Monday, March 26, 2012

Antigay Hate Groups on the Rise

In recent years, the gay rights movement has advanced by leaps and bounds, but there is still much more we need to do. But such remarkable progress has also given rise to more and more homophobic disciplines as noxious and infuriating as the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council—among many others—whom would very much like to force LGBT men and women everywhere back into the closet, which they will of course keep locked in order to protect traditional families from mere heathens like you and me.  And this is something that we cannot take for granted.

So it should come as no surprise that the number of anti-gay hate groups in the United States increased by 60% in the past year from 17 in 2010 to 27 in 2011, according to a recent Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

From the SPLC:
The LGBT community made significant advances in 2011, with the repeal of the “Don’t Act, Don’t Tell” policy on gay men and lesbians in the military, the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage by Americans and the legalization of such bonds in New York state. But it was precisely these advances that seemed to set off a furious rage on the religious right, with renewed efforts to ban or repeal marriage equality and what seemed to be an intensification of anti-gay propaganda in certain quarters. American Family Association official Bryan Fischer, for instance, said that “gays are Nazis,” claimed that HIV does not cause AIDS but gay men do, and, for good measure, criticized black welfare recipients who “rut like animals.” In another development, most of the religious right groups that started out opposing abortion but moved on to attacking LGBT people have recently begun to adopt anti-Muslim propaganda en masse. The gay-bashing Traditional Values Coalition, for instance, last year redesigned its website to emphasize a new section entitled “Islam vs. the Constitution,” published a report on Shariah law, and joined anti-Shariah conferences. Overall, the number of anti-gay hate groups in the United States rose markedly, going from 17 in 2010 to 27 last year.
With that being said, I have to make one (or several) remarks about the Southern Poverty Law Center.  As much as I dislike hate groups of any kind, I actually find the SPLC to be just as much of a hate group as the ones that they claim to keep tabs on.  As long as I have lived in Alabama, worked near the SPLC, and dealt with the lawyers who are there to protect the impoverished of the South, I find all of those that I have met and dealt with to be the most abhorrent, self-centered, self-righteous, money grubbing bigots that I have ever met.

The SPLC is an American nonprofit civil rights organization noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups; legal representation for victims of hate groups; monitoring of alleged hate groups, militias and extremist organizations; and educational programs that promote tolerance. The SPLC classifies as hate groups organizations that denigrate or assault entire groups of people, typically for attributes that are beyond their control.  Another problem that I have with the SPLC is that they are overzealous in their attempts at identifying hate groups. One of their so-called neo-Confederate groups is the League of the South, which is largely an academic group studying America's Southern heritage.  Though I will admit that there are some fringe elements within the group, all groups have fringe elements.  At various other times, they have hinted that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy were in the same category as the League of the South.  I have said enough about the errors of the SPLC and their media hungry arrogance, but I could not use a source of their without having my say about these people.  Quite honestly, if you are among the richest people in a city and call yourself the Southern Poverty Law Center, I have a problem with that.  Maybe it's just me.



rkeefe57 said...

Your assessment of the SPLC is spot on. The SPLC's "hate group" numbers are not only spurious, but they are designed specifically to frighten their mostly elderly donor base.

If you actually look at the SPLC's "Hate Map" fundraising tool, you find that of the 1,018 "hate groups" it designated for the US. That's one in four right off the top.

A perfect example is the state of Georgia, which the article also mentions. The SPLC has added 20 chapters of something it calls "the Georgia Militia" to its "Hate Map" fundraising tool, but can't seem to locate 18 of them.

They just float out there in limbo, padding the numbers.

See it for yourselves:

Fortunately for the SPLC, no one in the media can be bothered to vet any of their spurious claims. They simply regurgitate the SPLC's press releases without performing even the most rudimentary fact checks.

The Boy Scouts of America have publicly stated for decades that gay men "lack the moral values to be Scoutmasters," yet despite this blatant discrimination and the fact that the BSA receives public funding, AND the fact that the core mission of the BSA is to mold the minds and characters of millions of American boys, you won't find one word about them on the SPLC's website.

Why not? Because, many of the SPLC's donors were Scouts, or the parents/grandparents of Scouts, and linking the almighty donor to a "hate group" is bad for business.

"Fighting hate" is all well and good until it cuts into the bottom line.

silvereagle said...

'Hate" has never met someone it did not want to call "friend'

'Oh, would some gift the giver give us to see our selves as others see us..." Old Scottish (?) saying I think.

If we could see ourselves as others see us, perhaps we would not enjoy hate as much as we do.

Thanks again for your insight.

Jay M. said...

I've always wondered about this group. The seem like the SCLC - the Southern Christian Leadership Council or something like that. To me, a bunch of bloviating blowhards protesting every time someone in any protected groups gets a traffic ticket. Guess the SPLC is about the same, if not worse. Thanks for the info. But it is nice that they attempt, in at least some fashion, to identify groups that hate - even if they are as hypocritical as almost every group like this seems to be.
Peace <3