If this isn’t a smoking gun that they indeed do support the death penalty for gay people, I don’t know what is. I’ll just quote Joe Jervis at length, because he lays it all out:
It’s time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to reclassify the Family Research Council as an official hate group, not merely anti-gay as they are now listed. According to the FRC’s official lobbying report for the first quarter of 2010, they paid two two of their henchmen $25,000 to lobby Congress against approving a resolution denouncing Uganda’s plan to execute homosexuals. The resolution passed in the Senate on April 13th, but remains languished in the House almost four months after being referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Did the FRC’s lobbying kill it?
Among the other items they lobbied against are the overturn of DADT and DOMA, which is to be expected. But it’s almost astounding, almost, that they would lobby the members of Congress against denouncing the death penalty for LGBT people. THIS needs to fucking THROWN in Tony Perkins’ and Peter Sprigg’s smirking faces the next time they appear on cable television to speak in soothing voices about the FRC’s godly gentle love for homosexuals.
I agree. There seem to be several anti-gay groups crossing the line this year, meriting outright condemnation by all civilized humans, and certainly official designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center as official hate groups. Unfortunately, due to the strangling grip the false construct of “fairness” has on our media, men like Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg are routinely given time on television to propagate their anti-gay jihad to a larger audience. This information, in the hands of a real journalist (Rachel: expect to hear from several of us very soon?), could start to change things. That a group which masquerades as “pro-family” would be spending their donations trying to take the pressure off of Uganda so that they can pass their anti-gay genocide bill in peace would be allowed on American television to spew for all the world to see is grotesque. We, as a nation, deserve better than that. We deserve a media which doesn’t stoop so low as to consider hate speech and lobbying to be a valid “alternate viewpoint.”
Fundamentalist groups like to bitch ad nauseam that mean old gay groups and journalists are the real haters, but yet I don’t think any of us have ever advocated for or supported jail sentences or the death penalty for Fundamentalist Christians. I’ve advocated for the government to issue them helmets, but that’s for their protection. In fact, we’ve never even supported taking any of their rights away. Hell, we just want to co-exist equally with them, and yes, that does entail knocking them off the pedestal upon which they have placed themselves and from which they have been firing their loaded crosses for as long as I can remember, and bringing them back down to a place of equality with the rest of us.
One way to chip away at that pedestal would be to spread the information far and wide: The Family Research Council, of Washington, DC, starring Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg, supports the death penalty for gay people. The proof is in their actions. Wingnuts are always worse people than you imagine.
Joe has the screen shots of their lobbying reports, so hop over there for the rest.