This Friday, the Family Research Council will begin their Value Voter Summit in Washington, DC. The summit is being co-sponsored by the American Family Association. Both groups have been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups for their continued use of lies to demonize and attack LGBT people.
A coalition of human rights groups have called on public officials to forgo attending the summit. In a letter sent to House Majority Eric Cantor, US Representative Paul Ryan and Senators Jim DeMint and Paul Rand, they say “Given the FRC’s and AFA’s public statements, we urge you not to lend the prestige of your office to the summit…The FRC is far outside the mainstream. It has engaged in repeated, groundless demonization portraying LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation. One of its officials has gone so far as to say that homosexuality should be criminalized.”
The letter goes on to say that “The FRC’s extremism is vividly illustrated by the fact that it has invited the American Family Association (AFA) to co-sponsor the Summit at which you have been invited to speak. Here is what Bryan Fischer, the AFA’s Director of Issue Analysis, wrote in 2010: ‘Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.’”
The letter also points to the disproven claims by the FRC that gay men molest children far more than heterosexual men do.
According to the release sent out by the group:
The human rights groups that signed the letters are: the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); People for the American Way Foundation (PFAWF); the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF); the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC); the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); and Faithful America.
The public officials to whom the letter was sent are: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, U.S. Rep. Steve King, U.S. Rep. Jim Lankford, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, and U.S. Rep. Allen West.
“Our message is a simple one,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Public officials should not lend the prestige of their office to groups that spread demeaning and false propaganda about other people.”
Additionally, the FRC and the AFA both have track records of attacking other minorities with the FRC tracking towards the sexist and the AFA often backing racist comments including blaming Native Americans for their own genocide.