Friday, September 30, 2011

Hypocrisy is Alive and Well on the Right OR Yeah Right...You're a Victim... /Sarcasm

Jim Daly is the president of Focus on the Family, the group that was responsible for the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad and a group that has ties to several Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate organizations.  Recently he wrote a nice little article complaining about how the religious right has been demonized by "hate."

Daly uses the exact words: "speaking with reckless disregard for the truth and inciting panic is, at best, irresponsibly dangerous, and, at worst, beyond the covering of the First Amendment" to describe what Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered groups and supportors are doing to the religious right.

Really...really?!  Calling a duck a duck is speaking with reckless disregard for the truth...

Not falsifying your medical credentials to give yourself an aura of expertise in discussing gay marriage and homosexuality as James Forrester, one of the chief proponents of North Carolina's ban on same sex marriage did?

Not claiming gays (and muslims) are driven by "dark energy" and an "Anti-christ spirit," as the American Family Institute's Bryan Fischer has.

Not relating homosexuality to perversion, alcoholism, and drug addiction as the editors of The Tulsa Beacon did in a commentary on a newly appointed homosexual Election Board member.

Not blaming the homosexual community for the fact that you've been charged with six felonies for running an investment scheme as this Montana Pastor did.

Not saying that gays "know the behavior they are engaging in is disordered" as the Liberty Council's Matt Barber did.

Not complaining that the U.S Census Bureau is tracking same-sex couples, like...hey it's Matt Barber again! did.  (To be fair, this may be stupidity as much as it's an outright disregard for the truth.)

Not claiming that gays have "shortened lifespans and a high incidence of disease" as Peter LaBarbera from Americans for Truth did in citing two faulty studies that have since been pulled from the Americans for Truth website.  Even the AFT knows they're a bunch of liars.

Not citing a study (that did not reference homosexual households at all) as "proof" that children are better raised in a heterosexual environment, AND continuing to cite the study after it's authors have protested and lodged formal complaints.  The blame can go to pretty much every conservative organization for this one.

Not trying to smear the American Psychological Association for condemning Reorientatiopn/Reparative Therapy citing several distortions and outright lies.

Not referencing a condition that was abandoned as false by the medical community in the 1980s in recent attacks on homosexuality, and backing it up with sources that are anywhere from ten to forty years old as Peter LaBarbera and Conservipedia do.

Or referencing the American College of Pediatricians for ANYTHING.  The ACP was formed as a direct retaliation to scientific studies that found no significant harm to children in same-sex households.  Among the ACP's lies and distortions are:
  • Using outdated research.
  • Using outdated research after the researchers have complained that their work is being misinterpreted.
  • Using studies that have been struck down for using flawed methodology.  (For example one study was cited as "proving" that children do worse in same-sex households.  The only problem with that was that the study did not have anything to do with children at all.  You know, a minor issue.)
  • Citing a study claiming it linked lesbians to alcoholism...even though the study was intended to observe how lesbians (who are already alcoholics) recover from alcoholism and was not an exploration of the prevalence of alcoholism within the lesbian community.
But remember, it's LGBT groups who are calling the above folks "haters" that are speaking with a reckless disregard for the truth.  Sit down, I'm not even fucking done yet.  It might also be a reckless disregard for the truth if you:

Repeat everything above with the Christian Medical and Dental Association.  This one's on a tee though.  Any medical group that feels the need to include "Christian" in their name is probably full of shit.  I'm not saying that being a Christian practitioner of medicine is bad, I'm saying that if you use that as an identifier...something's wrong.  It's about the medicine, not the religion.

Accuse Obama Appointee for a position in the U.S. Dept. of Education Kevin Jennings of allowing and encouraging the statutory rape of a child without anything whatsoever to back up your accusations.  Among other things Jennings was accused of "handing out fisting kits to children."  No, that is not a typo.

Cite anything with Paul Cameron's name one it, whose methods have been so thoroughly trashed by the scientific community that he's about as credible as a scientist as that homeless guy on the corner is as doomsday prognosticator.  For those that don't know, Cameron published an article in 1985 that (among other things) claimed that students were more likely to be molested by a homosexual teacher.  Which doesn't make sense when you realize that Cameron "did not obtain any data concerning the sexual orientation of the teachers."  Uhh...  Cameron has not only been kicked out of the American Psychological Association, but also condemned by the American Sociological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Center for Disease Control, yet his studies are frequently cited by anti-LGBT groups.  Cameron now acts as the head of the Family Research Institute, a SPLC designated hate group.

Then go and defend Paul Cameron by claiming that the above organizations that have condemned him have done so through character attacks and without pointing out any specific flaws in his studies.  As you can read above, this is not true, but I will post this letter from the APA anyways.  What makes this especially delicious is that one of the sites defending Cameron, Conservapedia has stringent standards, "Everything you post must be true and verifiable."  Uh...

Respond to those calling you out for using outdated and debunked sources by either redressing those sources and updating the dates, or publishing new articles that reference those outdated sources.  Good job Family Research Council, another hate group.

Use phony experts.  Glenn T. Stanton from Focus on the Family apparently "debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage, and parenting at universities and churches across the country."  From STANTON'S OWN MOUTH (keyboard) "I don't know anyone who has referred to me as an expert on homosexuality."  Referred, implied...splitting hairs.

Misuse data...part II.  The right frequently cites the work of Dr. Robert Spitzer in defense of Reorientation Therapy in claiming that homosexuality is a choice and can be reversed.  They continue to cite that work even though in 2006 "Spitzer said he now believes that some of those he interviewed for his study may have been lying to him or themselves."

Perpetuate any of these myths about homosexuals.

Oppose legislation that would prohibit bullying and protect LGBT students.  Sorry readers, this one isn't a lie, it's just disgusting.

Use ONE EXAMPLE of a pro-LGBT book being used in a classroom to perpetuate the lie that homosexuals are infiltrating schools and indoctrinating children everywhere.  From Kris Mineau, head of the Massachusetts Family Institute's own mouth: "I don’t have documentation of everything going on," Mineau said. "It’s very difficult to quantify."

Falsely link homosexuality and pedophilia.  (FRC has since removed this from their website.)

Make up polls to deceive the public about DADT repeal opposition.

Claim that gays have never been persecuted.  From the mouth of NOM-friendly Louis J. Marinelli III: "(Gays and lesbians) are not being repressed, discriminated against. There is no and never has ever been a homosexual man hunt for them. Jews, Christians, and Blacks were hunted down and murdered. Homosexuals have nothing in common with the three."  I have a feeling Matthew Shepard's family would vehemently disagree.

Or accuse homosexuals of being behind the Nazi party in Germany during World War II.

Trot out a person with no qualifications whatsoever to defend Proposition 8.  You know, or say "we don't need to have evidence at this point" when asked to produce evidence that the legalization of  same sex marriage will cause harm.

Or have that witness say "the principle of equal human digity must apply to gay and lesbian persons......[w]e would be more American on the day we permitted same sex marriage than we were the day before."  This is a man that anti-LGBT groups trotted out to DEFEND THEIR SIDE!  That witness, not-an-expert David Blankenhorn also said "I believe that adopting same-sex marriage would be likely to improve the well-being of gay and lesbian households and their children."  AND "My view is that at least some people voted for Proposition 8 on the basis of anti-gay stereotypes and prejudice."  This one's not a lie either, it's just fucking hilarious.

And finally...

Claim homosexuals do not exist.  Discredited researcher Linda Harvey: "There's no proof that there's ever anything like a gay, lesbian, or bisexual, or transgendered child, teen, or human."

Just remember, we're showing reckless disregard for the truth in calling those listed above haters and bigots.

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