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Friday, December 10, 2010

SPLC: Gays Under Attack


In today's mail I received the latest issue of the Intelligence Report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center.




The cover story is Under Attack: Statistics Reflect Grim Reality: Gays Remain The Most Targeted Minority In America.



Responding to the wave of teen suicides — including, most dramatically, that of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who leaped off the George Washington Bridge in New York City in September — anti-gay leaders instead blamed those who sought to protect students from bullying.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said gay rights activists “pressure these students to declare a disordered sexual preference when they’re too young to know better, [so] they share some culpability.” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a key critic of anti-bullying programs, said gay activists were “exploiting these tragedies to push their agenda.” He said that gay kids may know “intuitively” that their desires are “abnormal” and that the claim, pushed by gay activists, that they can’t change “may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide.” Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said those activists want “to use the tragedies to increase pressure on the real victims: Christians.”
Can you believe that? Christians are the "real victims" according to these anti-gay zealots. You will also want to read
  1. Ten Anti-Gay Myths Debunked
  2. Anti-Gay Movement Fuels Hate Violence
  3. 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda
  4. Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math
  5. Jamaica's Anti-Gay "Murder Message" Carries Violent Message
Thanks to the SPLC for this issue.

The best way to counter this is to stand up and be counted.

In Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia please support:
  1. PFLAG Tri-Cities
  2. PFLAG Abingdon/Washington County Virginia
  3. Tennessee Equality Project (Tri-Cities)
  4. Northeast Tennessee Pride
  5. LGBTieS (ETSU)
  6. Open Door Society (Tusculum)

2 comments:

Bob said...

It's hard to believe. Those statements you highlighted from the officials from American Family Association, Family Research Council and Liberty Council are outrageous.

Tony and Mike said...

John, sometimes we all need a little inspiration. I recently found some from a 14 year old who has only been out of the closet for a year. He appeared on Ellen's show discussing what he did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOIIwmVbzw