Tea Party Supports Hate Group – American Family Association

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A coalition of human rights groups is calling on members of the Tea Party and other public officials not to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because the event host and its key co-sponsor – the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) – have long records of vilifying the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.

“Public officials need to know the real ‘values’ they’re endorsing when they attend the Values Voter Summit,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. “Offensive and bigoted lies are not magically transformed into the truth just because a group with the word ‘family’ in its name keeps repeating them.”

The coalition letter was signed by the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, People For the American Way, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The letter describes how the FRC has repeatedly portrayed gay men and lesbians as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted and a threat to the nation. It points out that FRC President Tony Perkins has gone so far as to describe the “It Gets Better” campaign – an effort to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow – as “disgusting” and part of a “concerted effort” to “recruit” children into the gay “lifestyle.”

The letter also points out that Bryan Fischer, AFA spokesman and director of issue analysis, has blamed gay men for the Holocaust and the Nazi Party. “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews,” Fischer has written.

Fischer and the AFA’s bigotry are not limited to the LGBT community. Fischer has said that African Americans “rut like rabbits” and argued that women should be kicked out of politics and the military. He’s also stated that Hispanics are “socialists by nature” and come here to “plunder” our country.

Standing in front of a Confederate flag, Perkins once addressed a group that had described black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.” His speech came two years after the Republican National Committee urged public officials to shun the group because of its bigotry.

The coalition letter urges public officials invited to speak at FRC/AFA event “to not lend the prestige of [their]office to the summit,” which begins Friday. The members of Congress invited to speak  include Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Tim Scott, and Reps. Paul Ryan, Randy Forbes, Michele Bachmann, Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Steve Scalise, and Scott Turner.


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  1. Douglas Hamner on

    So according to the author if you do not believe in gay marrage or the homosexual lifestyle you are a hate group? But if you are an extreme left wing group with a history of violence like Glaad or the Council of La Raza ( they want to overthrow the southwest and call it Atzlan) then thats fine. If your going to print this dribble please remove it from the “news” section and call it an editorial.

    • As I responded to the other poster, “not believing in gay marriage” is much different than writing, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military
      gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews,”
      Fischer, the Director of AFA has written.

      And Douglas, you just compared ‘hate speech’ to ‘violent acts’, so please tell us how that is an adequate comparison?

      You should know that many of the speakers cancelled their appearance to this event once they realized who was running the event. Names of organizations can be highly misleading which is intended. That’s the real reason the IRS was investigating conservative groups because they set up Astroturf non-profit organizations with misleading names and then peddle bullshit research and funnel cash to political candidates. The latter of which is in strict violation of their non-profit status.

      • Funny how “Astroturf” movements elected 30 members of the House. Keep up your talking points and publish articles about how hate speech is bad while your leftist representatives call others terrorist and arsonists. You know, people aren’t as stupid as all you left wingers think, and they can see through your hypocritical fog pretty clearly.

      • Yes they did in 2010, but lost badly in 2012. And, if you read actual polls that aren’t published on Fox news, you will learn that real Americans regret that decision.

        However, there remain large pockets of ignorance located throughout the south and Midwest who watch Fox and listen to conservative blowhards raising the level of rhetoric in this country spawning hate and bigotry with despise for our government, but that circle is getting smaller. You can hate our government, just don’t bother running for office and damaging our good faith and reputation among global interests.

        If there is one thing the “Patriots” should have learned was not to mess with this country, because they embarrassed themselves and lost all the way around. It backfired and real Americans are fed up.

      • Oh, that’s right, only leftist media polls are accurate, even though they too show just how much distain the American people have with our current President. All time low approval ratings for P Bo two weeks ago, and that WASN’T from a FoxNews poll. And again, your talking points are getting old! Anytime you have a grief, it’s always either Bush’s fault or you start bashing FoxNews… Get some new material please!

      • Who said anything about GWB or leftist polls?

        You are arguing with yourself on this topic…we receive Gallup polls and Americans don’t have a “distain” for President Obama, but they sure do for congress.

        The “tea party brand” who do have a disdain for the POTUS are having difficulty providing evidence to support how disastrous his policies have been since his Wall Street performance now exceeds Ronald Reagan’s, and the size of government is lower than it has been in decades.

        So, if he’s a socialist and disaster, where is the evidence supporting this?

      • No, I’m not arguing with myself, you mentioned leftist polls when saying, “if you read polls that aren’t published on Fox News,” so in that context, who said anything about Obama being a socialist and disaster?

        As for the evidence of his poor approval ratings, which show him at an all time low of 42%, well below the majority, here’s a poll from a left-leaning network published on a super left-leaning website.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/obama-approval-poll_n_4179530.html

      • Why do you keep moving the discussion?

        We were talking about congress’s approval ratings – you know the Tea Party caucus elected in 2010. While Obama’s “approval rating is 42%”, guess what congress’s is? Based on the exact same poll, “The public’s view of the Republican Party has reached another all-time
        low in the survey, with 22 percent seeing the GOP in a positive light
        and 53 percent viewing it negatively”, for a net approval of NEGATIVE 31%.”

        Not sure, but I’d much rather have a mere 42% positive approval rating versus a negative 31% – wouldn’t you?

  2. Having Christian morals and values, supporting the traditional family is now considered hate? So I guess the Catholic Church is a Hate Group now? Talk about ignorance on people. Sounds like the g-ay mafia is acting the same way the Brown Shirts did (many who were hom-o-s-xual), to repress any opposing viewpoint thur hate and propaganda of their own.

    • Actually Chad, having Christian or Hindu religious beliefs is different than morals. You can be an atheist and still have morals.

      However, when your organization sends out letters describing “gay men and
      lesbians as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted and a threat to
      the nation”, I am not sure what values you are trying to share.

      So, help me with this…what does your moral beliefs have to do with character assassination using large stereotypical brushes?

      • you are taking things out of quotations. Yes, having g-ay men in the military is a threat to our national defense. Yes, homosxual sxual acts are evil, and so is the promotion of such. Yes, there is a history of violence, lesbians couples have some of the highest rates of domestic violence. And we have seen violence against Christians/Churches as well by homsxual groups, look at what happened after Prop 8 passed in California.

        Character assassination? Saying you believe that a man having sex with another man, or a woman having sex with another woman is immoral, is not character assassination, it is having a moral standards. And Yes, I know Atheist who believe it is wrong, and unnatural, as well.

        Call homosexuality, gay, lesbian, whatever you want – it is still two people engaging in what most of the world considered perverted sxual acts, or the desire to engage in such acts.

        Stating you believe that s-ex should only be between one man and one woman, united in marriage is high moral value that many old to be the truth.

      • Very interesting church you go to that speaks of these evils perpetrated by gays and lesbians. Please let the readers know about these spiritual entities that share this kind of hatred.

        In Indiana, the Interfaith Council representing all faiths came out in opposition against Indiana’s attempt to discriminate against gay marriage since they believe in everyone having the ability to marry someone they love.

        Why do you think that is a threat to the nation?

        Again, this is America, so you can believe whatever you wish, but when you impose your beliefs on to another individual or group, you’ve crossed the line. Correct? When you blanket hate comments like all gays are evil then all you’re doing is judging others, and I’m pretty sure the leader of the Christian movement even spoke against such wrong actions. Did he not?