Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hate groups and their allies dishonestly petition the media

Southern Poverty Law Center
L. Brent Bozell III — proud irrational theocrat that he is — has composed a rambling eight page “Dear Members of the Media” letter attacking Southern Poverty Law Center. It is signed by the usual coterie of hate group leaders and their allies. In my estimation it will get spiked after one sentence into the second paragraph:
We are writing to you as individuals or as representatives of organizations who are deeply troubled by several recent examples of the media’s use of data from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a “hate group” label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.

The fifth anniversary has just passed of the terrorist event for which the SPLC’s hate map and website were used to target its victims for political assassination. The …
No one capable of any degree of critical thinking believes any of that hyperbolic demagoguery. They attempt to claim that Southern Poverty Law Center — which has strenuously opposed, and worked to end, violence — is somehow responsible for the actions of a deranged individual who injured a guard at FRC's building five years ago because Family Research Council is designated as a hate group. It is as moronic as blaming them if some Jew or African-American tried to shoot up a Ku Klux Klan outpost.

These people take responsibility for nothing. The FRC shooter was motivated by the fact that FRC is a hate group — not by the fact that SPLC lists them as such. I am not justifying violence nor am I making excuses for violence. As a survivor of gun violence myself the FRC incident served as an example for better gun safety. SPLC shares no blame for this incident.

These designated hate groups do violence to LGBT people every day. In particular, their efforts harm LGBT children and the children of LGBT parents. These are the groups that seek to portray us as diseased ungodly perverts who have chosen an abhorrent sexuality. According to them we can, and should, choose not to be gay or transgender. These groups attack LGBT people — not because of anything that they do or don't do — but simply because they are LGBT.

The false notion that SPLC is discredited and intent on punishing political enemies represents cynical rhetoric. None of that is true. The hate groups hope that by repeating a lie often enough it will become the accepted truth as a reward for dishonesty.

I have previously written that these groups want a pass because they are conservative Christians. That is incorrect on my part. What they are really trying to do is to deflect criticism by using their religion as an emotional lever. Moreover, they claim that their beliefs are under attack. That too is false. No one cares what they believe and no LGBT person seeks or requires their approval.

In 1879 the United States Supreme Court came to a very sound decision in Reynolds v. United States. In a unanimous ruling the court concluded that the government could not regulate belief but could regulate conduct. In that tradition and as lawyers Southern Poverty Law Center acts not to sanction belief but to sanction actions. Claiming, for example, that gay people are predisposed to be child molesters is an action that deserves our opprobrium. Similarly, attempting to impose religious dogma on public policy is an action. It is as un-American as the shariah law that these same groups use to fear monger.

One thing that is noticeably absent from this appeal and those that preceded it. It will be absent from those to come (and there will be many more). No one seems to be able to come up with a factual error on the part of SPLC. None of these hate groups seem to be capable of saying “SPLC bases its hate group designation on our having said or done [a hateful act]. We did not do that and we haven't said that. SPLC is incorrect.” Furthermore, none of these groups ever cite correspondence to or from SPLC regarding their designation as a hate group. That tells me that they understand the objective criteria and have no intention of modifying their behavior.

This is also about money. These groups are intent on scaring people in order to raise money. When it comes to LGBT people the fear they spread is that somehow LGBT people are a threat to children. They create what appears to be mass hysteria over events of little or no consequence. A teacher reading from I am Jazz is somehow going to make their kids gender dysphoric which, they claim, is nothing but a fad. GLSEN's Day of Silence causes some of these groups to personally attack gay teachers — and then ask for money lest their kids choose to be gay.

The signatories to this dishonest diatribe (in addition to Bozell):

  • Lt. General (Ret.) William G. Boykin,  Executive Vice President,  Family Research Council
  • The Honorable Edwin Meese III,  Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus,  The Heritage Foundation
  • Clare Lopez,  Vice President for Research & Analysis,  Center for Security Policy
  • Brad Dacus,  President & Counsel,  Pacific Justice Institute
  • Dr. Frank Wright,  President & CEO,  D. James Kennedy Ministries
  • Tony Perkins,  President,  Family Research Council
  • Frank Gaffney,  Founder, President & CEO,  Center for Security Policy
  • Mat Staver,  Founder & Chairman,  Liberty Counsel
  • Michael Farris,  President, CEO & General,  Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Scott Walter,  President,  Capital Research Center
  • David Bozell,  President,  ForAmerica
  • David Yerushalmi,  Robert Muise,  Co-Directors,  American Freedom Law Center
  • Gary Bauer,  President,  American Values
  • David Barton,  Founder & President,  WallBuilders
  • Tom Trento,  Director,  The United West
  • Dr. Tom Benton,  Fellow,  American College of Pediatricians
  • Tim Wildmon,  President,  American Family Association
  • William J. Becker, Jr.,  President & CEO,  Freedom X Law
  • Brigitte Gabriel,  Founder & Chairman,  ACT for America
  • Robert Spencer,  Director,  Jihad Watch
  • Martin Mawyer,  President,  Christian Action Network
  • Dr. Michelle Cretella,  President,  American College of Pediatricians
  • Sandy Rios,  Director of Government Affairs,  American Family Association
  • J. Christian Adams,  President,  Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • Trayce Bradford,  President,  Texas Eagle Forum
  • Austin Ruse,  President,  C-FAM (Center for Family & Human Rights)
  • Dale Wilcox,  Executive Director & General Counsel,  Immigration Reform Law Institute
  • Arthur Goldberg,  Elaine Silodor Berk,  Co-Directors,  Jewish Institute for Global Awareness
  • Jenny Beth Martin,  President & Co-Founder,  Tea Party Patriots
  • Pamela Geller,  Editor in Chief,  American Freedom Defense Initiative
  • Richard Viguerie,  Chairman,  ConservativeHQ.com
  • Christopher Doyle,  Political Consultant and Co-Coordinator,  National Task Force for Therapy Equality,  Equality And Justice For All
  • Andrea Lafferty,  President,  Traditional Values Coalition
  • Professor Ryan Mauro,  National Security Analyst,  Clarion Project
  • Joe Farah,  Founder & CEO,  WND.com
  • Ann Corcoran,  Editor,  Refugee Resettlement Watch
  • James Simpson,  Freelance Investigative Journalist,  Crisisnow.net
  • Michael Cook,  Editor,  Mercatornet.com
  • George Rasley,  Managing Editor,  ConservativeHQ.com
  • Cathy Hinners,  Founder,  Dailyrollcall.com
  • Dr. Jennifer Morse,  Founder and President,  The Ruth Institute
  • Tom DeWeese,  President,  American Policy Center
  • Becky Gerritson,  President,  Wetumpka Tea Party
  • Cathie Adams,  Vice President,  Eagle Forum
  • David Smith,  Executive Director,  Illinois Family Institute
  • Brian Glicklich,  CEO,  How Handy is That, LLC

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