Ed Team

You said it, not me

Filed By Ed Team | March 28, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: AFTAH, Matt Barber

"But seriously, if AFTAH is a "hate group," then so is Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, American Family Association, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Roman Catholic Church. Any group that observes and defends traditional sexual morality would have to be labeled such."

--Matt Barber, "defending" Americans For Truth About Homosexuality from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled them a hate group this past week

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Grow up, Alex. All you did was grab a comment out of context. But it begs the question: do you believe that all those groups are "hate groups"? If so, please explain. Can we disagree without "hating" you? Do you "hate" us?

Bob Barnes | March 31, 2010 5:49 AM

Poor Peter. Exactly how are you going to explain your life when you meet your maker?

Bob, let's leave the philosophical and spiritual questions aside for a moment. (As a Christian, based on 1 Corinthians Ch. 6: 9-11, I might ask the same question of you.) But I was kind of hoping Alex would answer my simple question. Perhaps someone a bit more experienced like Cathy Renna could give it a try... Cathy? Best--pl

Oh, yeah, great, just go and start shooting insults because I didn't respond quickly enough to your comment on a thread no one's checking anymore. I've been blogging for three years now and I know an internet crazy when I spot one, and the "You didn't respond to me on my schedule" is usually a good sign that someone spends time online due to a lack of social skills in the real world (and the "I like someone else on your site more than you" insult is just icing on the cake).

Yes, I grabbed the quotation out of context. It's a "Quote of the Day" feature, and that's the entire point. Curious readers can always follow the link. It's not that hard, just a click.

What constitutes a hate group? The SPLC has their own definition with actual criteria, but mostly I just go by "If it walks like a hate group, and smells like a hate group...." When a group of people get together to defame an entire class of people in an attempt to eliminate that class of people, that's a hate group. Some other key signs include citing bad science as fact, attempting to incite disgust towards that class of people by associating them with unclean objects or acts, and inciting fear of that class of people.

"Do you "hate" us?" Seriously? You went with "I know you are but what am I?" Are we 11?

Anyway, I don't really see why you have much of a problem with being labeled a hate group. Live it, love it, and try to transform it. Instead of me balking at the idea of being labeled "gay" or "queer," I simply wear it as another part of my identity. Hate doesn't have to be a bad thing if that's what you want to sell; all we're asking for is a little truth in advertising.