Friday, October 11, 2013

Rubio to keynote Florida hate group dinner

I am nothing short of appalled that one of my senators, Marco Rubio, will be keynoting a Florida Family Policy Council event. In doing so, he is providing credibility to a fringe group that is most notable for its anti-gay rhetoric. That's Christian pseudo-historian Eric Metaxas in the center flanked by Mat Staver (who will be receiving an award from FFPC that evening) and Rubio. Mat Staver is a rabidly anti-gay bigot. Staver, the founder of Liberty Council, has claimed that the homosexual agenda™ is a threat to western civilization. That's nice company Rubio keeps.

By any reasonable assessment, Florida Family Policy Council is an anti-gay hate group. Its head, John Stemberger, has an extensive history of anti-gay animus as documented by GLAAD. Furthermore, he is so outraged that the Boy Scouts are accepting gay boys, starting in 2014, that he has started an alternative scouting group premised on sustaining anti-gay discrimination. The new group effectively excludes Jews and other non-Christians as well. The website of FFPC includes an extensive section on Leaving the Gay Lifestyle. The Gay Rights section of the site relies primarily on thoroughly discredited material from American Family Association and Family Research Council — both designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Stemberger has opposed even the most basic non-discrimination protections for Florida's gay citizens. In that regard, he has said:
These are not just people who have a same sex attraction and want to be left alone to freely define themselves. This is a radical group of political operatives who want to force their aberrant views on human sexuality upon the rest of society by the mandate and penalty of law.
Apparently, Senator Rubio represents conservative Christians to the exclusion of other citizens and taxpayers.
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