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Anti-Gay Right Wing Groups Shamelessly Use Family Research Council Shooting To Their Own Advantage

Not less than one hour after the senseless violence in which a security guard was shot in the building which houses the nationally designated anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council right-wing extremist and groups have crawled out of the woodwork to shamelessly use the horrible event to their own advantage.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (an officially designated hate group), Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (an officially designated hate group),  Matt Barber of the Liberty Council (which has been connected to the kidnapping of poor little Isabella Miller from her lesbian mother and is also an officially designated hate group) and the National Organization for Marriage which while not deemed an “official” hate group is on a watch list are all guilty of this.

From Matt Barber ‏@jmattbarber on Twitter

The homo-fascist left is pulling out all the stops to silence Christians & conservatives. Expect left-wing extremist violence to rise

Efforts by @SPLCenter& @GLAAD to dehumanize Christians& equate biblical truth to “hate” are working. You have blood on your hands

I call on @SPLCcenter to immediately retract its “hate group” smear of #FRC& other Christian groups & issue an apology 

What does Bryan Fischer@BryanJFischer of the American Family Association Anti-Gay Hate group have to say?

FRC shooting: way conservatives approach policy differences: ballots, not bullets; votes, not violence; reason, not rage.
If SPLC is right, that using irresponsible language re: homosexuality causes violence, then they to blame for FRC shooting.

Of course this is the same Bryan Fischer who said last May 27 that “[h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” (Ironically, the elder Wildmon was widely denounced as an anti-Semite after suggesting that Jews control the media, which the AFA says “shows a genuine hostility towards Christians.”) Fischer has described Hitler as “an active homosexual” who sought out gays “because he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough.” He proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior in another 2010 blog post and has advocated forcing gays into “reparative” therapy. In a 2010 “action alert,” the AFA warned that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, “your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals.”

So, while every LGBT groups has poured out their sympathy to the victim of the shooting, and renounced the violence two of the most virulent gay haters in America who stand side by side with the FRC have lowered themselves into a moral cesspool working the Twitter feed to exploit the tragedy for their own political gain.

And then we have the National Organization for Marriage who are purposely trying to make this tragic event all about same-sex marriage to benefit their own agenda:

Press Release from the National Organization of Marriage:

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a ‘hate group’ for its pro-marriage views, and less than a day ago the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling FRC a ‘hate group’—they even specified that FRC hosts events in Washington, DC, where today’s attack took place.”

Interestingly, The Family Research Council was designated a hate group not for anything related to marriage but rather for the many horrible lies and propaganda that they have said about LGBT community over the years. So basically here we have Brian Brown and NOM purposely giving false statements.

So lets answer the question why exactly was the Family Research Council deemed a hate group in 2010?

Headed since 2003 by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history. It relies on the work of Robert Knight, who also worked at Concerned Women for America but now is at Coral Ridge Ministries (see above for both), along with that of FRC senior research fellows Tim Dailey (hired in 1999) and Peter Sprigg (2001). Both Dailey and Sprigg have pushed false accusations linking gay men to pedophilia: Sprigg has written that most men who engage in same-sex child molestation “identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual,” and Dailey and Sprigg devoted an entire chapter of their 2004 book Getting It Straight to similar material. The men claimed that “homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses” and similarly asserted that “homosexuals are attracted in inordinate numbers to boys.”

That’s the least of it. In a 1999 publication (Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys) that has since disappeared from its website, the FRC claimed that “one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order,” FRC also argued that “homosexual activists publicly disassociate themselves from pedophiles as part of a public relations strategy.” FRC offered no evidence for these remarkable assertions, and has never publicly retracted the allegations. (The American Psychological Association, among others, has concluded that “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.”)

In fact, in a Nov. 30, 2010, debate on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” between Perkins and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok, Perkins defended FRC’s association of gay men with pedophilia, saying: “If you look at the American College of Pediatricians, they say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children. So Mark is wrong. He needs to go back and do his own research.” In fact, the college, despite its hifalutin name, is a tiny, explicitly religious-right breakaway group from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 60,000-member association of the profession. Publications of the American College of Pediatricians, which has some 200 members, have been roundly attacked by leading scientific authorities who say they are baseless and accuse the college of distorting and misrepresenting their work. Knight, while working at the FRC, claimed that “[t]here is a strong current of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture. … [T]hey want to promote a promiscuous society.” and then-FRC official Yvette Cantu, in an interview published on Americans for Truth About Homosexuality’s website, said, “If they [gays and lesbians] had children, what would happen when they were too busy having their sex parties?”

More recently, in March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: “I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them.” He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, “I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior.” “So we should outlaw gay behavior?” Matthews asked. “Yes,” Sprigg replied. At around the same time, Sprigg claimed that allowing gay people to serve openly in the military would lead to an increase in gay-on-straight sexual assaults.

Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis “Woody” Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation. In 1999, after Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the CCC because of its “racist views.” That statement and the nationally publicized Lott controversy came two years before Perkins’ 2001 speech.

Doesn’t exactly sound like a warm and fuzzy loving “Christian” group now does it?

But regardless of that this event tragic was uncalled for. Violence is not the answer to anything.

And while other anti-gay groups are getting ugly with speculation of why this has happened NO real motive is clear at this time, but  one thing is certain.  This did not happen because someone labeled the Family Research Council a “hate group” but possibly because of the Family Research Council’s “hate” PERIOD.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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