Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mat Staver is vewy upset with Right Wing Watch

Mat Staver
Hate group leader Mat Staver is displeased with Right Wing Watch (AKA Wingnut Depot). Last Tuesday, RWW's Miranda Blue wrote: “Mat Staver: Anti-Gay Groups Being Treated Like Jews In Nazi Germany.” Therein, she quoted Mat Staver's very words making Third Reich comparisons. That did not sit well with the people at Liberty Counsel. Not only do they want to correct the record but they found it necessary to express just how utterly awful the folks at Right Wing Watch are (because argument ad hominem is so compelling):

I received the following email late Friday afternoon:

More Fake News from Right Wing Watch

Right Wing Watch (RWW) is a known purveyor of fake news which intentionally lies about the people it covers and has a clear agenda to denigrate and dehumanize its subjects. RWW has people listening to every Christian radio broadcast and then prints statements out of context using outrageous titles for its articles that are not true. RWW creates these false article titles so that they can be tweeted and re-tweeted. The article title becomes the news even when the body of the article does not support the false title. Even worse, unethical writers (not worthy of being called “journalists”) repeat the false stories never once checking with the original source. Right Wing Watch recently published an article disconnecting the title from the body of the article that was republished by Huffington Post, Towleroad and The Advocate. The title stated Mat Staver (they can never use that name without adding a negative modifier) allegedly said that "Anti-gay groups being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany." But Staver never made such a statement during a recent radio interview.
Here is what Ms. Blue actually quoted:
“I think that’s a question that everyone listening here needs to answer,” he said, “I think we’ve crossed the line and we can’t let this go any further. We’ve got to push back, it cannot happen like this. You know, if you go back into the 1930s, what ultimately happened back then with the Jews—and history, you know, there’s other histories you can point to—but they began to ultimately ban Jews from public employment, then ban Jews from their private employment, then put a Star of David on their ID and a Star of David on their passport, restrict their travel, restrict their income opportunity, and eventually you know what happened, we had to fight a World War II over that issue.”
It is worth noting that Liberty Counsel has not attempted to correct the actually quoted material. It seems that their problem is with Blue's headline which I find accurate. What Staver fails to appreciate is that Jews (including me) find Holocaust imagery used in this manner to be extremely offensive. We all have branches of our families that literally went up in smoke. There is no valid comparison to the systematic murder of six million Jews under cover of law and official public policy. I know for a fact that the Anti-Defamation League has contacted Staver on more than one occasion concerning these comparisons. He chooses to ignore ADL's guidance.

Moreover, Staver's statement is factually incorrect. The United States did not enter World War II because of the plight of Jews in Europe. At the time the United States was indifferent to their suffering. Furthermore, if Mr. Staver doesn't like negative modifiers attached to his name then he should stop warranting their use by his abject bigotry.

Liberty Counsel's mindless rant continues. Yet it confirms that Staver made the offensive comparison:
In the radio interview, Staver talked about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) publishing a false and defamatory "hate group" label against groups with which the SPLC disagrees on the matter of marriage. He called on the SPLC to stop and called on everyone to step back, take a deep breath, and have civil dialogue. Staver went on to say there are instances throughout history where people have dehumanized other humans, and noted that the Nazis began with prohibiting Jews from public and private employment and forced them to wear a Star of David or display it on their ID and passports. Staver never compared pro-family groups (what RWW calls "anti-gay") with the Jews in Nazi Germany. There is no comparison to what the Jews experienced under Nazism. Nor did Staver say, as RWW alleges, that removal of Confederate monuments was part of a larger civil war on our values. This is nonsense.
Mr. Staver has a habit of repeating “false and defamatory” with respect to SPLC's hate group designation. Yet he has never specified what exactly it is that SPLC is incorrect about. If Staver doesn't like Liberty Counsel being called a hate group then Liberty Counsel should stop behaving like a hate group.

Last time I checked, Mat and Anita Staver were responsible for the behavior of Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel's culture is a product of their biases and misconceptions. Speaking of history, it will undoubtedly not be kind to the Stavers. They are responsible for attempting to marginalize a minority group, not SPLC. They accept no responsibility whatsoever. Everyone else is at fault for their sociopathy.

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