Updated: Fundie Scarborough says Anti-Gay Activists Are Just Like MLK (seriously) after the jump.
I posted the rather unbelievable story last week that got a lot of you talking about Pastor Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission losing his mind over the passage of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Cass and his group of hate-mongers had decided to head to DC on November 16th to protest the Hate Crimes Act in front of the Department of Justice in hopes of getting arrested, saying:
We're basically going to defy the law, and challenge it. We're going to declare the whole counsel of God, including those parts that some may consider 'inciting a hate crime'
Of course, we all know that the Hate Crimes Law has nothing to do with speech or religious freedom, but don't try any of that pesky logic on Cass and his cohorts.
Well, it looks like the putrid party of hate is getting a little bigger now with support from all the usual suspects in the "hate on gays" army...
Right Wing Watch is reporting:
It looks like the fringe right-wing press conference to challenge hate crimes legislation keeps picking up more support, as Rick Scarborough went on Janet Porter's radio program yesterday to discuss it and Porter pledged to join them in standing outside of the Department of Justice as they seek to get arrested for preaching the Bible.
According to the program, Porter, Scarborough and the others will also be joined by Matt Barber and Gordon Klingenschmitt (as well as Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance.)
Well it looks like the gang's all here!
You all may remember the insanity that is Janet Porter (formerly Janet Folger) from my long post about her usual descent into wing-nuttery and madness. I think I used the phrase "She's basically James Dobson with lipstick and a computer."
And it's no surprise that MassResistance, which is a recognized Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be there spreading their homo-hating bile.
The goal, according to Scarborough and crew, is to get arrested so they can take the new hate crimes expansion to the Supreme Court. It's funny... I don't recall any of these groups doing this kind of protest against Hate Crimes laws when they just covered religious based crimes.
There's that pesky reality and logic coming in again...
I have no doubt that the group will get some media coverage. With a line-up like this, they are sure to get some attention (right, Fox News?). They'll have a nice little platform to spew toxic language that, by their own admission, may incite hate crimes against LGBT people.
Like I've said before, I hope America takes a good, hard listen to what comes out of these people's mouths. This kind of radical, disgusting rhetoric only pushes reasonable people further away from them and helps move our cause forward.
But at what cost?
"What Would Jesus Do", indeed...
Right Wing Watch just posted this press release update from Rick Scarborough:
On October 28, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure extending the federal hate crimes statute to include so-called sexual orientation. The ministers believe this will criminalize all criticism of homosexual behavior, including that contained in the Bible.
To test this belief and protest a clear violation of First Amendment freedom of speech and religion, various clergy will preach short sermons and read passages from the Bible regarding homosexual behavior. Like Dr. Martin Luther King and the Sixties Civil Rights movement, they will engage in civil disobedience to protest injustice.
I think I just threw up a little in my mouth...