Jan 6, 2011
Key leaders in the Republican party recently pledged their allegiance and support to several christian hate groups listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for spreading lies and promoting violence against Gay and Lesbian Americans.
A number of high-profile Republicans have signed an online petition denouncing the Southern Poverty Law Center for designating several anti-gay religious organizations as hate groups.
SPLC recently added the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and the National Organization for Marriage to the same list of hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations. SPLC said the Christian groups were added because they spread malicious lies about gay people that provoke hatred and violence toward them.
Among those lies are the claims that gays are more likely to sexually abuse children and to die young due to their unhealthy lifestyle. Some of the anti-gay claims made by the designated groups mirror myths that Nazis spread about Jews to incite violence against them.
Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor, House Speaker-elect John Boehner, presidential hopefuls Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Louie Gohmert of Texas, and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint have all signed the petition defending the designated hate groups.
“We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Family Research Council, American Family Association, Concerned Women of America, National Organization for Marriage, Liberty Counsel and other pro-family organizations that are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family,” the open letter, sponsored by the FRC, reads. “We support the vigorous but responsible exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty that are the birthright of all Americans.”
The letter claims that SPLC “targeted FRC and other organizations that uphold Judeo-Christian moral views, including marriage as the union of a man a woman.”
Many of the christian organizations listed by the SPLC are actively working with governments around the world, including the United States, to criminalize homosexuality and put Gays and Lesbians to death. To promote their agenda of hate these christian ministries push the discredited lies that homosexuals are pedophiles and that Nazi leadership was dominated by Gay Germans.
Tying the Gay and Lesbian equality movement to hated child molesters and Nazi movement is an effective means of generating violence against homosexuals not only in America but around the world. This tactic is very effective especially in developing countries such as Kenya and Uganda. Both countries, at the urging of christian ministries in the United States, are working on legislation that imprisons people hiding homosexuals and executes Gays and Lesbians for crimes against god and nature.
The fear is not that these Republican’s will pass discriminatory legislation against Gays and Lesbians, it won’t happen on the federal level. The concern is that these key legislators give a voice to the christian hate groups and legitimize their lies.
Make no mistake, the lies being pushed by these christian hate groups are crafted to maximize violence against the Gay and Lesbian community. The Nazi’s used this same tactic against Jewish citizens and Gays in the 1930′ to great effectiveness. The Klan used it to stir anger against Blacks in America’s south. The result being many dark skinned Americans hanging from the end of a noose.
By the way the SPLC was instrumental in neutering both the Klan and the neo-Nazi movement in the United States.
Every time Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (registered hate group) goes on CNN spreading the lie that Gays are molesting and recruiting children the potential for violence against our community increases dramatically. If these registered hate groups use their champions in the Republican hierarchy to help spread their hate filled lies we are looking at dark and violent times ahead.