All too often in the midst of the culture wars, the guy or gal yelling fire in the middle of the theater is the one holding the ideological “match,” fabricated by him or her and based on untruths. There’s a war against Planned Parenthood that has at its core a bogus exposé video; surprise, nothing in it is true. For the groups attacking Planned Parenthood, being factual is irrelevant, blurring the line between religion and extremism promoted and funded by ultra conservatives. One of those groups is the Family Research Council (FRC).
The FRC is a conservative, Christian right group with a built-in lobbying organization that was launched in 1981 by James Dobson. Initially, FRC was designed to be a lobbying force for conservative Christian value legislation in Washington and was the main arm of Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization. The two groups eventually separated in 1992. Among its primary causes, railing against homosexuality at any cost; facts be damned. This earned them the label of “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010.
FRC policies include anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-evolution, anti-global warming, and more:
- Preclusion of all legislative, executive, or judicial action at any level of state or local government designed to protect the status of persons based on their homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships.
- Opposes legal recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships in the form of marriage or civil unions.
- Wants to establish a federal conscience clause protecting the right of medical workers to withhold from certain practices, including abortion or dispensation of contraception, that FRC finds morally objectionable.
- Intelligent design (creationism) as an alternative to evolution and the ID movement’s “Teach the Controversy” campaign.
- Opposes legalized abortion and stem-cell research involving the destruction of human embryos and funding for the same.
- Opposes the idea that humans are mainly or completely responsible for global warming.
One of the match holders of FRC is co-founder George Alan Rekers, psychologist, ordained Southern Baptist minister, and emeritus professor of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The “Match”: In May 2010, the New York Magazine and other news media wrote about Rekers’ 10-day European trip escorted by a young gay man, Gay Escort Gave Nude Massages to Family Research Council Founder.
Rekers attempted to defend his excursion with a gay male escort saying that he hired him “to help carry his luggage and that he was trying to save the soul of a lost sinner.” [….] That’s an expensive “salvation” considering the availability of motorized airport carts and skycaps. “Rekers, who admits he found the escort on the gay prostitution site Rentboy.com, later adjusted his story when talking to blogger Joe.My.God.”
Its critical to revisit the unsavory and hypocritical conduct of FRC’s co-founder as it says much about the organization’s lack of credibility; especially when FRC releases its sinister brand of venom on Planned Parenthood and any other organization that FRC disagrees with. This particular branding in the culture war arena is teaching our children a dangerous set of values couched in religion and righteousness. FRC and its counterparts are telling our youth that if you don’t like someone, if you disagree with someone or something, you claim that person or entity as your enemy and destroy them or it through lies, bigotry and hate. i.e., its okay to be the big bad bully.
I agree with SPLC’s assessment of FRC that:
The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”[….]
Of even greater note, SPLC states, “In their own words:
- “Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.” — Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999
- “[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.” — Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999
- “One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets of a new sexual order.’” 1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.
- “[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.” — Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002
- “While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.” — FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010
Clearly, Rekers is confused about his sexuality, professed religious beliefs, prostitution and more. Neither he, FRC or other like-minded organizations who support the same kind of tactics toward those they disagree with have any credibility. We need to be ever vigilant and call them out on it each and every time.
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