Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hate Leads The Republican House

And John Boehner is going to be the next Speaker of The House????

A very interesting article on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) web site: SPLC Responds to Attack by FRC, Conservative Republicans

At least some Christian leaders understand the concept of hate. Two paragraphs near the end of the article read:

Warren Throckmorton, a respected professor and past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, put it like this the day after my debate with Perkins: “For the most part, the reaction of defenders of the newly labeled hate groups is to avoid addressing the issues the SPLC raised, instead preferring to attack the credibility of the SPLC. Reviewing the charges leveled against the Christian groups, I think their responses are mostly unfortunate and unhelpful. The SPLC has identified some issues which are legitimate and have damaged the credibility of the groups on the list. Going forward, I hope Christians don’t rally around these groups but rather call them to accountability.” After reviewing the SPLC’s list of “10 Myths” about gays and lesbians, he wrote that “much of what is said by Christians about homosexuality is provably false and rooted in ignorance and fear.”

Another Christian website, Canyonwalker Connections, wrote: “Lies are evil. Lies breed fear. … If we repeat the myth enough, maybe it will gain muddy traction and stick. This is what FRC and other Hate Groups do so well. They demonize the gay community. … If the church cannot police our own, perhaps God is using secular organizations to slap His children upside the head? Would not be the first time. I will stand with, beside and in front of my GLBT fellow humans to ensure that they gain equality with me. Family Research Council, you should be more concerned about where you are on God’s list of naughty or nice, sheep or goats. And Southern Poverty Law Center, I applaud you, thank you, really … thank you.”

Hate is wrong. Period. Support the SPLC.


Richard Keefe said...

The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.

In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power.

Some “experts”

Lao Bendan said...

I agree that it is odd. Hypocritical? Someone would have to show me that African Americans regularly apply for those top positions and are turned down. If i see that, then i'd accept hypocritical.

It's not inconceivable that African Americans don't want the jobs. Even the current white employees receive regular death threats; a black employee would be even more threatened.

If i were black, i could easily picture myself saying that it might just be simpler to get a job with a good company, earn the same salary, yet not have to worry whether or not my kids or spouse will make it home tonight.

In any case, i acknowledge your point but dispute your implication. Even in the absolute worst case, even if they were bigots (which i do not believe they are) they could still be "experts."

You can hate their hiring practices, you can fault them for not living up to what they preach, but they do a lot of very good work to right very bad wrongs. Very good work.

You can hate the people, but you have to admire their results. Unless you're a supporter of the people they fight. I'm not so will continue to send them my annual donation. I'd rather have a despicable person fighting to correct wrongs than no one fighting anything.