In the Orwellian, bizarro world of the Christian right, homophobic "family values" groups are considered to be exemplars of all that is good and noble while those who criticize these values are considered to be "haters." This type of doublethink has been on display since the unfortunate shooting incident at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. Because the Huffington Post accurately described the FRC as a Southern Poverty Law Center identified hate group, the right wing are outraged. And whenever the right wing is outraged, you can count on Michelle Malkin to bring her reasoned discourse to the discussion. (Just kidding) Malkin, whose Christian family values seem to include distaste for minorities and Muslims, got some recent notoriety when she posted a photo of Trayvon Martin which made him look like a street thug. This morning she brought her patented snark and snarl to Fox & Friends where she pontificated about anti-FRC haters. Oh, the irony.
Steve Doocy reported the back story about the shooting and noted that Huffington Post "has already referred to the Family Research Council, a traditional family values organization, as a hate group. (His normally high pitched voice went up several notes at the end of the comment). The chyron read "Where's the Sympathy, Liberal Media Slams FRC Hours After Shooting." Malkin started her soliloquy. She said that the horror of the incident "was compounded by this wave of hatred that greeted the news" which was "not unexpected." She continued her rant: "Not only did Huffington Post refer to the Family Research Council as a hate group after the fact, but, of course, we had this left wing group, Human Rights Council, which has been on the case of many traditional values, family values groups for years now, referred to FRC as a ‘hate group,’ just 18 hours before the event. And all of that is stoked by another left-wing group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which classified FRC as a ‘hate group."
She raised her voice as she plaintively cried "why, why." Pulling out the patented and very popular Fox "scary black man" meme she asked "Have they done anything like the new Black Panther Party has in calling for violence and murder and armed revolution? No — the simple fact is their crime is that they stand for social conservative values. They defend traditional marriage and they believe in the sanctity of life. And I agree with many of these groups like the National Organization for Marriage that that kind of rhetoric has to stop. We always hear from left-wing groups after random acts of violence that everybody needs to have more introspection about their words and rhetoric. But they never do that after an attack like what happened yesterday and maybe they should.”
Michelle asks why the FRC is branded as a hate group. Why indeed!
*Their president, Tony Perkins, says that anti-bullying campaigns are bad because they provide "active affirmation of homosexual conduct and their efforts to redefine the family." (That ole "gay agenda" thingie).
*Research fellow Tim Daley links homosexuality to pedophilia.
*Senior Research Fellow Peter Sprigg promotes reparative therapy for gays (programs, like Exodus International, that Dan Cathy contributes to) and advocates criminalization of gay "behavior."
*Perkins said that hate crime laws are a "sign of chaos" in America.
Right Wing Watch has lots more.
So according to Malkin, "defending traditional marriage" means defaming people for their sexual orientation. How is that not hateful? And what Malkin neglected to mention is that the author of the Huffpo article expressed his "thoughts and condolences to those affected by the incident." Malkin also didn't mention that the SPLC has branded the New Black Panthers as a "virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization" and a "hate group." But poor Michelle is upset that the FRC is, with good reason, designated as a hate group. In her words, "boo, freaking, hoo!"
Only in the Orwellian and bizarro world of Fox & Friends is homophobia considered a "family value" by a person who traffics in personal attacks. It's a complex world!
And BTW, the FRC shooter could be prosecuted under the hate crimes law that the FRC opposed!
Of course marriage itself is discriminatory, why should singles pay more taxes than married couples, if we have anti-discrimination laws regarding employment,housing,insurance,credit in martial status, why should we have discrimination in criminal law,social security,taxation,immigration, inheritance,welfare,pensions,health insurance,etc
By the same token, married couples find themselves in a trap when the realize that in certain circumstances, getting legally married comes with its consequences, mind you not the responsibilities, but discrimination in certain aspects of welfare,taxation, depending on income,situational aspects, state laws, family size and structure,etc
Marriage itself is the real enemy, I understand that it won’t take overnight to fix the problem, so same-sex couples want access to the same equal-rights. Not only is malkin a hypocrite, she’s a damn if you do, damn if you don’t. She’ll criticize obama for supporting the olympics in the usa, and if he doesn’t do it, she’ll be like “why wasn’t he doing that instead of doing golf”. never anything positive.
Such as a shame, she could use her positive energy to also criticize the partisanship and hypocrisy of her own party and demonstrate independence. Instead she is just being another token fox news gop person with a loudmouth.