There will be an extreme anti LGBT event sponsored by the hate group Family Research Council this weekend. A coalition of human rights groups is calling on public officials not to attend the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Family Research Council who have spread demonizing lies about our LGBT community & because one of its co-sponsors the American Family Association has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust. “Given the FRC’s & AFA’s public statements, we urge you not to lend the prestige of your office to the summit,” the coalition wrote in letters to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Sens. Jim DeMint & Rand Paul & other public officials who have been invited to speak at the summit including Ann Romney. “The FRC is far outside the mainstream,” the letter states. “It has engaged in repeated, groundless demonization portraying LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted & a danger to the nation. One of its officials has gone so far as to say that homosexuality should be criminalized. The FRC’s extremism is vividly illustrated,” the letter adds, “by the fact that it has invited the American Family Association (AFA) to co-sponsor the Summit at which you have been invited to speak. Here is what Bryan Fischer, the AFA’s Director of Issue Analysis, wrote in 2010: ‘Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler & homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine & 6 million dead Jews.’” The coalition letter also points out that the FRC has repeatedly claimed that gay men molest children at far higher rates than heterosexual men do, despite the fact that all credible scientific authorities reject the claim. The three-day summit begins Friday Sept 14th to Sept 16th. To Read Letter: splcenter.org
The human rights groups that signed the letters are: the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); People for the American Way Foundation (PFAWF); the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF); the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC); the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); & Faithful America. Updates to Come….
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