Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters Misinformer of the Year - Bryan Fischer

A lot of things happened this year. Some were good such as the repeal of DADT after 17 years, while others were simply awful, i.e. the suicides of several lgbt teens.

To me, though, a very significant thing was finally the recognition that religious right groups peddle in distortions and lies. The Southern Poverty Law Center added five new members of its list of anti-gay hate groups. The new groups were:

1. American Family Association
2. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
3. Dove World Outreach Center
4. Family Research Council
5. Illinois Family Institute

This brings the total of anti-gay hate groups to 18 and all of them are profiled in exact detail by SPLC.

Other groups profiled by SPLC but not designated as official hate groups were:

1. Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
2. Concerned Women for America
3. Coral Ridge Ministries
4. Liberty Counsel
5. National Organization for Marriage

Naturally this caused a huge controversy with the Family Research Council attempting to lead a fight against the designation, including a huge ongoing campaign with over 150 Congressional leaders vouching for it and other religious right groups. Now FRC contended that SPLC was unfairly attacking religious right groups because their "Christian" stance against homosexuality.

However, thanks to the efforts of one man, we know that FRC's claims was a lie. While FRC played the innocent victim, this man did more to destroy their credibility than anything dug up by any blogger or news reporter.

Ladies and gentlemen, because of those efforts, the 2010 Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters Misinformer of the Year award goes to:

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association.

Fischer has a long history of making astoundingly homophobic comments which alienated him from everyone across the political spectrum. However, his comments served the lgbt community well in reminding everyone that the SPLC had very good reason in calling out religious right groups, especially considering the fact that while these groups went on and on about being "victimized" for their Christian beliefs, not one of them vocalized any disagreement with Fischer's words. Hell, he was even given a place at the religious right's Values Voters summit.

There are just so many comments from Fischer which stand out that perhaps its better to just showcase the most egregious via video:

Who would have that such a rabid homophobe would actually serve as the lgbt's community best friend and the religious right's worse enemy?

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North Carolina officials calls gays 'sexual predators' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

NC: County Commissioner Bill James in email to colleagues - gays are 'sexual predators' - Say what you will about homophobic public officials in South Carolina, none of them are as loony and mean as this guy.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish Welcome a New Baby! - Refrain from being mean folks. Just congratulate Elton and David on the addition to their family.

Star Parker: DADT Repeal Represents Most Dangerous Threat To Nation - Nothing spells excess like anti-gay hyperbole.

Family Research Council and Concerned Women For America pull out of CPAC, Religious Right Boycott Gains Momentum - A war in which I root for NO ONE.

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AFA: Repeal of DADT will cause an epidemic of 'butt-sex'

Sometimes, it doesn't take much to demonstrate just how nasty and hateful some members of the religious right choose to be.

All you have to do is just give them free reign to talk.

Take for example the recent overturning of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The American Family Association's phony news service, One News Now published the following piece:

Fighting back against sodomized military

A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor says the new Congress can take a number of actions to blunt the impact of the new law that allows homosexuals to openly display their lifestyle in the U.S. military.

Many pro-military pundits said they were sickened and angered last week when President Barack Obama ended 235 years of wholesome tradition by signing the bill that will effectively sodomize the U.S. military. One of those specialists is Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), who was part of the military working group that helped craft the 1993 homosexual service ban that the lame-duck Congress and President Obama have now overturned.

"You have a very corrupt regime running the country," he laments. But he expects there to be a backlash when the 112th Congress replaces the lame-duck body that was repudiated by the American people last month.

Where does one start with this one?

Sodomized military? So according to the AFA, the overturning of Don't Ask, Don't Tell means that automatically the American Armed Forces is facing an "epidemic" of butt-sex?
Also, while the article claims that many "pro-military pundits" (which is a bizarre description. Just who are these "pro-military pundits" and does that mean there are "anti-military pundits") who oppose the overturning of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it only quotes one person, Maginnis. And while Maginnis may be a former military person, he isn't exactly a legitimate source of information.

He just happens to be with the Family Research Council (another religious right group) as the "Senior Fellow for National Security."  Before being quoted by this article, he said in another article that "America is no better than Sodom and Gomorrah" for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

It's important to remember that the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared both the AFA and FRC as anti-gay hate groups due to their need to demonize and dehumanize the lgbt community. Granted both organizations claim they are being unfairly victimized for "upholding" Christian values.

And they may have a point . . . only if causing a panic about anal sex is a "Christian value."

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