Thursday, August 3, 2017

AFA: "Liberty Counsel tiring of tolerating 'hate' label"

Mat Staver
Poor Mr. Staver. The hate group leader is finding it tedious for Liberty Counsel to be labeled a hate group. Is Staver actually threatening SPLC? Popcorn futures would soar on that news.

American Family Association, a hate group, is championing the cause of Liberty Counsel. This bit of wisdom comes from Charlie Butts (they all have porn names) at AFA's faux news blog.

Before I get into this, if Mat Staver, leader of Liberty Counsel, is tired of being labeled a hate group, the obvious solution is to stop acting like a hate group leader. The Southern Poverty Law Center is quite specific about why Liberty Counsel is designated an anti-LGBT hate group. Staver can correct his conduct any time he chooses to do so.

Just today I received an email from Mr. Staver regarding Gavin Grimm. He intentionally uses the wrong pronouns to make a point. We get it. Staver does not approve of transgender people and desires to display his contempt. He can expect to be called a hate group leader in perpetuity.

Getting back to Butts:
A recent incident involved using the SPLC's categorization of hate groups to target Liberty Counsel. Founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow that Norton Security Software blocked access to Liberty Counsel's website, describing it as a hate group. Norton Security Software is owned by Symantec, which also owns LifeLock.

"No doubt [they're] getting this information from the Southern Poverty Law Center or possibly even GuideStar, which got it from the SPLC," Staver says. "We sent a demand letter that they unblock the site because it's not a hate site, and doesn't have hate speech or any kind of issues relating to hate."
Really? Well, here is part of the aforementioned email and it is on LC's website:
The Court of Appeals had previously scheduled arguments for September in Gavin Grimm's case against the Gloucester County School Board. However, because Grimm recently graduated, this federal lawsuit over a girl’s demand to use the boy's bathroom at her high school is being sent back to a lower court. Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief on behalf of Dr. Judith Reisman and the Center for Child Protection Institute in the case.

Gavin Grimm, the student who brought the lawsuit, is a biological girl who now says she subjectively "identifies" as a “boy.” When Grimm began using the boys’ restroom, parents complained. Then the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.
So allow me to elaborate the hate:
  • Referring to a transgender person by incorrect pronouns does violence to transgender people, particularly trans youth. Staver insists on displaying his contempt for trans people. Contempt is hate. 
  • Grimm is a transgender boy — not a girl — and should be referred to as such.
  • Claiming that gender dysphoria is “subjective” is medically incorrect. Staver is demonstrating his contempt for trans people. Contempt is hate.
  • I profess that I am mystified why the word identifies is in quotes. Putting “boy” in quotes means that Staver is showing contempt for the concept of gender. Contempt is hate.
This is just one example from today. SPLC cites many more examples on their website. More recently, SPLC president Richard Cohen responded to Liberty Counsel's attacks on GuideStar USA:
"We stand ready to support our designation of Liberty Counsel as a hate group. "Liberty Counsel is a group that has consistently called LGBT people 'immoral, unnatural and self-destructive.' It has a track record of attempting to criminalize homosexual conduct and to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community.

"There is nothing 'pro-family' about dehumanizing LGBT people. This lawsuit and other recent attacks against GuideStar are simply attempts to distract the public from Liberty Counsel’s hateful agenda."
Again, back to Butts (quoting Staver):
"But unfortunately what happens is the SPLC's false and defamatory and dangerous labels of 'hate' or 'hate group' are relied upon without critical investigation by people and organizations, and they just parrot the same thing," he says. "That's what this organization did."

Staver says his firm "is not going to tolerate it anymore."

The SPLC also lists several other conservative and faith-based organizations as hate groups – among them the American Family Association, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom, ACT for America, The Heritage Foundation, and Judicial Watch.
Ordinarily the word false suggests something that is factually incorrect. Staver fails to demonstrate what that is. SPLC's designation as based upon Liberty Counsel's own words, most of which are attributable to Staver. If he has been misquoted or quoted out of context he fails to offer specifics. Defamatory is usually a legal word indicating libelous speech. Staver fails to specify the speech that he objects to (other than the designation as a hate group).

Staver has no choice but to tolerate the designation for as long as Liberty Counsel is so designated. Is Staver threatening to sue SPLC? Go ahead Mr. Staver. I dare you to do so!

Regardless of SPLC, Liberty Counsel is a hate group. Staver insists that we are diseased perverts and child molesters. The following is from an April 13, 2016 email:
"The once great Boy Scotts of America has taken a great fall when it changes the longstanding policy to allow homosexual scout leaders and members. This change in policy is fraught with danger. While there are ways for churches to protect their integrity and the safety of their young boys, the best alternative is to abandon the scouts because the scouts abandoned them. Trail Life USA is the best alternative to the failed BSA program," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "Liberty Counsel will continue to defend the right of churches to make employment and volunteer decisions based on church religious beliefs and the teachings of the Bible," said Staver.
I have many others and all of this is on their website.

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