In 2010, there were over 1500 anti-gay hate crimes committed in the United States, and after not a single one was there a cry to ban from television the likes of Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, or Brian Brown. This is because the LGBT Community is not afraid of actual debate with those who run the hate groups- a designation that these groups got by constantly lying about LGBT Americans. Unfortunately, the anti-LGBT hate groups would rather that we be silent. That is why they are asking that FOX ban Wayne Be3sen from the O’Reilly Factor.
They stated that:
In light of last week’s attempted murder of employees at the Family Research Council (FRC), we pro-family organizations ask Fox News to discontinue guest appearances by homosexual agitator Wayne Besen on the popular O’Reilly Factor TV show. Besen has a long history of slandering conservative groups and the ex-gay community in language that foments hatred and undermines civil discourse.
Last week Fox News reported that Tony Perkins, FRC’s president, blamed the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its rhetoric of hateful lies against FRC for helping to create a climate that led to shooter Floyd Corkins’ actions.
The SPLC and Wayne Besen are united in demonizing conservative organizations and individuals. Despite repeated complaints about Besen’s appearances, producers of the O’Reilly Factor continue to feature Besen, a radical homosexual activist aligned with the SPLC, as a guest commentator.
Last year the controversial Besen and his SPLC ally jointly staged a protest outside of FRC’s Values Voters conference, falsely accusing FRC and the American Family Association of hatred and lies. Besen publicly labeled FRC’s conservative speakers as “certifiable lunatics with dangerous agendas.” Both Besen and the SPLC took out an ad in the Washington Post falsely blaming FRC for gays being more likely “to be victimized by violent hate crimes” and “driven to suicide by relentless bullying.”
Besen and the SPLC also target the ex-gay community, claiming that former homosexuals are a “myth” and that ex-gays are not entitled to the same rights and respect that gays currently enjoy. In a bizarre move, Besen and SPLC are now filing complaints against therapists who counsel homosexuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, thereby denying gays the right of therapeutic self-determination.
We have yet to hear what rights ex-gay people are denied. In fact, so far as we can tell, they are accorded every right that straight people are. The problem for these groups is that these accusations of lies are not false. They manipulate people’s data and create false studies that are easily debunked in a matter of minutes in order to advance their lies and falsehoods.
These groups also fail to condemn hate crimes committed against LGBT Americans despite using anti-gay rhetoric on a constant basis. What they are doing, though, is playing the victim as fast as they possibly can. Among the signers of the letter to the producers of the O’Reilly Factor is Scott Lively. This is the man who wrote a book claiming that the Nazi leadership, including Adolf Hitler, were gay. This is despite evidence to the contrary including the fact that Hitler’s coprophilia was well known and that he was sexually attracted to women. In fact, there was only one gay member of the Nazi leadership, and he was executed early on in their rise to power.
However, Lively and his associates continue to perpetuate this myth- this lie- that the Nazi leadership was gay. They continue to use a study in which dual parent households were compared to single parent households in order to attack same-sex families despite the fact that the study did not compare same-sex families to opposite-sex families- a fact that has been known since before Rick Santorum used it on the floor of the Senate almost a decade ago. They even fund studies which show that their anti-gay positions actually harm children by forcing people into mixed-orientation marriages and then twist the findings in order to attack same-sex couples.
They continue to perpetuate the idea that ex-gay therapy works despite the fact that no credible study has shown a single individual has been ‘cured’ of The Gay and many ex-gay leaders have come forward admitting that they weren’t actually cured- they just repressed their orientation and made themselves bitter in the long run- hurting their children.
The anti-gay establishment is terrified of actual, honest debate and that is why they want to silence Wayne Besen. Of course, they will stoop as low as they can in order to do so, and exploiting this shooting is their way of doing that.