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Anti-Gay Groups Protest SPLC with Claims of Hate and Intolerance

By Hatewatch Staff on January 17, 2012 - 5:39 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

About a dozen African American pastors joined anti-gay extremists today in condemning the Southern Poverty Law Center for using its “hate group” label to describe faith-based organizations that demonize the LGBT community, characterizing it as part of an orchestrated liberal plot.

AFTAH protest at SPLC

The pastors spoke at a press conference staged outside the SPLC offices in Montgomery, Ala., by Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), which the SPLC lists as an anti-gay hate group. 

“The SPLC has moved from monitoring actual hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis to slandering mainstream Christian organizations with that very same hate group label,” said Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel, affiliated with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. “By extension, the SPLC is smearing billions of Christians and Jews worldwide as haters simply because they embrace the traditional Judeo-Christian ethics.”

Rachel Conner of Abiding Truth Ministries, also listed as a hate group, charged that  “the Southern Poverty Law Center has now become a tool of the God-haters, promoting hatred in the form of vicious lies against Christianity.”

“This has nothing to do with hate and tolerance,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of AFTAH. “It has everything to do with pro-gay politicking.”

In fact, it has everything to do with hate and intolerance.

Mark Potok, editor of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report and this blog, responded to the accusations: “Our listing of anti-gay hate groups is completely unrelated to religion, Christianity or the Bible. These groups are listed because they repeatedly lie in an effort to defame LGBT people, an exercise they’ve been extraordinarily successful at. The idea that we are criticizing these groups because they represent Judeo-Christian morality is simply ludicrous.”

The SPLC does not identify anti-gay hate groups based on their religious views. Instead, the SPLC lists anti-gay groups on the basis of spreading known falsehoods and demonizing propaganda against LGBT people, such as the claim that gay men largely orchestrated the Holocaust.

In 2007, LaBarbera claimed that there was “a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia” among gay men — a devastating accusation, but one that is entirely false, according to all the relevant scientific organizations. LaBarbera has also compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of “smoking, alcohol and drug abuse,” and the AFTAH website describes it as a “lethal behavior addiction.”

In a written statement read at the news conference, Abiding Truth Ministries founder Scott Lively called on God to destroy the SPLC: “My prayer, as one who really does hate irrational prejudice, is that the Lord by His sovereign power will remove this dangerous, hate-spreading organization from our nation and cause its leaders and members to repent for their wickedness. … I want to make clear that I am asking God himself to destroy their organization.”

What Lively might not know is that others have tried, including Klansmen who pleaded guilty to firebombing the center’s office in 1983.

  • funinsnow

    Something which Southern Poverty Law Center, Aron, etc. overlook is that people such as Dr. Paul Drummond Cameron share my view that sex must be limited to penis/vaginal sex between man & woman. Most straights don’t take part in sodomy or anal, even if gay/lesbian groups say otherwise. Sex is mainly supposed to be about the woman pleasuring the man with viceversa minor. Hopefully this language is allowed for this post but I’m also not a believer in oral sex, but that if it happens, it’s only supposed to be a woman giving a man oral but not viceversa-man’s mouth is not meant to do oral. Also I agree with what Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi did when he paid young women for sex because after a woman hits menopause, it’s best not to do her anymore. There you have my views on sex-limit it to penis vaginal sex between a man & woman, that sex is mainly supposed to be about the woman pleasuring the man & that once a woman hits menopause, it’s best to not have sex with her.

  • Phillip

    “Family retainers” were in America even in this century. They were not treated like “slaves” like we saw in that movie.

    So some read the Bible and assume it’s talking about cruel slavery because of their ignorance of their own history and this economically viable solution for people who need work and money.

  • Phillip

    “It amazes me how much groups can hate such an orginzation that do good for others.”

    you won’t be so amazed when a group you agree with finds itself on their hit list

  • Aron


    For once, you’re absolutely right. That final sentence seems to be the unvarnished truth.

  • funinsnow

    Something else, in Dec. 2011, Elton John condemned those who don’t have sympathy for AIDS victims as being ‘fascists & idiots.’ Elton John is a recovered drug junky & alcoholic so his lecture’s worthless. But it seems that when you hate some1’s views such as when people hate the opinions of Patrick J. Buchanan, FRC, etc., then they get called Nazis, Fascists, etc. comparing them to mass killers which is silly.

