12/15/2010

SPLC Responds to Attack by Family Research Council

The Family Research Council, which was recently designated as a hate group by the SPLC because of its dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians, has launched a campaign against the SPLC that includes an advertisement in two Washington newspapers.

The Dec. 15 ad, published in the print editions of the Washington Examiner and Politico, was co-signed by 22 members of Congress, including House Speaker-designate John Boehner, and a large number of other conservatives.

Read our response here.

Even as some well-known anti-gay groups moderate their views, smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at LGBT people.

These groups' influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the "facts" they disseminate about gay and lesbian people are often amplified by certain politicians and even news organizations.

Generally, the SPLC's listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods - claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities - and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.

Learn more about anti-gay groups on the Hatewatch blog:
A Poll of Their Own: Family Research Council Takes on the Pentagon
AFA’s Fischer Recycles Lies in Support of Anti-Gay ‘Truth’
Tony Perkins Defends Family Research Council, Sort Of

Elsewhere online:
Crooks and Liars: Gay-hating fundamentalists are not happy about being designated 'hate groups' by the SPLC

Good as You: FRC's late 'Start/Stop'

Canyonwalker Connections: The Ten Lies about the GLBT Community Told by Conservative Hate Groups: a Straight Christian Perspective

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Irony alert - Family Research Council accuses SPLC of "cherry-picking" science

Warren Throckmorton: What should Christians do about the SPLC hate list?