AFA joins FRC’s call to ‘jail the gays’

Yes, it’s 2010 and we think we’re making progress on LGBT equality. But, the haters still hate us. A lot.

USAToday’s Religious columnist, Cathy Lynn Grossman, reports on right-wing theocrats from the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) who want to imprison gay Americans for being gay. For whatever reason, there has been an increased stream of this kind of extremist talk coming from groups that make up the base of the Republican Party:

Focus on the Family, sponsor of the Tim Tebow ad at the Super Bowl, isn’t the only conservative evangelical group riling its critics right now.

Some folks are worried about President Obama munching toast at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast with friends of Ugandan homophobe David Bahati. But while the prayer event held the headlines, leaders of the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, made news, too.

They wouldn’t go as far as Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill pushed by Bahati. They would just outlaw homosexuality, like shooting up illegal drugs, here in the USA, according to Tobin Grant’s weekly roundup of the latest from Christian activist groups, for Christianity Today.

That these groups feel comfortable talking about jailing the gays at this point in times says a lot about the state of affairs in our nation.

Last week, John posted the video of Peter Spriggs from the Family Research Council calling for gay criminalization on MSNBC’s Hardball.

The above-cited Tobin Grant includes this excerpt detailing AFA’s warped thinking:

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association agreed with Sprigg. Citing policies and findings of the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control, Fischer concluded that homosexual behavior should be criminalized because it “represents an enormous threat to public health.”

“It’s a simple matter of common sense, sound public policy, and a concern for public health. … Whatever we think we should do to curtail injection drug use are the same sorts of things we should pursue to curtail homosexual conduct,” said Fischer, AFA’s director of issue analysis.

Fischer further justified his view by claiming that 1 Timothy 1:8-11 says “those ‘who practice homosexuality’ should come under the purview of the law just as much as those who take people captive in order to sell them into slavery.”

Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are important players in Republican politics. So, we have to start asking Republicans if they agree with this proposal to jail the gays.

This could be part of some bizarre right-wing strategy to pull the debate away from progress on DADT. But, the scary thing is that they mean it. They don’t want to kill us, just jail us.

This comes at a time when a leading Democratic consultant, Douglas Schoen, is actively promoting political homophobia. That’s not helpful either.

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