    With gay AIDS victims, let me say that while gay/lesbian activities in the U.S. are legal, if a gay is going to be promiscous, not use condoms & use drugs, then I have no sympathy for him if he gets AIDS. Many people wouldn’t sympathize with a straight man if he had sex with many women, didn’t use condoms & then got a deadly VD (I like the old word VD) as they’d say the man took the risks. So for the same reason, I don’t sympathize with gay AIDS victims because they took the risk. I guess that makes me a ‘fascist idiot’ but I don’t care.

  • funinsnow

    Aron, I’m not a follower of Stormfront but I have visited their website & that of David Ernest Duke. Just because some1 visits a website doesn’t mean they agree with everything they say. I don’t agree with the Holocaust revisionist view of Stormfront as I believe an extermination program happened.

    But the reason I mention Klansmen & Stormfront is because just because some1 is a bigot, doesn’t mean that they’re uneducated. How do you explain Aron, that there are individual Klansmen who can speak Vietnamese, Chinese & Korean? As Germany & Japan were untrustworthy allies during WW2, there were Nazis who could speak Japanese & there were Japanese who could speak German-both Germany & Japan believed they were the master races beginning from the late 1800s to their defeat in WW2.

    Many Japanese soldiers who took part in WW2 atrocities could speak Chinese, Korean, Tagalog (language of the Phillipines), etc. My point about people who are racists is that racists can be knowledgable about other groups. You don’t like Patrick J. Buchanan, but Mr. Buchanan is a well traveled man & has very good knowledge about history esp. as he was President R.M. Nixon’s speechwriter.

    The SPLC has a right to label who they wish as hateful bigot. If the SPLC wants to label me as a hateful bigot because I’m against gay/lesbian activities, I’ll accept that label. But I & those who are against gay/lesbian activities & sex change mutilations have a right to show just how silly the SPLC is comparing us to the KKK. Also fail to understand why Rebecca of the Holocaust Museum raises the Holocaust on this? If she is implying that any1 who is against gay/lesbian activiities as I or any1 else who the SPLC labels as ‘hate’ is comparable to Holocaust of 6 million Jews in extermination program, well that’s just silly.

  • Richard

    It amazes me at the kind of idiotic articles I come across which again fail to discredit the SPLC’s 10 anti-gay myths. Michael Cook at writes this article claiming that the groups the SPLC lists as hate groups have no reason to be listed as hate groups comparable to the Ku Klux Klan. While Cook lists all 10 of the anti-gay myths, he fails to even explain how any of them are true at all and goes on to attack the scientific authorities the SPLC lists. Cook says “It turns out that, for the most part, they are not scientific authorities at all, but professional groups like the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatric Association.” But again, Cook fails to even point out how any of those myths that these groups frequently say are true are actually true at all such as how “Homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than Heterosexuals”. What kind of idiots like Cook can’t get it through their heads that the groups the SPLC lists as hate groups just make up their own junk science research, try to rewrite history and also just distort the work of other scientific researchers?:

  • Sam Molloy

    funinsnow, Germany in the 1930’s had one of the best educated populations in the world. Their major error, in fact, was thinking they were so smart they ought to control everybody’s thinking. This is also your error when it comes to GLBT issues. We can fall prey to this delusion as well, which is why the Rainbow Flag was developed to equalize all variants on unconventional gender roleplaying.

  • Guardian

    It’s about time the shepards of the flock started fighting off the wolves!
    If a true believer is known by their love and peace then the SPLC is by no measure godly. The SPLC is filled with lies and hate for all that is godly. May god have mercy on your souls.

  •, Aron


    This is getting tedious. Those words you used to demonstrate Paddy Buchanan’s ‘worldliness’ demonstrate nothing. While they are indeed Bengali in origin, they are a part of the common American English lexicon. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that about 95-97 per cent of the people who use the term ‘pundit’ do not know its actual meaning or origin.

    I’ve already lectured you on this exact subject. And it has grown tiresome.

    Since you’re such a fan of Stormfront and the Duke-holes, why don’t you hang around there? You aren’t winning any friends or converts here.

    (Also, you might want to look into your formatting. For someone who writes such long-winded comments, your spacing makes it very difficult to read.)

