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Well, this should be interesting. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is set to feature an organization on her show tonight that has described her as “resentful,” “angry,” “hostile” and “bitter.” What’s more, this group has dismissed her as a “harridan,” “feminist on steroids” and “dragon lady” who is driven by “angry feminist energy” and opposes the “Biblical view of roles in the home.” That seems like more than enough to get banned from a show for life, but what do I know.
It could be that Kelly’s producers have failed to do their homework on the group, the American Family Association (AFA), whose spokesman savaged Kelly after she criticized sexist comments by Erick Erickson. Here are the remarks from May by Bryan Fischer, AFA’s chief spokesman and head of public policy (courtesy of our friends at Right Wing Watch):
Kelly plans to feature AFA tonight because of a flawed report by her colleague Todd Starnes about AFA’s designation as a hate group – which it is. Starnes is a professional alarmist who routinely runs half-baked stories about Christians being under attack. His reporting is factually challenged, to say the least, and he’s prone to wild rhetoric, such as when he said “South Park” should be investigated by the government or that America under Obama is becoming like Germany in the 1930s. By the way, Starnes spoke last week at the AFA-sponsored Values Voter Summit but failed to disclose that in his report on AFA (you don’t have to when you only play a reporter on TV). ( continue to full post… )
Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia cancelled his planned appearance today at the Values Voter Summit. Forbes was set to headline a fundraising luncheon for the American Family Association (AFA), the anti-gay hate group that helps bankroll the conference.
Forbes’ decision came in the wake of a petition and TV ad campaign by Faithful America, a progressive Christian organization. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which publishes Hatewatch, also joined together with national civil rights groups to call on Forbes and other public officials to skip the Values Voter Summit.
Rep. Forbes apparently realized how bad it would look to spend the day raising money for a hate group instead of working on a solution to the government shutdown, which has hit hard in his district. While he has worked closely with the AFA in recent years, his cancellation could mark a break with the group.
Mainstream conservatives shouldn’t have anything to do with the kind of bigotry and extremism we see from the AFA. After all, this isn’t a debate about same-sex marriage or abortion. It’s about whether public officials should associate with a group that – as AFA does – blames the Holocaust on gays and says women have no place in political leadership. Forbes is hopefully beginning to understand the difference.
As recently as Sept. 26, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was listed as a confirmed speaker for this afternoon at the Values Voter Summit – the annual religious-right conference hosted by prominent anti-LGBT hate groups like the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association.
But on that day, we criticized Jindal for appointing the FRC’s president, Tony Perkins, to a state law enforcement commission. Not only is the FRC an anti-LGBT hate group, we observed, but Perkins has a checkered history concerning race and ethics and even failed to attend meetings for the other Louisiana commission he sits on – the Commission on Marriage and Family.
We also noted that Jindal was scheduled to speak, as he’s done in the past, at the Values Voter Summit. Later that day, the conference schedule was updated to change Jindal from “confirmed” to “invited.”
Then on Monday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, publisher of Hatewatch, joined with a number of human rights groups to send a letter to Jindal calling on him to not lend the prestige of his office to the conference. Later in the day, Jindal spokesperson Kyle Plotkin told the Times Picayune that Jindal would not be attending due to a scheduling conflict. And yesterday Plotkin told the Baton Rouge Advocate, “We unfortunately are not able to attend the event because of a scheduling conflict, but we wish all the participants the best.”
The timing of Jindal’s scheduling conflict is convenient, to say the least. He switched from confirmed to invited on Sept. 26 after being criticized for the Perkins appointment (as you can see below) and then dropped off altogether after the letter was sent to reporters on October 7.
Regardless of why he skipped the event, what matters at the end of the day is that Jindal isn’t lending his support to groups that demonize LGBT with falsehoods. In the future, we hope that public officials will not cite scheduling conflicts but rather the bigotry and extremism at the core of the event’s organizers.
While some members of Congress will spend Friday working to end the government shutdown, Rep. Randy Forbes plans to raise money for the American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group. As the Virginian-Pilot reports, Forbes is “scheduled to speak at a $40-a-plate American Family Association luncheon” at the Values Voter Summit that begins Friday in Washington.
That’s why Faithful America, a progressive Christian organization, launched a TV ad this week calling on Forbes to cancel the appearance. Watch:
Faithful America noted that Forbes, who founded the Congressional Prayer Caucus, “holds himself up as a Christian leader” but “there’s nothing Christian about the hateful rhetoric of the American Family Association.” In a related effort, the Southern Poverty Law Center joined with Faithful America, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and People For the American Way to call on public officials, including Forbes, to avoid the Values Voter Summit altogether. Read the groups’ letter [PDF]. ( continue to full post… )
Scott Lively, leader of Abiding Truth Ministries and the co-author of a revisionist work that blames gay men for the Nazi Party who, ultimately, had a hand in the Holocaust, has decided to run for governor of the state of Massachusetts as an Independent. The election is slated for November 4, 2014.
