crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
According to People for the American Way, Mike Huckabee will be receiving an award from the organization called Vision America for being “A National Hero of Faith.”
In the three plus years I have been blogging, I don't think I have ever talked about this group, so I looked up some information.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Vision America is one of those dreary groups forever talking about how Christians are being persecuted while dreaming up new ways to vilify the lgbt community. Apparently at a conference in 2006:
. . .No fewer than 18 presenters railed against homosexuals and the “gay agenda.” It seemed that the speakers, many of whom were ostensibly there to talk about the virtues of a Christian nation, just couldn't help but take repeated swipes at gays and lesbians.
Setting the tone was Vision America's head, Rick Scarborough, who said at the start that he is “rushing his efforts to stop the homosexual agenda” that he sees as the key threat to America. Complaining that his audiences are graying, Scarborough emphasized that “we have to reach the next generation” before it's too late.
If the anti-gay event had a centerpiece, it was the well-attended panel, “The Gay Agenda: America Won't Be Happy.” The discussion there featured homophobic rants from leaders of four bitterly anti-gay groups — the Family Research Council, the Illinois Family Institute, Mass. Resistance and the Traditional Values Coalition.
Peter LaBarbera, head of the Illinois Family Institute, called homosexuality “disgusting.” LaBarbera, who “investigates” this lifestyle by hanging out in gay chat rooms, insisted that good Christians must “stand up to homosexual aggression” and stop using “that hoary euphemism” — “sexual orientation.” He called for the repeal of all “sexual orientation laws” — laws that ban discrimination against gays — because they violate religious freedom. He demanded the closing down of all “homosexual establishments.” And he spoke of the “need to find ways to bring back shame to those practicing homosexual behavior.”
Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council called homosexuality “unnatural and unhealthy,” an attack on the “natural family.” Concerned that the “gay agenda” is making “major strides” politically, Sprigg wants sexual orientation removed as a protected class from hate crime penalty enhancement and civil rights laws.”
Another panelist insisted that gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals. “One bill in Massachusetts takes away all the penalties for bestiality,” Brian Camenker of Mass. Resistance, an anti-gay group in the only state that has legalized gay marriage, claimed. “This is where this agenda is going.”
Speaking of Brian Camenker, he is the man in the picture with Huckabee, which taken at another conference. His organization, Mass Resistance, is an anti-gay group as designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
And if we are to believe Camenker, Huckabee is on their email list.
This little fact is ironic seeing Huckabee's modus operandi when it comes to the lgbt community. Unlike Camenker (and LaBarbera and Sprigg), Huckabee isn't all fire and brimstone. He practices a more passive aggressive game but I think it's an act on his part.
Huckabee's nastiness towards the lgbt community has a way of coming through such as:
earlier this year when he attacked lgbt familes by comparing them to people raising puppies,
or last when he bent over backwards (pun intended) to assure Ann Coulter that he wasn't “pro-sodomy” – which really isn't a bad thing. Any thoughts of Huckabee in a sexual situation is enough to make me convert but don't tell PFOX,
or how he consistently aligns himself with members of anti-gay hate groups, such as Camenker.
When trying to deal with Huckabee, it is always good to remember that the most dangerous forms of ignorance and hatred are those which are wrapped in a soft glove.