Nobody should be thanking the FRC Prez

This is what hate, bigotry and lies look like:
“Since homosexual conduct is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence, it too qualifies as a behavior that is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.”
— Tony Perkins, “Christian compassion requires the truth about the harms of homosexuality,” Washington Post, 10/25/2010

Yep Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) – President of a group that spews lies, falsehoods and hate.  Totally NOT COOL.  And Angela McCaskill stated at her press conference “I want to thank Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council”

If you want to know more about the Family Research Council and see more unjust, and unfathomable quotes from Tony Perkins and co. visit the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Intelligence page on the group – http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/family-research-council

(the SPLC is an outstanding, reputable, and wonderful organization that has been combating hate and injustice in this country for a long time.  Visit their Teaching Tolerance program too as it is filled with good materials, information, and actions.)

YIKES!  Re: McCaskill thanking Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.

Hopefully she did not know he has associated with White Supremacist groups and has been using some Black churches to spew hate and falsehoods all over the state of MD (see the SPLC link above).
It seems odd that she wouldn’t be aware of this or wouldn,t have at least checked into the background of the various individuals and groups that were rushing to use her situation for their own gain.  As an expert in diversity and inclusion – it seems she should have known that the Family Research Council was a hate group and that the Maryland law already exempted religious institutions and clergy from having to perform or recognize same-sex marriages.
If you are unfamiliar with the controversy over a Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet signing a petition to put on the ballot on Nov 6 question 6 so that Maryland’s recently passed civil marriage equality for LGBTQ could be stripped away before it even had a chance to get going – well where have you been.

Yep Maryland passed a just, right and good law of marriage equality to stop the unconstitutional discrimination of LGBTQ and even had provisions to make it CLEAR that religious Institutions and clergy would not have to perform or recognize such marriages in their practices.

The truth

1. Dr. McCaskill had the legal right to sign the petition to get question 6 put onto the ballot

2. it was NOT the right thing to do.

Folks are not questioning her constitutional right to do so.  They are questioning her REASONING for doing so since it jeopardizes recently gained LGBTQ marriage rights and because other civil rights are not put up for question / popular vote.

If women’s suffrage had been up for direct vote, we wouldn’t have gotten the 19th Amendment.  If the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was put on the ballot in southern states, we wouldn,t have gotten it passed.  If the ADA was put on the ballot, it is unlikely it would have passed.  We elect our elected officials to represent we, the people, of the United States and also to uphold the constitution so….

But since different groups are trying to undermine marriage equality various courts have had to examine if these ballots or lawsuits are right, just and good – so far they have been ruling in FAVOR of marriage equality for all.  Most recent example:

Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional by a Federal Appeals court in NY after all!  Wake up folks equality for all means ALL.  (DOMA was a right-wing push to define marriage as between a man and a woman only)

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/federal-appeals-court-rules-doma-unconstitutional/58102/

4. Gallaudet had the right to put McCaskill on a paid leave to determine if she could uphold the duties of her office given she had taken actions that might result in removing other folks’ civil rights.  See the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Gallaudet.  http://www.gallaudet.edu/Diversity/About_ODI.html

Dr. Hurwitz stated “It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer; however, other individuals feel differently,” Hurwitz wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff. “I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps taking into consideration the duties of this position at the university.”

This is NOT a termination notice nor is an act of humiliation targeting Dr. McCaskill.

5. Nobody should be attacking anybody in this whole situation

6. My heart goes out to everybody involved in all of this.  May the better angels of our nature manifest themselves during this challenging and hard situation.

We will leave ya with another quote from Tony Perkins of Family Research Council below where he spews more Hate against the very important and good “It Gets Better” video campaign that is designed to let LGBTQ  youth of all colors know they are not alone and suicide is not the answer.

“The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. …It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.”
— Tony Perkins, FRC fundraising letter, August 2011

And some good quotes of truth from Bayard Rustin, who the FBI tried to classify as a pervert because he was a Gay African-American activist.  Bayard organized the 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington and was a close and critical advisor to MLK Jr.  When being pulled off a bus for refusing to obey segregationist laws before Rosa Parks did her famous sit-in, Bayard said:

“I cannot move.” The police came, and they started dragging Bayard out of his seat. And he pointed to a little white child across the aisle saying, “If I move, this child will not know that injustice is taking place here.”

Other quotes by Bayard:

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.

and

“To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.”

and near the end of his life:

“Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, [or] lesbian.”

Biggest thanks to the NAACP and the various African-American clergy who stand FOR civil marriage equality for all.

See Sept 21 article re: clergy http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/prominent-black-clergy-support-maryland-same-sex-marriage/2012/09/21/875731f8-042d-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_blog.html

See May 21 NAACP resolution in support of Marriage Equality http://www.naacp.org/news/entry/naacp-passes-resolution-in-support-of-marriage-equality

VOTE Folks! cuz H8 is not cool!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alec McFarlane
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 04:42:37

    Thank you for reaffirming my Open Letter to the Members of D.E.A.F. on Racism

  2. handeyes
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 12:29:49

    Alec –
    wow weeeeeee.
    u have no idea how much that looks like you are screaming “me, me, me” do ya?

    i now return u to the point of THIS blog entry – Hate groups and their leaders got no business being thanked by Chief Diversity Officers.

    peace

    patti

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