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Evidence: The Family Research Council is a Hate Group


You probably don't need to see the evidence again. But here's a compendium of the lies, false claims, and misinformation pushed by Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg and their hate group Family Research Council, which falsely promotes itself as a loving, "pro-family" group.


Good work from videoblogger Dave Evans.

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  1. Wonderful Greatest Hits compilation! Order before Midnight tonight!

    Posted by: Zlick | May 31, 2011 11:01:45 AM

  2. Whenever someone comments here about how Christians are essentially actively inspiring Americans to hate gay people and to continue to deny us equal rights or even protection, there are always some "gay Christians" in the comment section that repeatedly defend their religion and say that people like Perkins don't represent them. However, it seems from my point of view that mainstream Christianity has embraced Perkins and others of his ilk because it has certainly have made no attempt to even refute his lies, let alone silence him.

    Perkins is one of the loudest voices in Christianity and the other loud voices (Phelps, Santorum, Dobson, Huckabee, Gallagher, etc) all have identical ideology - so how someone can make the claim that Christians in general are not anti-gay is a mystery. It is even more perplexing as to why some gay people would choose to identify with a religion that clearly doesn't want them (also applies to political party).

    Ask yourself again, have you ever met an anti-gay Atheist?

    Posted by: Chadd | May 31, 2011 11:09:45 AM

  3. This is excellent! Well done, Dave!

    Posted by: JamieMcG | May 31, 2011 11:17:02 AM

  4. Perkins = Closet-case!

    Posted by: The Truth | May 31, 2011 11:26:01 AM

  5. I think I do agree that "mainstream" Christianity does purport anti-gay rhetoric, but I believe that the true meaning of Christianity is to follow the ways of Christ. While I'm not a biblical scholar, I believe the new testiment does not provide any direct guidance for understanding and making judgments about homosexuality in the modern world. It would seem to me that those spouting the anti-gay rhetoric aren't following the ways of Christ at all since their focus is judgment and discrimination.

    Posted by: Greggie | May 31, 2011 11:54:00 AM

  6. Exactly right, Chadd! I don't hear any of the progressive denominations calling them out on it.

    The Family Research Council is infested with bigots and hypocrites, some of whom are philanderers and adulterers. So much for their phoney pro-family, pro-marriage position.

    As Bill Maher recently stated quite aptly, Gandhi who was a hindu, was far more "christian" than any of these psycho talkers.

    Posted by: Robert | May 31, 2011 11:56:54 AM

  7. I wish Bill Maher would Invite Ms Perkins on his show...tho I doubt very much- Ol' Tony Knows Bill would wipe the floor with him.

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 31, 2011 12:06:41 PM

  8. @Chadd - does Julia Gillard count?

    Posted by: antisaint | May 31, 2011 12:27:33 PM

  9. It's these talking head shows that empower FRC. Stop inviting them.

    Posted by: anon | May 31, 2011 12:41:29 PM

  10. @ ANTISAINT: I don't know that much about the Australian Prime MInister, Julia Gillard, other than she opposes Equal Marriage rights - while living with a man outside of a formal marriage.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 31, 2011 1:04:39 PM

  11. Can we make every Senator and Congressperson in America on both the state and federal levels sit down and watch this video 'A Clockwork Orange' style?

    With that said I would like to defend Christians - at least some of them - for a second. I've recently become an active churhgoer again after giving up on it years ago after suffering through a lifetime of Catholic church and school. I found a very established Episcopalian church with very deep roots in New York City that is open and welcoming to gay people. I'd say the congregation is about evenly mixed gay/straight. This past Sunday the reverend even joked from the pulpit that the crowd looked a little light and how most of us were probably out on Fire Island. They even do same-sex blessing in lieu of weddings there. Every fundamentalist - no matter what their religion - is evil. Just realize that there are pockets out there where you can find people who are religious AND accepting.

    Posted by: MT | May 31, 2011 2:19:32 PM

  12. I'm sure that some Christians are not anti-gay bigots. But, those that are not, don't seem to make a very load noise refuting the opinions of those like Perkins.

    The question becomes whether those gay affirming Christians aren't interested in opposing the Perkins' of the world or whether the media doesn't bother to seek them out and allow them to speak for the non-bigot portion of Christianity.

    Posted by: Tim NC | May 31, 2011 3:30:36 PM

  13. Sometimes I feel like the only solution is a violent revolution.

    Posted by: Bravo | May 31, 2011 5:38:33 PM

  14. This Perkins guy is hiding a big secret ( and God forbid I don't think he is a closet case) but there is something in his demeanor that screams I do TERRIBLE things behind closed doors...

