Wayne Besen: A Gunman's 'Associate'? A 'Murderous Homosexual'?

Wayne_besen-766081Getting Wayne Besen off The O'Reilly Factor has, in the past 48 hours, become an obsession on the anti-gay right. Andrew Belonsky wrote about its first stirrings on Thursday, when several ex-gay groups jointly published a press release directed at FOX News, the nastiest paragraph of which might have been:

We ask the News Corporation, Fox News, and Bill O'Reilly to find more ethical spokespersons for the liberal view of sexuality. In their infamous Washington Post ad accusing FRC of hateful values, Besen and the SPLC claim that "words have consequences."  Yes, they do. And Besen's may lead to violence.

Wayne Besen is the founder of Truth Wins Out, and he occasionally appears on television to say nice things about the Southern Poverty Law Center -- the same Southern Poverty Law Center that's labeled the Family Research Center a "hate group" (partially because the FRC has stumped for legislation legalizing the execution of "repeat homosexual offenders" in Uganda), and who, therefore, are supposedly responsible for last week's non-fatal shooting of an FRC security guard by a crazyperson.

Now, the anti-Besenites have become totally unglued. They've penned a petition, bound for FOX News and signed by such headlining homophobes as Scott Lively, Matt Barber, Matt Staver, and Peter LaBarbera, in which they accuse Besen of being an "associate" of the FRC gunman. They ask readers to sign the petition, and finish off with this PS:

P.S. Thank you for standing with us against anti-Christian violence by murderous homosexuals.  Please forward this free petition widely to your friends!

Even Peter LaBarbera -- even Bryan Fischer -- has never before gone quite so far as to call a famous, non-violent gay activist "murderous." This is usually Fred Phelps's territory.

Wayne Besen responds here.

FOX Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazi Group Patroling Sanford, Florida a 'Civil Rights' Group: VIDEO

NsmLate yesterday, Brandon made note of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States according to the SPLC, which is patrolling Sanford, Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing,  to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety."

Fox Orlando affiliate, WOFL, broadcast a shocking, uncritical report yesterday, calling the neo-Nazis a "civil rights group"

Watch WOFL's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the group's background from Pam Spaulding HERE.

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Loudoun County Democrats Call for Resignation of Anti-Gay Hate Group Leader and Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio

Loudoon County, Virginia Democrats on Monday called for Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s resignation on Monday following the designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this month of Delgaudio's conservative nonprofit organization, Public Advocate of the United States, as a "hate group".

DelgaudioEvan Macbeth, chairman of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, said the time has come for Delgaudio, who won his fourth term as supervisor in November, to step down.

 “Loudoun County is no place for hatred and bigotry,” Macbeth said in a statement Monday. “The people of Loudoun deserve much better from their elected leaders than Eugene Delgaudio.”

You may recall that Delgaudio fought tooth and nail against an anti-discrimination ordinance in Loudon County, labeling transgender people "it" and "real life Tootsies" and has had an ongoing campaign against the Student Non-Discrimination Act which included an email sent out by the Weekly Standard warning people that federal anti-bullying legislation is a secret plan to "indoctrinate" children with "homosexual propaganda".

Said Delgaudio in an interview today with the WaPo:

“Now a no-name organization is on [the SPLC] list,. They’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when they have to kick the Italian guy...Liberals will always cry when they lose, and they lose every time they come up against me...I think the term anti-gay is wrong, but I’m not going to cry about it. I would categorize [Public Advocate] as pro-family, pro-traditional marriage..."

Southern Poverty Law Center Designates 11 New Anti-Gay Hate Groups in Report on Rise of Extremism

PatriotThe Southern Poverty Law Center has just issued a new report showing that extremist groups are at record levels. The report also adds 11 groups to the organization's list of designated anti-gay hate groups.

Those groups are:

United Families International, Save California, Sons of Thundr (Faith Baptist Church), You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide, Parents Action League, Jewish Political Action Committee, Mission: America, Windsor Hills Baptist Church, True Light Pentecost Church, Tom Brown Ministries, and Public Advocate of the United States.

SPLC writes:

The SPLC report details the growth of hate groups to a record 1,018 in 2011, up from 1,002 the year before and the latest in a series of increases going back more than a decade. But the dramatic growth came in the Patriot movement, which is composed of armed militias and other conspiracy-minded organizations that see the federal government as their primary enemy. These groups saw their numbers skyrocket for the third straight year in 2011, this time by 55 percent - from 824 in 2010 to 1,274 groups last year. In 2008, just before the Patriot movement took off, there were 149 Patriot groups, a number that metastasized to 512 in 2009.

In all, Patriot groups have increased by 755 percent during the first three years of the Obama administration. Their number has now surpassed - by more than 400 groups - the previous all-time high set in 1996, when the first wave of the militia movement peaked shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead.

...The hate groups listed in this report include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists. Other hate groups on the list target LGBT people, Muslims or immigrants, and some specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust.


Lesbian Iraq War Veteran Files Suit Challenging DOMA: VIDEO


Tracey Cooper-Harris and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit yesterday against the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cooper-Harris is a decorated Iraq War Veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, and the regional VA medical center has determined that her illnesses are "service-related"

Cooperharris_uniformStill, despite the fact that Cooper-Harris married her spouse Maggie in 2008 when it was legal in California, the U.S. government is still dispensing her health benefits at a rate paid to single veterans. Cooper-Harris believes there is a high probability she may die from her illnesses and is concerned that Maggie will not receive the compensation given to heterosexual married surviving spouses.

Said Cooper-Harris to The L.A. Times: "There is a good likelihood that multiple sclerosis will cause my death, and I just want to make sure that whatever benefits are available, that Maggie gets them if I do die."

The paper notes that Cooper-Harris received "more than 20 medals during a dozen years of Army service, was honorably discharged in 2003...and provided care for military animals in the war theater, such as explosives-sniffing dogs."

Now the SPLC is challenging DOMA on her behalf:

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Cooper-Harris and her partner, charging that the Department of Veterans Affairs discriminated against them by denying these benefits but granting them to spouses in heterosexual marriages. It also charges the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it bans federal agencies from recognizing such same-sex marriages, denying these couples benefits available to couples in heterosexual marriages

Watch Joe Levin and Christine Sun of the SPLC talk about the lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

(images via splc)

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