The FRC Tries to Shed the label of “hate group”
I am sure that you are all aware of the shooting that occurred in Washington at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. It seems that the shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, was a gay rights activist, though his motivation for the shooting has not been made official. In light of this tragedy, here is what the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had to say:
“Let me be clear that Floyd Corkins was responsible for firing the shots yesterday that wounded one of our colleagues … but Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations ‘hate groups’ because they disagree with them on public policy.” (www.bloomberg.com)
This is a political charged and incoherent statement. The SPLC bears zero responsibility for this shooting. Corkins was not “given a license to shoot” anyone. The fact that the SPLC has refered to the FRC as a hate group has nothing to do with this shooting. Corkins is clearly someone who is a bit unbalanced—how else can we explain walking into a building and shooting someone? Rational and otherwise mentally stable people do not act in the way Corkins selected for any reason. Also, we see that Perkins is a liar. He writes that Corkin was responsible for the shooting, yet in the same sentence, tries to hold the SPLC accountable.
Second, FRC was not designated as a hate group because the SPLC “disagrees with them on public policy”. They earned the title of “hate group” because they are a “hate group”—sometimes the truth hurts. The SPLC has documented numerous occasions where the FRC purposefully spread lies about homosexuality. These lies were meant to further the end of bigotry towards homosexuals. Here are some examples:
“Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.”
— Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999
“[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.”
— Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999
“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.”
-1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.
“[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.”
— Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002
“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
— FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010
Quotes copied from http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com by David Badash (the rest of his article is great as well and worth a read)
What loathsome and utterly false things to say. The FRC has every legal right to oppose gay marriage, they have every legal right to support “traditional marriage”, they also have every legal right to say whatever they want to say. However, and this is the key, the SPLC did NOT label them as a hate group because they oppose same-sex marriage. They labeled them a hate group because of the lies they tell that are designed to create discrimination against a particular group of people.
The SPLC has every right to label the FRC a hate group. It is a title that the FRC has earned. Here is another quote from the SPLC directly:
“To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.” www.splcenter.org
Or how about this quote from FRC official Peter Spriggs:
“[he] has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.” www.splcenter.org
That doesn’t sound like hate speech to you? It certainly does to me. It is no secret that the FRC is a powerful player of the Christian Right. Their ends may be political, but their motivation is biblical. I have said it before and I will say it again. Religiously motivated bigotry is still bigotry. Religiously motivated hate is still hate. Religion is not a free pass to believe whatever you want to believe without criticism or repercussions.
Tony Perkins has stated that “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.” www.splcenter.org No Mr. Perkins, what is happening is that you and your group is being held accountable for your “reckless [and hateful] use of terminology. If you do not want to be considered a bigoted hate group, then don’t be one.
The FRC is a hateful, bigoted, and dishonest organization. It deserves ALL of the negative press that it receives. What it does NOT deserve is violence perpetrated against it. What Corkins did was wrong on every level. However, his actions do not excuse the actions, comments, and propaganda that the FRC puts out on a daily basis.
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