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From the 04.22.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

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bspolitics:

There’s a video at the link.

A religious leader literally preaching to kiss the wealthy’s ass. There is something so incredibly disgusting about this.

Plus, I really don’t think Mr. Christ would approve …

From the 04.14.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point

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The Washington Times repeated the myth that the FBI has ended its relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), ignoring that the FBI had already debunked that claim and distorting SPLC’s work against domestic hate groups.

In a March 28 editorial, the Times savagely attacked SPLC founder Morris Dees - asserting that he founded the nonprofit in part “to get rich” - baselessly charging that SPLC defines “hate crimes” as “Christian opposition to same-sex marriage.” The Times then applauded the FBI for cutting off ties with the group - something it didn’t actually do:

The SPLC never identifies the hate groups about to engulf the land, who they are or where they are assembling their regiments of engulfers. With the Ku Klux Klan shrinking to insignificance, the SPLC, which is thought to be sitting on a treasury of a quarter of a billion dollars, has lately turned its lurid appeals to prosperous but frightened gays.

"Hate crimes" by SPLC definition now include Christian opposition to same-sex marriage.

This week it emerged that the FBI, which has included SPLC data as “a resource,” has finally severed its link with the organization and dumped SPLC from the bureau’s Hate Crime Web page.

The FBI offered no explanation of why now, but the dumping follows appeals of 15 family groups to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey to sever the connection. We think that was a good day’s work.

In just a few sentences, the Times' editorial board peddles a number of blatant lies about the SPLC.

SPLC does identify hundreds of prominent hate groups across the U.S., which is why it’s so despised by right-wing extremists to begin with.  

SPLC doesn’t considering opposing marriage equality to be a hate crime. The SPLC has identified extreme anti-gay organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) as hate groups because they peddle anti-LGBT smears and misinformation, not because they oppose marriage equality. Despite its strident anti-gay stances, for instance, even the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) isn’t on the SPLC’s list of hate groups.

Meanwhile, the Times' claim that the FBI chose to “sever [its] connection” with the SPLC is merely the latest sign that the paper's editorial board is impervious to factsparticularly when it comes to LGBT issues.

While right-wing media gleefully pounced on the FBI’s decision to remove non-government organizations from a list of “resource” groups on a civil rights page, that decision applied to all non-government organizations, including groups like the Anti-Defamation League, equally. The bureau’s website still lists the SPLC as a “public outreach" partner in the fight against hate crimes.  Days before the Times published its editorial, the FBI contradicted the right-wing media narrative that by telling the Daily Caller that the bureau continues to receive support “from a variety of organizations,” but had simply “elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page.”

Nowhere in its editorial did the Times even acknowledge that the FBI had corrected the record. The paper’s pattern of rabid homophobia is disturbing enough, but its willingness to lie in the service of bigotry is even more appalling.

H/T: Luke Brinker at Equality Matters

Conservative news outlets are hyping a minor website change to suggest that the FBI is distancing itself from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) - a group that monitors hate speech and violence - in response to criticism from anti-gay organizations. But the FBI has issued a statement debunking that narrative and continues to publicly touts its partnership with SPLC on its website.

On March 26, Washington Examiner reporter Paul Bedard asserted that the FBI was ending its relationship with SPLC, noting that a link to the group had been scrubbed from the FBI’s Hate Crime “resources” page and calling it a “significant rejection of the influential legal group”:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as “hate groups” for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI’s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.

The Web page scrubbing, which also included eliminating the Anti-Defamation League, was not announced and came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group — SPLC — that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.

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The FBI had no comment and offered no explanation for its decision to end their website’s relationship with the two groups, leaving just four federal links as hate crime “resources.” The SPLC had no comment.

Bedard’s report has been touted by a number of right-wing media outlets, including The Daily CallerBreitbartWorldNetDaily, and The Blaze, which have framed the change as evidence that the FBI is ending its relationship with SPLC in response to criticism from right-wing anti-gay groups. It’s also being celebrated by a number of extreme anti-gay organizations - like the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) - that have long resented SPLC for labeling them “hate groups.” (Contrary to Bedard’s report, those groups have been labeled “hate groups” for peddling falsehoods about LGBT people, not for “favoring traditional marriage.”

But the claim that the FBI is ending its relationship, or even its website’s relationship, with SPLC in response to right-wing outrage is false. As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper noted, the FBI continues to list SPLC as a partner in the fight against hate crimes on its website.