Lively made an announcement about his decision yesterday on his blog, Scott Lively Ministries, stating that “a true conservative independent could win the governorship,” since, by his reasoning, the Massachusetts Republican party is “controlled by moderate to liberal ‘progressives’ and the Democrats are virtual communists.” Both parties, Lively asserts, “embrace and champion the culture of death.” ( continue to full post… )
Bradlee Dean, the bombastic Minnesota Christian rocker whose venomous defamations of LGBT people (see here, here, and here) and controversial scare tactics at school assemblies have earned him a reputation as an anti-gay hatemonger, seems to have fallen on hard times.
Aaron Rupar, writing at Minneapolis Citypages, notes that the Annandale, Minn., headquarters for Dean’s youth ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCR), went up for rent earlier this month. Rupar further notes that Dean’s staffers, including his infamous “street teams,” have all walked out on him. Some of those teams raised eyebrows last year over what looked like improper fundraising when members solicited donors at a public location by claiming YCR was a “suicide prevention” organization. ( continue to full post… )
Right-wing pundits, radio hosts and bloggers are celebrating a brand new book purporting to demonstrate that Matthew Shepard’s brutal 1998 murder in Wyoming was not an anti-gay hate crime, but rather a simple drug-motivated crime fueled by crystal methamphetamine. The book is capped by the sensational, and utterly unproven, claim that Shepard had previously engaged in gay sex with his eventual murderer.
These are not new claims — the allegation that the murder was primarily drug-fueled was in fact aired during the trial of Shepard’s killers. Similarly, claims that the chief perpetrator, Aaron McKinney, had had sex with Shepard, had previously surfaced. But McKinney has angrily denied those claims, and they are based on nothing more than hearsay evidence from questionable witnesses.
The book’s central assertions, in fact, are both factually flawed and, at bottom, profoundly irrelevant. They are also essentially recycled. ( continue to full post… )
In the immediate wake of the 2012 election, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on his fellow Republicans to “stop being the stupid party.” He said it was “no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments – enough of that.” Jindal was referring to the infamous remarks by top-tier GOP candidates, most notably former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, about rape and pregnancy.
So much for that! Jindal has appointed Akin’s most prominent defender, Tony Perkins, to a seat on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Perkins is president of the D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-gay hate group known for making its share of “offensive, bizarre comments.” Perkins and the FRC earned that designation by consistently demonizing and smearing gays and lesbians – including calling them pedophiles – with falsehoods. ( continue to full post… )
A day after posting a bizarre, one-source story about a transgender teacher under the byline of The Associated Press, a website run by the anti-LGBT hate group American Family Association (AFA) has quietly changed its attribution.
The change, made today without comment on the OneNewsNow site, amounted to an admission from the group that claims gay men orchestrated the Nazi Holocaust that the article had nothing to do with The AP, a serious and respected newswire. The site only changed the attribution of the story after the intrepid Good As You site, followed by several other pro-LGBT blogs, pointed out the false attribution and accused the AFA of a “likely … attempt to add legitimacy to this skewed report.” ( continue to full post… )
Anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively is known both for his bizarre theories – notably his long-running thesis that gays were responsible for the Holocaust – and for his ability to stir up anti-gay sentiment abroad, particularly in places like Uganda, for which he eagerly claims credit.
His latest claims and theories fit the pattern: Lively now claims that he inspired Russian President Vladimir Putin – whom he warmly describes as “the only world leader capable of standing up to the West … championing the traditional marriage and Christian values” – to sign a ban on “homosexual propaganda” into law. Oh, and by the way, President Obama seems also to probably be the Antichrist.
NBC News’ Tony Dokoupil interviewed Lively recently, and Lively repeated his previous claim that he inspired the spate of anti-LGBT legislation that has been enacted in Russia in recent years. “Yes, I think I influenced the Russian law,” Lively said.
The NBC report noted that there is some substance to the claim. Boris Dittricht, the chief LGBT advocate for Human Rights Watch, notes that there was no shortage of homophobia in Russian culture before Lively arrived, but observed that “the American pastor appears to have given shape to that free-floating hatred.” Dittrich noted that public bans on homosexual propaganda followed shortly after Lively would pass through those regions, preaching and promoting just such a solution by meeting with politicians and appearing with them in public. Before Putin made it a national standard, more than a half-dozen jurisdictions had passed such bans. ( continue to full post… )