Adam Polaski

Anti-Gay Propaganda at the "Watchmen on the Wall" Conference

Filed By Adam Polaski | May 26, 2011 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Family Research Council, marriage, Peter Sprigg, polls, Prop 8

FRC.jpgThe Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, Peter Sprigg, has taken to the podium at the Watchmen on the Wall conference, hosted by the FRC, to tell the pastors in the audience that gay people are propagandists, distrustful of black people, and committed to stamping out free speech.

At the conference today, Sprigg delivered a speech entitled "Life, Marriage & Freedom: A Threat Assessment." He had some misleading, hateful things to say about the LGBT community.

First, he sought to denounce recent polls indicating broad support for same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination clauses for LGBT people.

Wording is crucial in polls, and leading pollsters have actually changed the wording of their polls on same-sex marriage in ways to make them most likely to result in a favorable outcome for the other side. Several years ago, they replaced the neutral term "homosexual" with the word "gay," which in and of itself tends to imply something which is empirically false - namely, that there is such a thing as an intrinsic gay identity which people are born with and can never change.

Then, he falsely assigned an opinion to the gay community about James Ware, the new judge assigned to the Prop. 8 case.

The new judge is African-American, and homosexual activists distrust African-Americans because of their high levels of support for a traditional definition of marriage.

And finally, Sprigg answered the age-old question of why equal rights for the LGBT community is such a threat to the Religious Right.

How is all of this a threat to you or to your ministry? ...The real goal of homosexual activists is not to be left alone, it's not to be protected from so-called "discrimination," it's not even the legalization of same-sex marriage. The real goal is to create a society in which it is unacceptable for anyone, ever, anywhere, to say that homosexual conduct is wrong or that homosexual relationships are anything other than fully equal to heterosexual ones.

The Watchmen on the Wall conference is a summit designed to, according to the event's website, "champion pastors to transform America," which, apparently, includes stamping out acceptance for LGBT communities. Read more about the conference (or watch the live stream) here.

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Ted Hayes Ted Hayes | May 27, 2011 7:36 AM

Both Peter Sprigg and Tony Perkins of Family Research Council are soooooooo obsessed with things gay that I would not be the least bit surprised if they were getting it off with each other -- and in the name of Jesus.

Patricia Nell Warren has done quite a few excellent posts documenting the Watchmen on the Wall anti-gay history.