Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Petition: Ending Spurious Testimony From Whackjobs In Congress

One of the more popular news stories this past month in LGBT circles has been Senator Al Franken's admonishment to Tom Minnery in DOMA congressional hearings for misrepresenting a scientific study in order to bolster claims that same-sex couples are unfit to rear children.  Unfortunately, this incident is just one of many in the social conservatives' efforts to restrict the rights of gay people through misinformation and lies, and one blogger wants that to stop.

Alvin McEwin, the blogmaster of Holy Bullies And Headless Monsters (as well as frequent contributor to Pam's House Blend) has started a petition urging Congress to stop giving SPLC certified hate groups and their ilk a platform for their nonsense in national politics.

"Earlier this year during another Congressional hearing on DOMA, National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher committed the same distortion – i.e. inaccurately citing a study to defame same-sex households. Gallagher’s group (NOM) has also been called out twice by the Pulitzer Prize winning site Politifact for inaccurate negative statements it has made about the gay community.

"The Family Research Council was declared as an official anti-gay hate grouplast year by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its tendency to spread propaganda about the gay community such as gays molest children at a high level and same-sex households harm children.

"However, the head of the Family Research Council - Tony Perkins - is frequently called as a Congressional witness on many occasions from discussing issues of gay equality to the selection of Supreme Court judges.

"In addition, there are at least 11 incidents of legitimate researchers and physicians complaining that morality groups such as Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council have specifically and intentionally distorted their work to demonize the gay community.

"While there is a need for levity and a desire for all sides of issues involving the gay community to be heard, the constant calling upon of these 'morality groups' for Congressional testimony in spite of their irregularities mentioned does present a problem in terms resolving the issues of the gay community in a fair manner.

"Therefore we, the undersigned, ask that if ever these groups are called before Congress again, their testimony be given the highest level of scrutiny because said testimony could fraudulent."

Keep in mind that the Southern Poverty Law Center designates hate groups based purely on whether or not the propaganda targeted organizations spread is deliberate misinformation or lies.  Do we really want these jerkwad liars to be provided with a platform to lie to our politicians and the public?  Click below to sign.  I did!

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