SPLC Lists American Family Association, Family Research Council, Others As Hate Groups
The Southern Poverty Law Center has updated its list of anti-gay hate groups, and if you’ve been reading LGF you’ll recognize the names of many of these organizations: 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda.
Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will be listing 13 next year as hate groups (eight were previously listed), reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. 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.
Read the whole thing, because there are many examples showing exactly why this list exists.
Truth Wins Out has a list of the new additions; the Orwellian names are striking, invoking America, Truth, Faith, Morality, and of course, Family, as they spread hatred, bigotry, and dishonest propaganda.
1. Abiding Truth Ministries [Scott Lively]
2. American Family Association
3. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality [Peter LaBarbera]
4. American Vision
5. Chalcedon Foundation
6. Dove World Outreach Center [Terry Jones]
7. Faithful Word Baptist Church [Steven Anderson]
8. Family Research Council
9. Family Research Institute [Paul Cameron]
10. Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment
11. Illinois Family Institute
13. Traditional Values Coalition
(Hat tip: CuriousLurker.)