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Earlier this week, FRC was included in a list of 18 hate groups because, as the SPLC's Winter 2010 "Intelligence Report" explains, the group has "continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexual and other sexual minorities." This, according to the Advocate and countless other LGBTQ & mainstream media outlets. Predictably...
"In demanding an apology, FRC president Tony Perkins called the Southern Poverty Law Center "a massively funded liberal organization that operates under a veneer of public justice when, in fact, they seem more interested in fundraising ploys than fighting wrongdoing."
Brian Brown at NOM, another 'injured' recipient of the SPLC's hate group designation said:
"This is an absurd distraction emanating from a once-great organization's real mission---with all the actual hate groups out there, how can Southern Poverty Law Center stoop so low? This report is not an attack on NOM but on the majority of Americans who believe that to make a marriage you need a husband and wife. It is also further proof of what NOM has been saying: today's gay marriage movement is no longer about tolerance, live or let live--it's about driving out dissenting voices from the public square.
Gay marriage now serves as the tip of the spear to a new campaign to demonize and generate hatred against those who adhere to traditional views of sex and marriage."
Of course I could go on with the dog & pony show regarding the SPLC's report but there's no point to that. Instead, I have to ask a simple question: "When does it stop?"
I am tired of the non-stop barrage of hatred that spews out of the mouths of these high priced Washington D. C. based lobby outfits, whose sole purpose is predicated on their belief that their God calls them to interfere with the private sexual lives and reproductive rights of their fellow citizens. I've actually read that rather quaintly outdated bit of fictional literature, and no where does it command them to strip their neighbors of dignity, happiness, and pursuit of personal freedoms and expressions of love. Yet, in reality, this is precisely what Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, and a host of these alleged Christians and organisations campaign for.
Now, in fairness, LGBTQ people do present a 'clear & present danger' to these organizations.
Simply? If being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, was treated as a condition of a variant of humanity, say like one's skin colour or hair colour, the there'd be no need to demonise LGBTQ persons. No campaign, No threat, equals No money.
There is the unspoken truth that organised religion will not discuss. Its the proverbial elephant in the room, as most religions have stopped being a force for good and a loving outlet to ease a human's path through life and instead have become big business. Which, I need to add, according to considerable recent study of this issue by a group of pollsters and journalists, has spent an amazing $1,4 billion dollars on just waging a war against the LGBTQ citizens of the United States since 1977.
Imagine if that sum had been spent instead on food, medicines, housing, clothing, or some other form of charitable work.
These people use religion as a weapon and as an ongoing business concern. The focus of what was once the basis for the message preached by that young Jewish carpenter has literally been lost in the translation. So much in fact that I doubt he'd even recognise his message of 'Love Thy neighbor as Thy self' in the onslaught of the propaganda put out by these groups and individuals.
The Nazi Party minister of propaganda, Josef Goebbels, would be impressed by this lot, in particular Perkins & Brown. They're slick, well funded, and stay on message never straying far from insuring that Americans see the supposed inherent evil of Gay & Lesbian people. Oh, and I must not leave out the bathroom battles over the Trans folk.
When does it stop? I'm a political reporter and have been for over 33 years now, and have watched the growth of this religious claptrap overtake common sense and the political process of the United States with alarm. They truly are not much different that the hardcore Nazi party propagandists that flooded the German republic with tales of the evils of the Jewish people. I also should add or anyone who didn't conform to the "ideals" of the so called Aryan model which also did include LGBTQ people as well. The relentless fiction led to the destruction of Europe and the pointless deaths of millions.
Am I being fair by comparing the Christian right to the Nazi party ideology? I see it as a parallel comparison. For example, Peter Spriggs, a senior fellow at Perkin's & Company's Family Research Council has made public statements calling for the re-criminalisation of what they term homosexual behaviour. Jail people for expressing their love? Too many LGBTQ folk Peter, hell it'd overwhelm the already overburdened American criminal justice system. perhaps establishing Nazi style concentration camps would be a better choice?
When does it stop? Its gotten so bad that now the so-called Christian right exports this crap to places like Uganda where extremist elements of this flawed theological nightmare introduced legislation that provided for the application of capital punishment for repeat offences of homosexual behaviour. Yes, American Christians...
I cannot adequately express the level of disgust I have when viewing the never-ending parade of garbage that flows from these people. They do not like to be held accountable for their inflammatory rhetoric that directly influences other people to take actions that do lead to the injury and sometimes death of LGBTQ human beings. Every-time another Gay teenager or young adult takes his life or her life because of incessant bullying-the direct cause is the FRC and their ilk. When does it stop?
The truth is that the only way to end this madness is to cut off the many heads of this creature, this modern day Hydra by eliminating their sources of revenue. The most effective way is precisely what the SPLC has done by exposing them for what they are- hate groups.
Tony Perkins? Brian Brown? You folks want an apology? No, I think not. Rather I think that you two and your viperous organisations should be investigated for crimes against humanity although that's just wishful thinking.
When does it stop?