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Anti-Gay Hate Group Declares War on Charity Rating Organization for Noting It’s an Anti-Gay Hate Group

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Facts Are Facts, Tony

The Family Research Council has declared war against one of the top charity rating organizations for noting FRC is an anti-gay hate group. Guidestar has integrated information from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s top civil rights organization that tracks and reports on hate groups of every kind. And now, Guidestar includes a warning on its profile of FRC: “This organization was flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

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So now, in addition to its ongoing battle against the Southern Poverty Law Center, FRC has opened a new theater of war against Guidestar, as Raw Story notes.

GuideStar Wars: Charity Index No Longer Neutral,” is Perkins’ latest diatribe.

And he admits it’s all about money.

Now, when potential donors search at least 46 conservative organizations, they’ll be greeted by a big red banner, alerting them that these charities were labeled “hate groups” by the SPLC, presumably to steer them away from contributing,” Perkins writes Thursday on his “Washington Update.”

Now, it’s important to note that the Southern Poverty Law Center has very strict standards for placing an organization on one of its lists of hate groups.

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council’s President, will be happy to falsely claim that FRC is on the anti-gay hate list “simply for participating in the political process and advocating for public policy consistent with their orthodox Christian beliefs.”

But in fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center only places groups on its hate list that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” 

When it comes to anti-gay hate groups, the SPLC includes groups known for “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.”

That’s what Tony Perkins won’t tell you.

But this week, Perkins and his FRC are expressing outrage.

As Alvin McEwen at Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters reports, the FRC is “upset over being labeled a hate group, but won’t address [the] reason why.”

And via Twitter, Holy Bullies posts this important video:

On the FRC blog Perkins offers up this baloney:

At a time when even the mainstream media is questioning SPLC, the charity index is rushing to embrace the “hate labeling” that inspired Floyd Corkins to walk into our lobby with the goal of killing as many people as possible. Now, just days after the shooting of House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is also branded an extremist on SPLC’s website, most people are shocked that GuideStar — whose calling card is its neutrality — would use the liberal organization as a resource.”

The mainstream media is not questioning SPLC, there’s no evidence of that from a quick Google news search. Floyd Corkins did shoot a maintenance worker at the FRC headquarters in the arm and reportedly had learned about FRC from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Facts are facts, and yes, (not to kick people when they’re down, but) Rep. Steve Scalise has an extremist background. After all, Scalise once said he was “David Duke without the baggage.”

Tony Perkins will never tell you the facts, because the facts about Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are ugly.

Is the Family Research Council a hate group? Yes. Should Americans wanting to make the best choices for where they donate their hard-earned money be allowed as much information as possible? Yes.

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Watch: Florida Dems Walk Out After DeSantis’ Surgeon General Refuses to Say if Vaccines Work

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Democrats on a Florida state Senate committee walked out of the confirmation hearing of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a far right-wing anti-science extremist after he refused to answer if vaccines are safe and effective, and why the Dept. of Health has stopped publicly posting COVID data.

Ladapo, who has been in the position for months, has ties to an infamous conspiracy theorist doctor who talks about alien DNA, demon sperm, and pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure.

Asked if the COVID vaccines are effective, Ladapo refused to say “yes” or “no.” The Tallahassee Democrat reported Ladapo’s answers were “long-winded, indirect,” and that he “gave murky answers about his criticism of the Biden administration and his ability to work with the federal government, and whether he had a plan for ending the pandemic in Florida.”

“I would say that, that the, the question is a scientific one and it’s one that is answered with data. So, so, the, the question, the question is informed by data on specific outcomes and specific, specific therapies. So that’s a that’s the, that’s the scientific question.”

The Senator, polite but frustrated, pushed back: “Just a yes or no. Do vaccines work? In fighting against COVID-19? Yes or no?”

Related: DeSantis Vows to Fight FDA After COVID Treatment His Top Donor Invested in Is Found to Not Fight Omicron

“Senator,” replied Ladapo, an anti-vaxxer who opposes testing for the deadly coronavirus. “I just, I as a scientist, you know, I I, I am compelled to answer the scientific question, and I’d be happy to answer any specific scientific question that you have related to vaccines and COVID-19.”

So she tried again.

“Scientifically, does the, do the vaccines work against preventing COVID-19? Yes or no?”

“So, yes or no questions are not that easy to find in science,” Ladapo obfuscated. “So, I will I understand I think I have better clarity about your your question at this point. So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States, which would be the the Pfizer product and the product that was was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.”

Later, he was asked why the state has stopped publicly releasing COVID data. He again obfuscated.

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BREAKING NEWS

SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.

Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.

NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

 

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21ST CENTURY VERSION OF A BOOK BURNING

Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’

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Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.

In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.

McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.

The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.

“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.

Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.

On Twitter, Judin adds more details:

Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”

No word yet on if the funds will be released.

 

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