UPDATE: More from Pam Spaulding on the Paul Cameron hate group here.
How sad that the far-right Republicans are now embracing known hate groups in order to further their homophobic agenda.
“CAMERON’S ‘SCIENCE’ ECHOES NAZI GERMANY”
Yes, they’re now promoting extremists who have been labeled “hate groups” by THE expert on hate, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Amazing. SPLC lists religious right hatemonger Paul Cameron’s Family Research institute as one of the lead hate groups in Colorado – SPLC lists Cameron’s FRI alongside the Klan and white supremacists. SPLC says that “Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” That’s how bad it is. Here is SPLC’s “hate group” map:
Now, why does the Southern Poverty Law Center label Cameron and his Family Research Institute a “hate group”? Look at what Cameron espouses, per the SPLC:
He told the 1985 Conservative Political Action Committee conference that “extermination of homosexuals” might be needed in the next three to four years. He has advocated tattooing AIDS patients in the face, and banishment to a former leper colony for any patient who resisted. He has called for gay bars to be closed and gays to be registered with the government.
(Note that Cameron made the speech at CPAC, the same conference at which Ann Coulter called John Edwards a “faggot” – nice long history of hate at the top conservative conference of the year.)
Uh huh, this is who the lead religious right organizations are using to buttress their anti-gay cause, to lobby Congress and the White House. This is how these self-proclaimed voices of God show their love for Jesus. By embracing someone who called for the extermination of gays – someone who was kicked out of the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association for being an unethical extremist. And these people are in the senior ranks of the Republican party and the Bush administration.
FORMER FRC AND CWA EMPLOYEE PROMOTES HATE GROUP
But, oddly, Peter LaBarbera, a former employee of both the Family Research Council and the Concerned Women for America, is pushing Cameron’s hate research to this day (LaBarbera was also, until recently, the lead “family values” advocate in the state of Illinois). In an online screed blasting the gay organization Human Rights Campaign, LaBarbera cites the research of Paul Cameron.
“THE HILL” CAUGHT PUBLISHING HATE SCIENCE
Even more troubling, far-right activist Armstrong Williams published Cameron’s hate research on the respected inside-the-beltway publication “The Hill” – a publication not known for promoting the Nazi-esque science of known hate groups (well, at least not until now). The study Williams’ cites is Cameron’s most recent study that LaBarbera pushed above.
AFA, FRC, AND CWA ALL ARE CURRENTLY PROMOTING CAMERON AND HIS HATE SCIENCE
Equally sad, and disturbing, three top religious right organizations, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America all promote Cameron’s Nazi-esque research on their Web sites (examples: AFA in 2005, FRC in Oct. 2006, and CWA in 2002 examples – there are many more).
We exposed AFA’s promotion of this known hate group over a year ago, to no avail. AFA continues to promote the hate group on its Web site. It’s one thing for the religious right to be a bunch of anti-gay bigots, but it’s quite another to embrace science that echoes of Nazi Germany. It’s time for the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and the Concerned Women for America to publicly rebuke Paul Cameron and their former employee Peter LaBarbera.