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A wolf in acrylic sheeps clothing is still a WOLF!

November 23, 2010
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When [Chris Love] sees bigots like Maggie Gallagher of NOM and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council being given airtime on supposedly legitimate networks like CNN, I can’t help but feel that the network is just giving them a platform to spew their vile, anti-gay hatred to a broad audience. It just doesn’t seem right to me.

And that’s why I was thrilled when I saw Dan Savage take on CNN during an interview today on exactly this issue.

The segment started off with CNN host Kyra Phillips (who has her own controversial history when it comes to gay issues) reporting some horrifying (but, sadly, not surprising) statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center (which just added 13 groups, including the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, to its list of anti-gay hate groups). The statistics show that a gay person is twice as likely to be the victim of a violent hate crime than an African American, four times more likely than a Muslim, and fourteen times more likely than a Latino. She then skipped to some It Gets Better videos and introduced Dan Savage to respond to the statistics, claiming that “we [CNN] are just astounded by these numbers.”

There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights. Right now one side is really using dehumanizing rhetoric. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups as hate groups and yet the leaders of these groups, people like Tony Perkins, are welcomed onto networks like CNN to espouse hate directed at gays and lesbians. And similarly hateful people who are targeting Jews or people of color or anyone else would not be welcome to spew their bile on CNN.- Tony Savage

via Daily Kos: Dan Savage Pwns CNN:  Stop Giving Platform to Anti-Gay Bigots.

Tony and Chris both made great points in their media.  Why is it that Hate groups are allowed the opportunity over and over again to counter point what in any other situation is completely unacceptable?  Perhaps it’s their ability to market.  Unlike atypical hate groups who randomly receive attention, these groups hide behind white shirts, conservative ties (and in utah cheap Mr. Mac suits).  I think if they showed up with shaved heads, prison tatoo’s, or dare say plain robes of white, the media and the public wouldn’t take them as seriously.  A wolf  in acrylic sheeps clothing is still a WOLF!

It’s time the media stopped giving attention to the school yard bully.

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