Michael Hamar

The Family Foundation Continues to Ally Itself with Hate Groups

Filed By Michael Hamar | December 06, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: American hate groups, Family Research Council, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Family Foundation, Victoria Cobb

The Family Foundation, based in Richmond, Virginia, has a long history of promoting an dobson-and-victoria.jpgover the top anti-gay agenda. Thus it is surprising that TFF has been silent on the designation of its allies - e.g., Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, etc. - as either anti-gay groups or anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Family Foundation website continues to proudly state "The Family Foundation is proud to be associated with Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family and its network of nearly forty independent state policy councils." But now missing are all former references to any direct affiliation between TFF and the Family Research Council, which have been apparently scrubbed from the main TFF website in the wake of the SPLC hate group designation of FRC.

One can only suspect this sanitizing of the TFF website was done since ties to a known hate group might undercut TFF's the effectiveness of TFF's anti-gay efforts in lobbying the Virginia General Assembly, which convenes next month.

But the disappearance of these references to FRC on the main TFF website doesn't mean that TFF isn't still working hand in glove with FRC and other hate groups. A perusal of TFF's blog reveals what has been removed from the main website and confirms that TFF has ceased its anti-gay agenda or ended its unholy alliance with FRC. Here's what the blog page proudly states::

ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Citizen Link
  • Citizen Link Take Action
  • Citizen Magazine
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus Action
  • Focus On The Family
  • FRC Action
  • FRC Blog
  • The Cloakroom/FRC Action Blog
  • Virginia Values Voter PAC Blog

And then there's TFF's ongoing promotion of FRC propaganda: A December 1, 2010 entry on its blog is actively promoting FRC's "Mission Compromised: How the Military is Being Used to Advance a Radical Agenda."

The truth is that TFF supports the same agenda as FRC, promotes FRC's activities, and engages in same denigration of gays and use of falsified research and faux experts in legislative hearings that lead to FRC's hate group designation by SPLC. This quote from a New York Times article still sums up TFF's attitude towards gay parenting:

Walter E. Barbee, president of the Family Foundation, based in Springfield, Va., said children raised in same-sex households were often stigmatized by other children and thus more prone to suicide or drug abuse than those who grew up in traditional families. "This decision defies centuries of law and natural history," Mr. Barbee said. "We are witnessing another step in the gradual degradation and deconstruction of American society."

Barbee made the statement when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Sharon Bottoms case that a person's homosexuality does not necessarily make that individual an unfit parent. More recently, TFF's current president, Victoria Cobb sided with the now fugitive Lisa Miller in the custody battle between Miller and her former partner, Janet Jenkins.

One can only wonder what is the SPLC waiting for before adding the Family Foundation to its list of registered hate groups?


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Christina Engela | December 7, 2010 3:39 AM

For that matter, why has Focus on the Family not been added to the list of hate groups years ago - their head honcho and founder "Dr" Dobson openly declared war on us thirty years ago and the group has been actively carrying this threat out ever since. It gave rise to the FRC, a former part of the FOTF body, separated for tax purposes. Dobson is or was also on the board of the Alliance Defense Fund and numerous other homophobic bodies.

I can understand the SPLC not wanting to make its classification of hate groups appear "cheap" or "biased", but I think the commonalities between groups already classified as hate groups, and those not, are abundant. It's time they were, and there is plenty of evidence to back them up.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is "TFF" the same secretive "the Family" group referred to in the Ugandan issue? Even if not, they should be classified as a hate group - but if it is the same group, then beyond a shadow of a doubt.

I don't know about you, but I'm shocked, just shocked that they'd continue on working with hate groups that think just like them...

Christina,

The Family Foundation is a distinct separate entity from the so-called "The Family," but it shares The Family's clearly theocratic agenda. And it is certainly possible that some associated wiht "The Family" could be donors and supporters of The Family Foundation.