Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FRC trolls for donors with a promise to contain SPLC

Hate group leader Tony Perkins
Hate group leader Tony Perkins
According to an email from Tony Perkins of Family Research Council: “Help FRC Stop the SPLC Now.” And if all of you clap real loud, Tinkerbell will come back to life.

Then comes some standard boilerplate:
What do actor George Clooney, Apple, and the Washington Post all have in common? They support the radical agenda of the $320 million Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The media, big corporations, and Hollywood are pouring millions into the coffers of the SPLC for one express purpose: to marginalize and ultimately silence the voice of Christians.
It must be galling to average Christians to have a bigot like Tony Perkins presume to speak for them. 75% of Americans are Christian and about two-thirds of Americans support marriage equality. Even if every one of the 25% who are not Christian were to support LGBT rights, that still means that, in all likelihood, a majority of Christians support LGBT rights.

So before trying to demonize big biz and Hollywood (which is often code for Jews) Tony Perkins should address the fact that most people figure that he is at the lunatic fringe of American society. Perkins is a vane and greedy example of the leadership of the Christian right that seems to have left Jesus in the dust a long time ago.

Moreover, the idea that people contribute to SPLC to marginalize and silence Christians is absurd. Perkins simply cannot cope with the fact that Southern Poverty Law Center designates Family Research Council as a hate group. Who does he think he is fooling?

Here comes the fear part of the pitch:
If they succeed, the consequences will be devastating to your family, your children, the church, local schools, and our country. That's why I am writing with so much urgency today!
Really? Of course FRC is a solution to what you fear — if you will only give them enough money (of course there is never enough to satisfy these folks):
FRC's work, in addition to your financial assistance, will help us fight back with our own dedicated campaign calling out the SPLC's radical initiative, that includes...
  • "Teaching tolerance" campaign. SPLC is dead set on putting a militant LGBT curriculum in every single public school classroom in America. Those that oppose their effort are branded a "hate group," including parents who are concerned about their children's education.
  • "Best Practices" handbook. SPLC directs teachers and administrators to create an LGBT-inclusive "school climate" by using gender inclusive language and encouraging students to attend events with same-sex dates.
Isn't it astonishing how often a militant and radical group like FRC uses the words radical and militant to describe others? There is nothing radical or militant about teaching kids to respect sexual minorities and to keep those minorities safe and free from bullying. Less of that would be necessary of groups like Family Research Council would stop disparaging LGBT people. In other words, if they would only stop behaving like the hate group that they are. But they will not. They cannot.

Perkins actually poses an interesting question:
The SPLC's campaign also targets FRC and many other Christian, Catholic, and Pentecostal organizations as "hate groups" -- lumping us in with the KKK and Neo-Nazis.
Why shouldn't FRC be lumped together with Nazis and Klansmen? Does Perkins think that fundamentalist Christianity (which he turns into an appeal to Christian Supremacy) entitles him to a pass? Because they might be less violent? In point of fact, FRC does violence to LGBT people and their families every day. Tony Perkins causes parents to reject their own children and to view them as an enemy. It's all done with lies and distortions. Some of it is cynically done to create the kind of strife that causes some people to donate money to FRC. In that regard it is an appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Yet this is the same Tony Perkins who wants to give Trump a “Mulligan” for his sexist and noxious behavior. He does that for political expediency at a time when true religious leaders should be repelled by Trump and his agenda which is to be the best president possible — for Trump. Trump is a pathological liar and Perkins has never called him out.

And Perkins has a plan. At least he wants people to think that he has a plan:
Exposing the SPLC's radical agenda is one of the highest priorities we have here at FRC in 2018. Part of the resources we raise are dedicated to continue our tracking and researching the ins and outs of the SPLC's radical agenda, exposing it online at sites like SPLCexposed.com, monitoring their activities, and alerting families, Christians, and other concerned citizens about their destructive activities.
There is not much to track. SPLC is extremely transparent. They have nothing to hide. What? That idiotic website cost some money? Perkins would have people believe that his hate group is doing work similar to SPLC. There is a considerable difference in the two organizations. One has the intellectual horsepower, dedication and experience to make good things happen. I will leave you to guess which one that is.

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