Ellen Andersen

Snopes Tackles Hate Crimes Lies

Filed By Ellen Andersen | June 18, 2007 1:31 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: AFA, Matthew Shepard Act, Snopes

For those of you who don't know it, Snopes is a great website dedicated to uncovering the truth behind urban legends. It's just posted an entry that examines the American Family Association's claim that the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act would "make it a 'hate crime' for pastors and churches to speak out against homosexuality." Any truth behind the AFA's claims? Nope. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Check it out here.

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I guess the fundies are conveniently forgetting that telling a lie is a no-no according to the Bible.

You beat me to this one, Ellen! :) I was going to put something up about this too - but as I closed the window on Snopes and came over here to post, I noticed you'd already been and gone. *grins*

Isn't it sad when the place known for debunking internet myths has to step in and say your organization is full of shit?

A. J. Lopp | June 18, 2007 3:45 PM

Such a law as the right-wingers describe would be clearly un-Constitutional, and both they and our Members of Congress know that it would be struck down almost immediately. Nor are we (pro-GLBT folks) asking for such a thing.

These lies need to be called what they are: (1) fear-mongering, and (2) fraudulent fund-raising.

Thank you, Ellen, for posting this.