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Family Research Council Tries to ‘Change the Conversation’ to Avoid the Real Issue: FRC is a Hate Group

December 17, 2010

The Family Research Council, upset at their newest award (Hate Group) presented by the Southern Poverty Law Center provides proof why SPLC was right to designate them as a Hate Group.   As always FRC tries to ‘change the conversation’.  They tried to change the conversation and make it look like the SPLC targeted them for being a ‘Judeo-Christian’ organization which stood behind their ‘faith’.  Infact, that’s not the case at all.   The SPLC is quite clear in what is necessary to earn such a designation.   Primarily the propogation of known falsehoods (ie quoting ‘official sounding’ studies which are complete falsehoods) and repeated groundless name calling.   Tony Perkin’s of the FRC was recently caught in such an incident:

The FRC to further cloud the issue called in it’s big guns… Representatives, Public figures, Political leaders to back the validity of the FRC.  All of which sounds impressive until you begin to look more closely at the ‘Who’s Who’ list of FRC supporters.  For example,  Jim DeMint (Mr. Pregnant women and Gays shouldn’t be allowed to teach) is listed as a Congressional Representative and known freak Mike Huckabee.  In effect, FRC builds a house of cards, layer upon layer of supporters spewing falsehoods (orally and through baseless claims and studies), which layered upon each other with questionable credentials creates an appearance of credibility.   Here’s the agreement folks have committed to:

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Family Research Council, American Family Association, Concerned Women of America, National Organization for Marriage, Liberty Counsel and other pro-family organizations that are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family. We support the vigorous but responsible exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty that are the birthright of all Americans.

Even more incredible is the FRC’s attempt to once again ‘change the conversation’ away from the fact that they are exactly who the SPLC defined them as and advertise a “Stop Hating Start Debating” campaign.  In effect claim the SPLC ‘hates’ them and won’t let them share their side of the story.  The simple fact is, the FRC is using this as a diversionary tactic to avoid addressing the real issue: FRC is all the things the SPLC says they are and more…  In a rebuttal statement (really more like a smack down) the SPLC stated:

Almost all the religious-right groups named by the SPLC also have engaged in a particularly toxic and widespread defamation of gay men: The claim that they are essentially pedophiles who molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals.

In fact, this became the crux of my “debate” with the FRC’s Perkins — the claim, as he put it in the very last moments of the show, that “the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children.” To prove this, Perkins cited an outfit called the American College of Pediatricians, which certainly sounded authoritative. But he was being less than honest, to say the least. In fact, the American College of Pediatricians is a tiny group that broke away from the real professional association — the similarly named American Academy of Pediatrics — specifically because that 60,000-member organization had endorsed gay and lesbian parenting. Perkins’ move was enough to cause Chris Matthews to run a special segment two days later that explained the difference between the academy and the so-called college.

The reality is that virtually all real researchers in the field have concluded, as did the American Psychological Association in an official statement, that “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.”

Despite the claims made in today’s statement, the SPLC’s listings are not in any way intended to suppress these groups’ free speech. We’re not asking that these groups be silenced or punished in any way. What we are doing is calling them out for their lies. There is nothing wrong with labeling an organization a hate group based on what they say. A simple example illustrates the point: If a neo-Nazi group said all Jews are “vermin,” no one would argue with our characterizing it as a hate group.

Neither are we mounting an attack on individuals or “groups that uphold Judeo-Christian moral views,” as today’s statement suggests. In fact, as we say in our article dissecting the views of these groups, “Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not quality organizations for listing as hate groups.” Instead, as we explained there, “the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling.”

 via Weigel : Boehner, Cantor, Bachmann, Pence and More Against the Southern Poverty Law Center.