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SPLC+ Others Write Open Letter to Individuals Scheduled to Speak at Value Voters Summit.

SPLC+ Others Write Open Letter to Individuals Scheduled to Speak at Value Voters Summit.

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"We understand that you’ve been invited to speak at the Values Voter Summit being held
in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 14-16. The host of the event, the Family Research Council
(FRC), has consistently spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and one of
its co-sponsors, the American Family Association (AFA), has linked homosexuality to the
Holocaust. Given the FRC’s and AFA’s public statements, we urge you not to lend the prestige
of your office to the summit."
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"We understand that you’ve been invited to speak at the Values Voter Summit being held
in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 14-16. The host of the event, the Family Research Council
(FRC), has consistently spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and one of
its co-sponsors, the American Family Association (AFA), has linked homosexuality to the
Holocaust. Given the FRC’s and AFA’s public statements, we urge you not to lend the prestige
of your office to the summit."

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Southern Poverty Law Center
FaithFuL ameriCaGay & LeSbian aLLianCe aGainSt DeFamation
human riGhtS CamPaiGnnationaL bLaCk JuStiCe CoaLition
nationaL CounCiL oF La razaPeoPLe For the ameriCan way FounDation
Sept.7,2012DearValuesVoterSummitSpeaker,Weunderstandthatyou’vebeeninvitedtospeakattheValuesVoterSummitbeingheldinWashington,D.C.,fromSept.14-16.Thehostoftheevent,theFamilyResearchCouncil(FRC),hasconsistentlyspreaddemonizingliesabouttheLGBTcommunity,andoneofitsco-sponsors,theAmericanFamilyAssociation(AFA),haslinkedhomosexualitytotheHolocaust.GiventheFRC’sandAFA’spublicstatements,weurgeyounottolendtheprestigeofyourofcetothesummit.TheFRCisfaroutsideof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ofcialshasgonesofarastosayhomosexualityshouldbecriminalized.(Seewww.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-les/groups/ family-research-council.)PerhapstheFRC’sugliestlieisitsclaimthatgaymenmolestchildrenatafarhigherratethanheterosexualmen—thatpedophilia“isahomosexualproblem,”inthewordsofTonyPerkins,theFRCpresident.Allcrediblescienticauthorities,includingtheAmericanPsychologicalAssociation,rejecttheclaim.TheFRC,ontheotherhand,hasgonesofarastoclaimthat“[o]neoftheprimarygoalsofthehomosexualrightsmovementistoabolishallageofconsentlawsandtoeventuallyrecognizepedophilesasthe‘prophets’ofanewsexualorder.”TheFRC’sextremismisvividlyillustratedbythefactthatithasinvitedthe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.”Heoncesaidthatwelfarerewardsblackpeoplewho“rutlikerabbits.”TheFRC’sextremismisalsoillustratedbyitsrecenthiringofretiredLt.Gen.WilliamJerry”Boykin,aradicalanti-Muslimpropagandistandconspiracytheorist,asitsexecutive
 
 vicepresident.Lastyear,Mr.Boykinstatedthat“IslamisnotareligionanddoesnotdeserveFirstAmendmentprotections”—astatementthatisantitheticaltoAmericanideals.Inthe AffordableCareAct,heliterallyseesaplottocreateashadowpoliceforcethathecomparestoHitler’s“Brownshirts.”Yet,theFRChasnotonlyhiredMr.Boykin,ithasgivenhimaprominentspeakingslotattheSummit.BecauseoftheirrepeateddefamationoftheLGBTcommunity—notbecauseoftheiroppositiontogaymarriageorbeliefthathomosexualityisasin—theSouthernPovertyLawCenterhasdesignatedtheFRC,aswellastheAFA,ahategroup.YoumaydisagreewiththeSPLC’scharacterization.Butwendithardtobelievethatyouwouldstandwithanorganizationthatknowinglyspreadsdemeaningandfalsepropagandaaboutanygroupofpeople.FBIdatademonstratethatgaymenandlesbiansareamongthemostlikelygroupto bevictimizedbyviolenthatecrimes.Defamingthempubliclydayafterday—lyingaboutthem—onlythrowsfuelonthere.WeurgeyoutodeclinetheFRC’sinvitationandnotsharethestagewithandlendyourcredibilitytoanorganizationthatspreadsdemonizingfalsehoodsaboutotherpeople.Thankyouforyourconsideration.J.RichardCohen,
 President and CEO,

Southern Poverty Law Center
MichaelSherrard,
 Director,

Faithful America
HerndonGraddick,
 President,

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
ChadGrifn,
 President,

Human Rights Campaign
SharonJ.Lettman-Hicks,
 Executive Director and CEO,

National Black Justice Coalition
JanetMurguía,
 President and CEO,

National Council of La Raza
MichaelB.Keegan,
 President,

People For the American Way Foundation
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