Anti-Gay Hate Groups Are ‘Simply Fighting For Their Values’ Says Family Research Council
Family Research Council Teaming Up With Catholic League To Wage War On Southern Poverty Law CenterÂ And Gays
Since 2010 the Family Research Council has been included on the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s list of active anti-gay hate groups. The Family Research Council doesn’t particularly care for that designation. They erroneously blame the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” label for a shooting last year at their Washington, D.C. headquarters which left a guard/maintenance worker wounded in the arm. But that lone attack does not make the label of anti-gay hate group any less appropriate.
It is extremely appropriate.
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Contrary to what the Family Research Council and other anti-gay hate groups like the American Family AssociationÂ will tell you, the Southern Poverty Law Center doesn’t call them hate groups over a difference of opinion on social issues. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups anti-gay hate groups because they have demonstrated over time a pattern of lying about gay people.
Image of Family Research Council headquarters staff supporting last year’s anti-gay “Eat At Chick-fil-A Day,” posted to their Facebook page
Case in point:
“Our principal concern is not with people who experience involuntarily same-sex attractions as much as it is with engaging in homosexual conduct, which we believe is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.”
That was the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg, on Tuesday, filling in for FRC President Tony Perkins on his daily radio show. (You can listen to it, and read Jeremy Hooper’s response over at Good As You, or listen to it and read Zack Ford’s response over at Think Progress.)
But to be fair to Sprigg, that rhetoric isn’t really representativeÂ of his comments about gay people. Usually, his words are filled with much more anti-gay hate.
Case in point:
February 3, 2010, on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews:
Matthews: Let me ask you Peter, so you think people choose to be gay.
Sprigg: People do not choose to be have same sex attractions, but they do choose to engage in homosexual conduct. And that conduct also which incidentally is against the law within the military. It violates the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It doesn’t make any sense for us to be actively recruiting people who are going to violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Matthews: Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?
Sprigg: Well I think certainly…
Matthews: I’m just asking you, should we outlaw gay behavior?
Sprigg: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.
Matthews: So we should outlaw gay behavior?
Image posted by theÂ Family Research Council to their Facebook page
Now, enter CNS News, a project of anti-gay extremist and Fox News contributor Brent Bozell III.Â Bozell III’s claim to fame includes his father — who in 1954 co-authored the book McCarthy and His Enemies,Â which defended the disgraced Senator Joe McCarthy, and which the New York Times called “a bald, dedicated apologia for ‘McCarthyism.'”Â Bozell III’s other claim to fame is his group of anti-left watchdog websites which are expert at twisting truth and logic into pretzels. And Bozell happens to sit on the Board of the Catholic League — more on that later.
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Bozell’s CNS News Tuesday, in an interview with Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder Morris Dees, wrote that FRC shooterÂ Floyd Lee Corkins “attemptedÂ a mass shooting on Aug. 15, 2012, opening fire at the Family Research Council and Â wounding Security Guard Leo Johnson.”
Armed with more than 95 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-a sandwiches, CorkinsÂ toldÂ the FBI that he chose the FRC as his first target after looking at a list of â€œanti-gayâ€ groups on the SPLCâ€™s website.
CNSNews.com questioned Dees about the Hate Map when he was in Washington, D.C., Â last week, asking whether his group has ever consideredÂ removing the FRCÂ since the revelation from Corkins,” the gunman who shot the FRC guard.
â€œWell, first of all, having a group on our Hate Map doesnâ€™t cause anybody to attack them anymore than they attacked us for one thing or another,â€ Dees said.Â â€œThis group that says gay peopleâ€”statements attributed to their people said that gay people caused the Holocaust.Â Demonstrably false things they say about gay people.
â€œItâ€™s not on our Hate Map because theyâ€™re against gay peopleâ€”and many, the Catholic Church is against people who are gay, so as othersâ€”itâ€™s because of the demonstrably false things they say about people that are just total lies that demean gay people, they cause people to attack gay people,â€ he said.
â€œThey claim that somebody attacks them because they say hateful things, think about how many gay people get bashed because these people say that gay men are pedophiles, which is demonstrably false,â€ Dees said.
Now, enter the infamous Bill Donohue, head of the (pretty much) one-man show, the Catholic League.
“In a statement to CNSNews.com, the Catholic League took umbrage with Deesâ€™s remarks,” CNS writes:
â€œMorris Dees is a man in search of people and institutions to hate,â€ Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said.Â â€œBranding the Family Research Council a hate group is not only irresponsible, it trivializes the status of hate-ridden groups that have claimed real victims.â€
â€œNow Dees is casting the Catholic Church as the enemy by misstating its teachings,â€ he said.Â â€œNothing the Catholic Church has ever said about the moral status of homosexualsâ€”which is as irrelevant as the moral status of heterosexualsâ€”could possibly be construed as hateful.â€
â€œQuite frankly, no amount of remedial education can help someone who canâ€™t tell the difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior,â€ Donohue said.
â€œStupid or malicious, either way the guy [Dees] is a disgrace,â€ he said.
And now back to theÂ Family Research Council.
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“Our team is still dealing with the fallout of the attack, that was intended to have a chilling effect on organizations that are simply fighting for their values,”Â FRC Executive Vice President Genneral Jerry Boykin (ret.) told CNSNews.com:
“We are very disturbed that the Southern Poverty Law Center is now expanding its reckless attacks against the Catholic Church,” said Boykin.Â “The SPLC has made false and inaccurate claims against the Family Research Council for years. Â The SPLC should fact check their own statements before making reckless accusations.”
“Hate labeling is dangerous enough but outright misrepresentation of the facts further increases the likelihood of an attack on an organization similar to FRC,” said the general.
“Simply fighting for their values”? Really?
It is shocking that int his day and age, with Google and YouTube, theÂ Family Research Council actually thinks they are not an anti-gay hate group.
Because their “values” and their words make it quite clear they are.
And those who surround themselves with hate group leaders should remember the old adage about “the company you keep…”
Via an image posted by the Family Research Council to their Facebook page
Image, top, viaÂ Family Research Council on Facebook
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
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NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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