To Tell The Truth: Equality California's Roland Palencia Says Family Research Council's Ties To Klu Klux Klan Must Be Exposed | Jive in the [415] Blog | Gay LGBT News Political Commentary

August 31, 2011

To Tell The Truth: Equality California's Roland Palencia Says Family Research Council's Ties To Klu Klux Klan Must Be Exposed

San Francisco, CA: Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council (FRC), has joined the campaign to overturn the California Fair Education Act, which was sponsored by San Francisco's State Senator Mark Leno (D-CA), and signed into law by Governor Brown on July 14th, 2011. . The Fair Education Act mandates that the social studies curriculum includes, within the context of history, LGBT contributions to our society, and the struggle for equality and social justice. It is also required that the contributions of people with disabilities, and the  Asian-Pacific Islander community, be included as well.

Equality California Executive Director Roland Palencia stated:

"California voters have a right to know the truth about those most backing the effort to overturn the FAIR Education Act and that racist and homophobic organizations have no intent to protect families and children but instead hurt them with their bigotry.

Let's be clear: it's the anti-gay, racist rhetoric, dogma and attacks of these organizations that harm children, families and our society, not movements for equality, truth, inclusivity and dignity for all people.

Many fair-minded Californians—especially parents—may not yet know how they feel about the FAIR Education Act. But I don't believe any fair-minded parent would find friends of the KKK a trustworthy protector of their children. It's critical that these groups are exposed for what they really are: fear-mongers who prey on good parents' deep, instinctive desire to protect their children in order to advance a hateful, anti-equality agenda."
The Southern Poverty Law Center, is an organization dedicated to fighting hate, bigotry, and discrimination. They have been devoted to this cause for over 40 years, and they don’t use the word ‘hate’ lightly, and they don’t designate many groups with this moniker. The Family Research Council, The American Family Association, the Klu Klux Klan, and many Neo-Nazi organizations, currently share SPLC’s hate group designation. There are a number of other groups as well, and SPLC has clearly articulated how each of these groups managed to earn this designation.

In October, The Family Research Council is sponsoring their Value Voter’s Summit. Any politician, or candidate for President, who attends this extremist gathering will be making a very clear statement that they support bigotry, intolerance and hate. If a candidate went to speak to the KKK, or the Aryan Nation, they would justifiably be branded a racist and run out of town. Isn’t it reasonable to expect any candidate for President of these United States to reject the politics of hate, racism and bigotry? Any candidate that appears there will be rightly called out for embracing bigotry and intolerance.

This is part of the entry on the SPLC website for FRC. You be the judge. What do you think?

   Family Research Council

Founded:  1983
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Ideology:  Anti-Gay

The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”


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