Anti-Gay Hate Groups: Webcast, 12/7, 2PM EST

from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

SPLC President Richard Cohen and SPLC’s Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok invite you to join them for a live webcast—a 30-minute audio chat—December 7 at 2:00pm EST, to discuss the addition of anti-gay organizations, including the Family Research Council, to SPLC’s hate group list.

Even as some well-known anti-gay groups moderate their views, smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at LGBT people.

Live webcast
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern
How to participate: Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to sign into the webcast.
Richard and Mark will accept questions before and during the 30-minute audio webcast.

These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about gay and lesbian people are often amplified by certain politicians and even news organizations.

Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods—claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities—and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.

The Los Angeles Times’ Tim Rutten has praised our decision to designate the Family Research Council and other like-minded organizations as hate groups, noting that “such rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of that with which religiously affiliated opponents of African American equality once defended segregation. Exhortations against ‘race mixing’ were commonplace pulpit messages short decades ago, though we now recognize them as hate speech. It’s past time to do the same with rhetoric that denigrates gays and lesbians.”

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