crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
Former Arkansas governor and possible 2012 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came to the defense of the Family Research Council recently during an interview with the Walton Sun.
He was responding to the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center had named FRC and other religious right groups as anti-gay hate groups.
Huckabee was also astounded when the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Family Research Council as a hate group, because they oppose same sex marriage.
“So does 60 percent of America,” Huckabee said. “Does that mean that that 60 percent of America is a hate group?”
Huckabee is seriously displaying his ignorance here. The Southern Poverty Law Center did not designate FRC as an anti-gay hate group because its opposition to gay marriage. According to SPLC:
Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will be listing 13 next year as hate groups (eight were previously listed), reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.
Huckabee is doing what he has done many times in the past when it comes to the lgbt community – attempting to shift the argument so that the lgbt community looks like the aggressors and folks like him look like the “innocent Christians persecuted for their faith.”
But Huckabee is peddling lies and before he defends FRC, he should explain the following photo:
The man with Huckabee in this picture is Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance, an anti-gay organization in Massachusetts which was also named as an anti-gay hate group by SPLC. And this picture was taken during a religious right conference last year.
Mass Resistance has a long history of demonizing the lgbt community and even stooping to coordinating phony moral panics, including:
Manufacturing a phony panic about “schools teaching children about homosexuality,”
Claiming in 2005 on Comedy Central's Daily Show that if given time, he would be able to connect gay marriage in Massachusetts to the “reduction” of the quality of life in the state, a spike in homelessness rates, or and a lowering the quality of the air in the state, or
Making a claim in 2006 that “gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals” in Massachusetts.
Continuing a vindictive campaign of misinformation against the transgendered community (whom the organization refers to as “men in dresses) .
The organization was also key in manufacturing inaccurate claims about Obama appointee Kevin Jennings in an attempt to get him dismissed. The watchdog site Media Matters published a list of the lies Camenker and Mass Resistance spread about Jennings.
Camenker has even bragged that Huckabee is aware of his group:
When told Brian was from MassResistance, Gov. Huckabee said, “I know. I get your emails.”
Seems to me that Huckabee defends anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council not because they are innocent victims of a supposed “radical homosexual conspiracy,” but because his views probably align closely with theirs.
Hat tip to People for the American Way