The Washington Post: 2 of their columnists took the Southern Poverty Law Center’s classification of hate groups, which the FRC is deservedly one of them, as contributing to the shooting of a security guard this week. As if. With the exception of the security guard, the FRC are NO victims in this case. Far from it. As i posted yesterday, the FRC’s hate for the LGBT community goes above and beyond “christian beliefs”
“Human Rights Campaign isn’t responsible for the shooting,” wrote Dana Milbank. “Neither should the organization that deemed the FRC a ‘hate group,’ the Southern Poverty Law Center, be blamed for a madman’s act. But both are reckless in labeling as a ‘hate group’ a policy shop that advocates for a full range of conservative Christian positions, on issues from stem cells to euthanasia.”
Milbank continues, “it’s absurd to put the group, as the law center does, in the same category as Aryan Nations, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Stormfront and the Westboro Baptist Church.”
But as Zack Ford at ThinkProgress LGBT points out, “The violent history of the KKK and Aryan Nations are obviously quite different from that of anti-gay groups, though it’s worth noting that Tony Perkins has happily spoken in front of white supremacy groups and even once rented a KKK Grand Wizard’s phone bank.”
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin takes the victimization one step further, stopping just short of blaming groups like SPLC for the violence.
“I do, however, object strenuously to the blatant double-standard in blame-assignment and the assumption that Christians can only be the perpetrators of hate crimes, never the victims,” writes Rubin. “Anti-Christian bias in the media is still acceptable in a way that antigay bias is not.”