I disagree with the Family Research Councilâ€™s views on gays and lesbians. But itâ€™s absurd to put the group, as the law center does, in theÂ same category as Aryan Nations, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Stormfront and the Westboro Baptist Church.Â The center says the FRC â€œoften makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science.â€ Exhibit A in its dossier is a quote by an FRC official from 1999 (!) saying that â€œgaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.â€
Offensive, certainly. But in the same category as the KKK?
As I said, I’m not a fan of FRC’s political agenda, but putting them into the same category as the KKK is not only wrong, because it suggests beliefs held by millions of mainstream Americans are “hate,” but because it also cheapens the horror of exactly what the KKK stands and stood for. Given some of the hateful and false rhetoric about gun owners that is accepted and promoted by groups like Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, pretty clearly they would qualify as a hate group under SPLC’s standard.