Am I the only one who's more than a little surprised that the Family Research Council and the American Family Association cares this much about being labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center? My first thought is "If the shoe fits..." and my second is that the Traditional Values Coalition, MassResistance, and other religious right groups have been labeled hate groups for a long time and there hasn't been this much caterwauling on the topic:
But Diane Gramley, president of AFA of Pennsylvania, is curious why government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are not included in the list.
"I believe they should be on the list because [the CDC's] fact sheets recognize that the highest rates of HIV/AIDS are among men who have sex with men," she explains. "And under the FDA's policy, [blood donation centers] will not allow a man who's had sex with a man even once since 1977 to donate blood." In addition, the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted 6-9 in June not to recommend lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.
"I would think that the Southern Poverty Law Center will consider those policies to be discriminatory against homosexuals," Gramley argues.
Yes, the fact that the FRC, et al., has been able to turn their beliefs into policy and get gay blood banned means that they're completely justified in what they do. Turning beliefs into policy makes them completely benign.