  • Rebecca

    As a former employee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, I would like to remind everyone of the poem that sums up WHY the SPLC speaks out against ALL injustice and hate crimes and the organizations who perpetrate them…..written by Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was an ardent nationalist and prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
    Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Another lesson of the Holocaust that I have taught and firmly believe is this: If you choose to be a silent bystander and do nothing in the face of adversity or oppression of those around you, the guilt and shame of the perpetrator is also yours.

    Or, to put it simply: “Evil thrives when good people do nothing.”

    Thank you SPLC, and to everyone here, PLEASE do more than express your opinion. DONATE to the SPLC. You may be in need of their services in the future.

  • funinsnow

    BTW, if the SPLC want to label me a hateful bigoted person because I believe gay & lesbian activities are comparable to crack smoking & that sex changes are sad mutilations which must be abolished, then I’ll accept that label :) SPLC in the past did good things to help Black Americans have = chances, but given that the SPLC is an apologist for gay/lesbian activites, they’ve become apologists for evil behavior-gay/lesbian activities are evil.

    As to the Ku Klux Klan, let me say that people who are bigoted & I’m sure the SPLC will agree, aren’t necessarily dumb people. There are White Supremacists who can fluently speak Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese. During the Vietnam War, there were Klansmen who fought next to Black soldiers though sometimes race fights happened between Blacks & White soldiers in Vietnam. There were also Klansmen who fought in the Korean war. Yes, some of the Klansmen do speak Korean & Vietnamese. Not to promote Stormfront but I’ve found that quite a few of the White Nationalists can speak German, Polish, Spanish & I’ve even found individuals who can speak Chinese. Patrick J. Buchanan who the SPLC has condemned visited China during the Nixon Administration & in his columns, he sometimes uses Bengali words such as Pundit, jungle, guru & Pariah. Again for those of you who know me, I’m Bengali, so I have to say that while I am against discrimination & segregation, White Supremacists can be smart people. Finally, Klansman David Ernest Duke has been to India & during the Vietnam War, he taught English to Laotian officers.

  • Sam Molloy

    Bob Moyer, the Presbyterians accept us, and a Methodist church in SF does too. I believe that Jesus is coming on the next bus and gay people need to come to Him with their very next breath. Even if you do not believe that, this is a good way to fight these idiots on their own level.

  • Bob Moyer

    Not all Christian/Protestant denominations condemn homosexuality, by a long shot. Mainstream Episcopalians, Congregationalists, UCC churches, and Unitarian-Universalist (not all members of which would self-identify as Christian), among others, do not do so, and many other mainstream denominations are becoming more affirming – and, at the very least, not promulgating false information and accusations.

  • Richard

    Patricia Kayden,

    I’ve thought the same things about these groups. Why is it these “Christian” groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Traditional Values Coalition, Americans For the Truth About Homosexuality, Abiding Truth Mininstries, etc. never donate to charity to help homeless people, feed the hungry, the unemployed etc. instead of being obsessed with portraying gay people as child molesters or Nazis? If they’re so concerend about the safety of children, why do they seem so focused on only boys being molested yet not seem to care at all about the safety of numerous young girls molested by men? Girls are still more likely to be molested than boys! Why are they so obsessed with rewritting history to blame gays for the murders of millions of people during World War II? Why are they so concerned about gays serving openly in the military if many countries already have been letting gays serve openly in the military for a long time with no problems? These groups just can’t find someting positive to do yet instead want to concentrate their time on doing evil, useless things just to domonize a group of people!!!!!!!!

  • Sam Molloy

    Jesus never spoke on this subject, and I wish these crazies would follow His lead.

  •, Aron


    When will you take the time to find your own answers? The SPLC has written about prejudice against Christians PLENTY of times.

    Though I doubt you’ll take the time to read any of the articles…

  • Gene

    How soon these black Ministers forget Martin Luther Kings struggle to free the blacks in the 1950’s and 60’s not to mention their Great Grand Fathers and mothers who were slaves under the whip of white Christians only 150 years ago.
    They fought for freedom to be a first class citizen in America and won. Now it is the LGBT people, the gays who are fighting for that same right to be Equal and have the same Civil Rights as them. Too bad people forget where they came from because one day they might find themselves being slave again. History does repeat itself no matter what and it is up to us all to stand up for freedom for all if Americans if we are to survive as a free country. To make a slave of one it to make a slave of us all.

  • William

    When will SPLC write about hate against Christians? There appears to be many Christianophobic people commenting here.