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December 15, 2010

Republican Leaders Join FRC Protest of 'Hate Group' Designation

Pawlenty, Huckabee, DeMint, Boehner, and Cantor among those opposing "intolerance pure and simple."

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The Family Research Council, joined by prominent Republican allies, is mounting an aggressive defense to a decision by the Southern Poverty Law Center to designate the powerful conservative lobby as a hate group.

"The group, which was once known for combating racial bigotry, is now attacking several groups that uphold Judeo Christian moral views, including marriage as the union of a man and a woman," reads a Wednesday (Dec. 15) FRC ad placed in the print editions of Politico and the
Washington Examiner.

The ad, in the form of an open letter, was signed by more than two dozen Republican leaders, including several potential GOP presidential candidates: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Other signatories included House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Virginia.

The ad follows a November 22 report from the Alabama-based civil rights watchdog adding the FRC and four other conservative religious organizations to its list of hate groups for their "demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals."

The report's editor, Mark Potok, told Religion News Service the groups on the list were chosen for "propagation of known falsehoods" and not because of their religious nature.

The ad says the signatories "stand in solidarity" with FRC and other groups known for their opposition to gay marriage.

They also expressed dismay at criticism of the Manhattan Declaration, a 2009 statement that opposes abortion and gay marriage. An iPhone app promoting the manifesto was recently removed from Apple's online store after liberal critics objected to it.

"This is intolerance pure and simple," the ad reads. "Elements of the radical Left are trying to shut down informed discussion of policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures, and the courts."

Comments

Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

Romans 1:24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,who is blessed forever. Amen.
26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

I Corinthians 6:9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

The Bible is pretty clear about what God thinks of homosexual behavior. Seems as if those who support homosexual behavior have a problem - Let's see, what shall we call it: Christophobia, Bibliophobia, and Christianophobia. Why are you all such haters?


gayfriendly wrote: "And yet these people hate homosexuals for just being in love,".

I know there's alot of hate out there, But not ALL Christians hate homosexuals. We know that it's a sin, but we (Christians) cannot judge another person. Jesus was very tolerint. He knew man was not perfect, But also knew that with Gods love anything is posible.

Dan wrote: "The Bible is pretty clear about what God thinks of homosexual behavior. Seems as if those who support homosexual behavior have a problem".

Yes It does,( The Bible is pretty clear). But we are not the one to judge....We (Christians) DO NOT HATE.....Be tolerent,And just because your tolerent does not mean you support homosexuals. But you do support the need to fill there lives with the truth and the love of Jesus.

I hereby designate the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a hate group. They hate God's word and those who believe God's word. They hate conservative Christian heterosexuals who disagree with their perverted view of morality. They hate mom, God, apple pie and America, too. Worst of all - they hate Jesus. Now, as a legally designated hate group there are penalties: 1.they don't get senior citizen discounts, 2.they have to go to bed early, 3.they may only speak when spoken to, 4.they must go to time out. Now! and, and 5. no recess. Oh yeah, and 6. no free refills on coffee or soft drinks. (That should adjust their poopy attitudes.)

As far as the article goes...perhaps SPLC labelled those groups as hate groups not because of their Judeo Christian morals, but because of the way that SPLC perceives those Judeo Christian morals to be expressed. If that makes sense.

And as far as the comments on here...I see so many people saying hateful things, not just comments on this article, but all over the site...and...didn't Jesus say that they would know we are His disciples by our love for each other? Where is our love? Or have we forgotten it in our eager desire to be right, to have our voice heard, etc.?

"But we are not the one to judge...."

To quote God's word to those in error is not necessarily judging them - tho some may judge them. Quoting the word of God to gays - or anyone for that matter - is in fact informing them of God's judgment. They may not like to hear what God's word says. To that I say: "Tough!" See Acts 4:16ff “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

It is also instructive to remember that Israel did not like hearing the prophets rebuke them for their behavior. But that did not stop the prophets from telling them the hard truths from God's word.

How can we follow Jesus' command in Luke 17:3 "If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." when we aren't supposed to judge as people misapply the verse? We can't know what their eternal judgment by God will be. But we are supposed to know the difference between good and evil and rebuke evil.