Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Or at least, lobbies against a resolution condemning it, as my former colleague Dave Weigel reports:

Gay City News and blogger Joe My God dug into the lobbying records of the Family Research Council and found that among the “Civil Rights/Civil Liberties” issues that the FRC’s Tom McCluskey and David Christensen lobbied on was HR 1064, a resolution condemning Uganda’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill. That’s the bill that would assign a seven-year sentence for “homosexuality” and a possible death sentence for “aggravated homosexuality.”


And look at how they portray that resolution:

Should this come as a surprise? Well, it’s the only issue under the “Civil Rights/Civil Liberties” heading that doesn’t actually touch on a change to American laws. The resolution, proposed by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Ca.), spends most of its length arguing that Uganda’s efforts to fight AIDS would be impeded by the law and proclaims that “all people possess an intrinsic human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation, and share fundamental human rights.” In the FRC’s report, this resolution is short-handed as “pro-homosexual promotion.”

Well of course. But taking a stand against killing gays, you’re obviously promoting homosexuality. Here’s their lame explanation of what they were really lobbying for:

Inaccurate internet reports have been circulating indicating that the Family Research Council lobbied “against” a congressional resolution condemning a bill proposed in Uganda. The Uganda bill would have provided for the death penalty for something called “aggravated homosexuality.” Unfortunately, those spreading these false rumors deliberately failed to obtain the facts first.

FRC did not lobby against or oppose passage of the congressional resolution. FRC’s efforts, at the request of Congressional offices, were limited to seeking changes in the language of proposed drafts of the resolution, in order to make it more factually accurate regarding the content of the Uganda bill, and to remove sweeping and inaccurate assertions that homosexual conduct is internationally recognized as a fundamental human right.

FRC does not support the Uganda bill, and does not support the death penalty for homosexuality — nor any other penalty which would have the effect of inhibiting compassionate pastoral, psychological and medical care and treatment for those who experience same-sex attractions or who engage in homosexual conduct.

Yeah, why put them to death or in prison when you can subject them to Clockwork Orange-style “therapy” to “cure” them of something that doesn’t need to be cured. That’s their idea of being “compassionate.”