Last week both the National Organization for Marriage and Concerned Women for America were profiled in the new Winter Intelligence Report issued by the hate-group trackers at the Southern Poverty Law Center. The list of 18 Anti-Gay Groups and their Propaganda was released last Monday by the SPLC, the civil rights center that’s been tracking hate groups for nearly four decades (and who should really know better than to release this stuff on three-day holliday work weeks.)
According to the Montgomery, Alabama-based center, “viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups,” but instead groups are included on the list for making “claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities…and [for] repeated, groundless name-calling.” 13 of the 18 groups profiled in the Intelligence Report will be appearing on next year’s detailed list of hate groups currently active in the United States, a list which also includes white supremicists, holocaust deniers and neo-Confederates.
You may remember the Concerned Women for America: they love Donna Hughes (pdf) and they hate Harry Potter. According to the SPLC, the group–founded in 1979 in anti-feminist response to the National Organization for Women—pushes an anti-gay agenda based on dubious scientific claims that have been totally discredited.
NOM you know, probably; they’re the tax-dodging meteorologists that came to town on a bus and spoke in tongues at the State House last summer. Founded in 2007, the group’s website states that gays don’t have the right to redefine marriage. The profile notes also that the group’s former bus driver sent out messages indicating that gay men have extremely short lives, a falsehood often repeated by homophobic hate groups. NOM president Brian Brown responded last week, saying that “[t]he whole idea that somehow those folks who stand up for traditional marriage, like the Family Research Council, are hateful is wrong. [The law center is] trying to marginalize and intimidate folks for standing up for marriage and also trying to equate them somehow to the KKK.”
Also appearing on the SPLC list were the Dove World Outreach Center, the Florida church which made headlines earlier this year for placing illegal “NO HOMO MAYOR” signs on its lawn and again this fall when its minister wanted to burn the Qur’an on September 11; MassResistance, the Bay State group that keeps insisting gay men are trying to force a homosexual agenda in schools; and the leaden-titled Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment, who think that gay behavior should be “illegalizeable” (their word) and also that it has something to do with Freemasons. [links to these sites intentionally not included.]
Neither NOM nor CWA will be on next year’s list of active hate groups, although the American Family Institute and the Family Research Council will both be profiled when the list is updated in 2011.