The right-wing narrative is also contradicted by an official statement from the FBI. In a statement to The Daily Caller, and FBI spokesperson said:

"Upon review, the Civil Rights program only provides links to resources within the federal government," an FBI spokesman told The Daily Caller. "While we appreciate the tremendous support we receive from a variety of organizations, we have elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page."

The FBI’s statement makes sense, given that - as Bedard’s own report noted - a link to the Anti-Defamation League, which focuses primarily on combating anti-Semitism, was also scrubbed from the FBI’s “resources” page.

But a total lack of evidence wasn’t enough to stop The Washington Examiner's Bedard from peddling wild theories about an imagined rift between SPLC and the FBI. And it wasn't enough to stop right-wing media outlets, always hungry for an excuse to smear SPLC and vindicate the reputations of their hate group allies, from running with the story. 

H/T:  Carlos Maza at RWW

American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios said yesterday that she wants to restore the ban on gays in the military because gay people are “disordered” and won’t be able to “provide strong defense for our nation.”

Rios, who is also the AFA’s governmental affairs director, was reacting to a Palm Center study that calls for an end to the military’s prohibition on transgender service members, which led her to a long rant that serves as a great example of heterosexual privilege.

Have we been so lulled into silliness and foolishness that we think that transgendered soldiers who are confused about their sexuality who want to undergo gender reassignment, homosexual soldiers who are constantly thinking about their sexuality — and I say that with authority, having interviewed so many ex-gays and talked about this for years, there is an obsession — their identity, they think, is their sexuality.

How many of you who are heterosexual would first of all say to someone in describing yourself, ‘I’m heterosexual, I have sex with the opposite sex’? You have much more of an identity than that, don’t you? Well for homosexuals, they claim that as an identity, it’s all about sex, so that is a disorder in itself. You can write me, I realize that’s angering words but that is a disorder because that’s not who you are, you are much more than that. It is a disorder, it is disordered thinking and if we think that soldiers that are obsessed with these issues are going to provide strong defense for our nation, I think we are foolishly denying whatever is true.

Previously, Rios claimed that the “homosexual takeover of so much of our military ” has eviscerated military readiness and effectiveness.

Rios also criticized former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who chaired the Palm Center study, for writing a four-paragraph foreword for the book Harmful To Minors, in which she endorsed sexual education for minors in order to combat misinformation and STIs.

Rios said Elders has spent her career “calling for children to be sexually active” and lamented that she is “now urging for trannies to be allowed in the military.”

From the 03.20.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning

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Last week, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was not going to be weighing in publicly on the issue of marriage equality any longer, saying he had learned from his mistakes when his set off a controversy over the issue back in 2012.

Cathy’s new position is not sitting well with Bryan Fischer or Peter LaBarbera, who accused him of selling out the entire anti-gay movement.

"For him now to say I’m going to pull back," fumed LaBarbera, "seems to be just a complete sell out."

LaBarbera went on to lament that gay activists are playing hardball while anti-gay Christians are playing tee-ball “and we’re getting wiped out and every time a leader goes silent, you know, he’s hurting the cause.”

"Now I’m wondering," LaBarbera added, ”did Dan Cathy do more harm than good in this whole thing?”

From the 03.20.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point

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From the 03.17.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point

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Apparently, Benghazi didn’t cause the Ukraine crisis after all. American Family Association radio host Kevin McCullough said yesterday that Russian president Vladimir Putin decided to seize Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula as a result of a drag show fundraiser on a US military base in Okinawa.

McCullough said Putin feels he can “get away” with his invasion of Crimea “because of what he has seen disintegrate culturally right in front of everybody’s eyes in the US” along with “the sissification of our military.”

“Putin looks at the US and we’re having drag shows on our bases,” McCullough continued. “Do developments like this have anything to do with making our military leaders look less impressive in the eyes of the world? For instance, does Mr. Putin sit there and go, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to do anything Obama says because number one, he can’t keep his word, and number two, your military is now having drag shows on its bases.’”

From the 03.04.2014 edition of AFR’s AFA Today:

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On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer read from a post by Pamela Geller warning that hundreds of Muslims refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria were arriving in the United States, a development which Fischer vehemently opposed because the only refugees that the United States should accept are Christians who are fleeing Muslim persecution.

Arguing that nobody is vetting these Syrian refugees in order to determine”if they’ve been involved in jihad,” Fischer asserted that "if we’re going to bring refugees from the war-torn nation of Syria, it ought to be reserved for Christian refugees who are fleeing Muslim persecution."

From the 02.25.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

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