Dispatches from the Creation Wars

SPLC Calls Religious Right Groups Hateful

The Southern Poverty Law Center has added several “mainstream” religious right groups to their list of hate groups for their zealous opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians, including the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. And the theocons are throwing quite a fit over it.

I’ve said many times that I think the SPLC sometimes paints with too broad a brush so it’s always a good idea to examine the evidence on which they base such conclusions. You can see their report on these anti-gay groups here and judge for yourself. I think they make a stronger case against some than against others.

“No organization better defines what a hate group is all about than the Southern Poverty Law Center,” said Robert Knight, Washington correspondent for Coral Ridge Ministries. “Smearing legitimate groups merely for disagreeing about homosexuality is a very hateful act.”

But the evidence is pretty good in some cases. The American Family Association, for example, has hired Bryan Fischer as one of their chief spokesmen and he has repeatedly offered views that are bigoted and hateful beyond any legitimate doubt. For example, he has argued for forcing gays and lesbians into “reparative therapy” to “cure” them. He has called gays “domestic terrorists.”

Most bizarrely, he has claimed that Adolf Hitler and all the leading Nazis were militant homosexuals, declaring, “[h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” He claims that only homosexuals could be as savage as the Nazis were.

Is this bigotry and hatred? Of course it is. No reasonable person could conclude otherwise.


  1. #1 cgauthier
    November 30, 2010

    Michael Heath @15


    “Christianity consists of a series of elaborate arguments to explain why its morally necessary for anyone who’s not a Christian to die and suffer infinite torture.”

    I’ve not encountered these elaborate arguments. Instead I’ve observed a set of talking points that can’t withstand even the mildest scrutiny coupled to fiercely determined avoidance tactics.

    If you ever have easy access to any that are compelling rather than absurd I’d love to get a link.

    Some pretty serious thinkers throughout history have used pretty elaborate arguments in their xian apologia throughout the centuries. It’s all bullshit and easily refuted, point by point, but, as a whole, elaborate nonetheless.

    Some might be surprised to learn that elaborate = compelling…





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