Cuccinelli & Cantor Show Support for “Anti-Gay Hate Group”
Last week, the Family Research Council, began rolling out its campaign against the Southern Poverty Law Center designating their organization as an anti-gay hate group. They published a full-page open letter in Politico and the Washington Post showing support for the organization from GOP members including Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Representative Eric Cantor.
- Gays should be exported from the country;
- The federal government must be overthrown if it allows gay marriage;
- “Moral perverts” need to be kept out of the military;
- There is nothing “conservative” about “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”;
- Homosexual behavior ought to be outlawed;
The controversial firing match between the two organizations began last month when SPLC released its most recent edition of their Intelligence Report with a listing of “18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda.” The SPLC designated 13 of those as hate groups including the FRC because of its track-record.
The SPLC classifies hate groups as those organizations that it has determined “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” The SPLC is known for bringing cases against KKK organizations.
The FRC’s president Tony Perkins is dismissing the hate group designation as a political attack calling the SPLC a liberal organization that smears the campaign of conservatives.
Cantor and Cuccinelli both attached their names to the FRC’s open-letter responding to the hate group designation.
The text of the letter:
The surest sign one is losing a debate is to resort to character assassination. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal fundraising machine whose tactics have been condemned by observers across the political spectrum, is doing just that.
The group, which was once known for combating racial bigotry, is now attacking several groups that uphold Judeo-Christian moral views, including marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
How does the SPLC attack? By labeling its opponents “hate groups.” No discussion. No consideration of the issues. No engagement. No debate! These types of slanderous tactics have been used against voters who signed
petitions and voted for marriage amendments in all thirty states that have considered them, as well as against the millions of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement. Some on the Left have even impugned the
Manhattan Declaration – which upholds the sanctity of life, the value of traditional marriage and the fundamental right of religious freedom – as an anti-gay document and have forced its removal from general communications networks.
This is intolerance pure and simple. Elements of the radical Left are trying to shut down informed discussion of policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures, and the courts.
Tell the radical Left it is time to stop spreading hateful rhetoric attacking individuals and organizations merely for expressing ideas with which they disagree. Our debates can and must remain civil – but they must never be suppressed through personal assaults that aim only to malign an opponent’s character.
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