    Posted by: jaragon | May 31, 2011 5:47:47 PM

  15. interesting how theses new hate groups adopt seemingly neutral names for their organization, then spew "facts" from other neutral sounding organizations, that on first hearing "sound" legit. This wolf in sheep's clothing approach is most interesting. and designed to trip up and confuse. if they are so "right", why are they being so sly? It's like starting an organization called the "Gay Liberation Committee" whose purpose would be to seek the death penalty for gay people. Why do they feel it's so important to obfuscate? Weird.

    Posted by: kodiak | May 31, 2011 8:26:38 PM

  16. If you want to make money "reporting news", you don't bother with the quiet respectful christians. You find other people like yourself; moneygrubbing attention whores. As they say, if it bleeds it leads.

    Posted by: bob | May 31, 2011 11:39:24 PM

  17. so TRUE what the Truth wrote...Perkins is a big time closet case....

    Posted by: wyocwboy62 | Jun 1, 2011 1:42:20 AM

  18. @jaragon, "This Perkins guy is hiding a big secret ( and God forbid I don't think he is a closet case) but there is something in his demeanor that screams I do TERRIBLE things behind closed doors."

    Another hypothesis is that he knows he's lying and that effects his demeanor. If you check his biography there is no mention of any specifically anti-gay activities while he was in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1996--2004), although he did support a number of right-wing, "socially conservative" positions involving prayers in school, "covenant marriages" (which have stricter rules for divorce than other marriages), and abortion or women's reproductive rights. He then joined up with the Family Research Council, and as that organization's president, he would be expected to spout the organization's official position regardless of what he thought personally.

    So I wouldn't jump to conclusions regarding his moral failings. He could really hate gays but he could also be one of those willing to lie shamelessly to support an employer's agenda regardless of whether those lies hurt others.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 1, 2011 2:47:08 AM

  19. The best way to deal with homophobia and the bigots in the AFA and FRC and others is to rid this country of Christianity. It's the true threat to America and the American way.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 1, 2011 8:58:45 AM

  20. So where's the hate? And therein is the "slippery-as-an-eel" conundrum of the FRC. They righteously repeat their talking points, cite bogus "experts" by referencing "statistics" sourced from phony, biased conservative "think-tanks" (which, by the way, would never stand up under the meticulous eye of empirical science), smile benignly and speak forcefully but kindly, and continue to control the debate. Seldom are the FRC and its multitudinous spokespeople actually forced to justify their "statistics" or "facts" and seldom are they forcefully denounced because there seems to be no eloquent and pugnacious spokesperson for the marriage equality/LGBT civil equality side. Tony Perkins, the FRC, and the rest of the bigots get away with their assault on LGBT civil rights because they are never forcefully challenged. They deny their bigotry and the harm it causes with geniality and amiability. It's disgusting.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 1, 2011 10:17:32 AM

  21. I was lucky enough to be brought up in the United Church of Canada, a denomination that ordains LGBT ministers, marries LGBT couples happily and proudly, and has spent decades being on the forefront of promoting not only LGBT Equality in Canada, but also secularism and freedom of thought. The congregation of my childhood included a number of people who did not even identify as "Christians", but enjoyed the humanist message of the church.

    That's what galls me about the "Christian Apologists" - there's no reason for them to belong to denominations that are still anti-LGBT, and anti-Inclusivity, when there are more than enough denominations our there are have all the Good with none of the Bad.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 1, 2011 11:48:51 AM

  22. What most people don't seem to understand is that the Family Research Council and other so called "Christian" organizations are anything but Christian. They use Christianity as a vehicle for their hatred and hijack the bible the same way Middle Eastern terrorists hijack Islam and the Quran to justify their evil. Are these terrorists true Muslims? Of course not.

    These people do not speak for all Christians, because they are not true Christians.

    Posted by: D Gonzalez | Jun 1, 2011 12:15:16 PM

  23. Chadd, while one can easily see validity to your feelings, it is no longer true that mainstream Christianity is completely unsupportive of gay people. The Presbyterian Church in the USA is the most recent to lift their ban on gay clergy. The Episcopal Church lifted that ban over 30 years ago and now has two gay bishops. The UCC has long been a great friend of gay people. In other denominations the issue of gay people in the church is highly controversial and divisive--which is an improvement from decades past when gay people were a non-negotiable no-no. The fact is that, however, slowly, the institutional churches are coming round to the attitudes of the greater society. Even the Roman catholic leadership (in the US at least) is at odds with the majority of its communicants on this and many other issues, proving that their leadership is a dinosaur while the regular folk in the Roman church actually have more progressive attitudes toward gay people and gay marriage than the general population of the US.

    So, yes, while the "christian leaders" who get a lot of air time remain disgusting, retrograde, anti-intellectual (and probably closeted) and shameless in their attempts to teach people to reject their gay family members, friends and neighbors, they are clearly on the losing side of that crusade.

    BTW--Tony Perkins just needs to get caught. That's all.

    I'd post a bounty for anyone who kidnaps the hard-drive of his laptop.

    Posted by: Danny | Jun 1, 2011 2:42:07 PM

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