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Why are Christian ministries being smeared as “hate groups”?

Why would anybody accuse 13 Christian organizations, including the American Family Association and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, of practicing “hate?”

Why would anybody apply intense pressure this weekend until TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologized publicly for having anything to do with Focus on the Family?

What’s going on?

Could the intent be to smear and silence some of the most effective Christian ministries in America? To blacken their names because they have dared to speak out in the political battle over same-sex marriage?

When a smear campaign against the Family Research Council began last year, it was immediately denounced by Speaker of the House John Boehner and 150 other national leaders, including 24 members of Congress.

Those denouncing the smear against FRC included former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, former Secretary of Education and bestselling author William Bennett, Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson, chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America Penny Nance, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly, Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association and Southern Baptist Convention spokesman Richard Land.

That time the smear was led by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which for years has pursued anti-discrimination cases. It received considerable well-deserved publicity for suing the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups.

However, the SPLC in recent years has taken up the same-sex marriage cause and the battle against “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military.

In late December 2010, the center advised the national press to shun 13 Christian groups because they were hate groups. Among the groups smeared were the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition. The smaller groups included Abiding Truth Ministries of Springfield, Massachusetts; the Chalcedon Foundation of Vallecito, California; and the Faithful Word Baptist Church of Tempe, Arizona.

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Paul

posted July 12, 2011 at 1:29 am


I believe the issue is that these groups repeat things that they know to be false in an effort to incite animosity against gays and lesbians. It goes well beyond a concern about marriage. These groups are purposefully telling lies about other people in order to cause harm. That’s not what a Christian would do. I am a Christian, and their actions are wrong.



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Bob

posted July 12, 2011 at 6:36 am


It would seem Christians continue to be an acceptable target for having the audacity to stand up for traditional family values. We are being assaulted by the secular elite. Why? Perhaps family or basic Christian values are inconvenient for their agenda. So, when no solid argument of substance can be formed, the traditional response is to attack. Being Christians we are to love everyone. I don’t believe that means to also condone all agendas and to massage scripture to to fit a specific agenda.



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cknuck

posted July 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm


One cannot follow Christ and not follow the family values Christ teaches.



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cknuck

posted July 14, 2011 at 12:34 am


truth is in convenient so real Christians are hated



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Cathy

posted July 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm


If these Christian groups would keep their religious beliefs out of public policy and stop trying to deny equal rights to all Americans, the smear campaigns would stop. You can be as bigoted as you want in church, and you won’t hear a peep from me. But once you enter civil discourse and start affecting the lives of citizens who don’t believe the same as you, all’s fair.

So you keep trying to deny my friends and family equal protection under the law, and we’ll keep calling you haters.



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Cathy

posted July 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm


If these Christian groups would keep their religious beliefs out of public policy and stop trying to deny equal rights to all Americans, the smear campaigns would stop. You can be as bigoted as you want in church, and you won’t hear a peep from me. But once you enter civil discourse and start affecting the lives of citizens who don’t believe the same as you, all’s fair.



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