. Information regarding significant portions of ADF's legal and political advocacy work is not publicly available; the group may hold additional positions or engage in additional activity that it refrains from commenting on publicly.
The following below is a smaller facsimile of the report:
The extremism of anti-LGBTQ powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom by Media Matters for America on Scribd
Read about the many ways ADF denigrates the LGBTQ community and attacks out families including how it:
Has historically supported the criminalization of sodomy
Has supported laws that would punish sodomy by imprisonment
Has supported Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law
Opposes LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes protections
Defended “don’t ask, don’t tell”
Supports policies and bills that would ban transgender people, particularly students, from using the restrooms that align with their gender identity
Touts bathroom predator myth
Spreads myths and junk science about transgender children
Spreads myths about LGBTQ parenting, such as that having same-sex parents is not good for children
Advocates against adoption and foster care by LGBTQ people
Opposes LGBTQ-inclusive curriculums and claims schools indoctrinate students into homosexuality
Opposes anti-bullying policies that protect LGBTQ youth
Has defended anti-LGBTQ teachers
Has compared LGBTQ people to pedophiles and said gay people are more likely to engage in child abuse
Has stated that being LGBTQ is harmful to children and society
Has compared LGBTQ people and advocates to Nazis
An attribute of the religious right is that when they receive information of this caliber, they are quick to read and spread it around. The difference between this and their information - as well as an asset to us - is that this information is accurate. It just needs more eyes to see it and more people to read it.
There is and always have been a detailed plan to rip away LGBTQ rights and equality. This is not a matter of people "tolerating" each other or learning to live together in spite of their differences. There is a deliberate plan undertaken by certain parties and organizations to strip away from us what we have thus far earned and to keep full equality away from our hands.
Reading this booklet, downloading it, and sharing it is a must. It's a huge step to our combating this plan.