On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Why are Christian ministries being accused of “hate speech”?

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.

Family Research Council President Perkins called the SPLC’s accusations “a desperate attempt for attention by a dwindling national liberal base losing its relevance.”

“It’s further evidence that the left is losing and that they’re out of ideas,” Perkins said. “They tried to do the same thing with the ‘tea party’ movement, they tried to characterize them as hate groups. They can’t win, so they engage in character assassination.”


Disagreeing with somebody does not make them a “hate group.”

About 150 public officials and pro-family leaders not only denounced the attempted blacklisting, but publicly supported the targeted groups in full-page ads in several national venues. The ads said they “stand in solidarity” with the slandered organizations, which “are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family.”

Attempting to smear Christian organizations which dare to speak out against same-sex marriage “is intolerance pure and simple,” the ad said. “Elements of the radical left are trying to shut down informed discussion of policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures and the courts. Our debates can and must remain civil – but they must never be suppressed through personal assaults that aim only to malign an opponent’s character.”


But that’s exactly what happened in this last weekend’s campaign to get TOMS Shoes’ founder to back away from working with Focus on the Family. And the success in getting TOMS Shoes to denounce Focus on the Family in a detailed public statement is particularly worrisome.

What kind of society shouts down opponents? What kind of groups have employed these tactics throughout history?

Today in Europe and a number of other countries, any criticism of homosexuality is automatically deemed “hate speech,” thus prohibiting any debate of the issue. That is the goal for America with these campaigns — both the Southern Poverty Law Center’s denunciation of the 13 ministries and the intense pressure to blacken Focus on the Family’s reputation.


On a single issue — to normalize homosexuality — nothing is sacred, not even decades of remarkable work by such groups as the Family Research Center and the American Family Association.

This is a very slippery slope.

In Canada, a Christian television show was reinstated in December 2010 after being taken off the air in response to the host’s comments about homosexuality. Although Word TV is back on the air, the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council is now prescreening and censoring its content.

“We spoke against a new proposed sex education curriculum that would teach gender identity, six genders, and sexual orientation to our children,” explained Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College and host of the show.


McVety also spoke against a $400,000 Canadian government grant for a homosexual pride parade, which the government ultimately withdrew because of nudity and other illegal behavior.

The CBSC afforded McVety no hearing, ruling that he had breached the code of ethics. In reference to his comments criticizing the parade, the council ruled that the preacher used the term “sex parade” in a derogatory way during a sermon.

During a sermon?

The Canadian government is now in the business of policing what is said in pulpits?

“The criminal code says the people in the parade should be prosecuted,” notes McVety. “But somehow, I am the one prosecuted for speaking against this.”

McVety was told if he commits further “offenses,” he will be permanently taken off the air in Canada.


He must censor himself or else.

Is that what we want for America? No debate? Arrest or banning for anybody who speaks out?

McVety plans to continue fighting the censorship. He warns that the same situation is coming to the United States, unless the public announces that enough is enough.

Is such a scenario ridiculous? It just couldn’t happen in America?

In 2004, a Swedish court sentenced a Pentecostal pastor to prison after finding him guilty of offending homosexuals. Speaking in the pulpit at his church in the east coast town of Borgholm, Ake Green described homosexuality as “abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society.” He called homosexuals “perverts, whose sexual drive the devil has used as his strongest weapon against God.”


During legal proceedings, the public prosecutor, Kjell Yngvesson, said that Green’s “collecting Bible verses on this topic as he does makes this hate speech.”

Reading the Bible is hate speech?

The pastor said he wanted to make clear the biblical view on homosexuality, not to express disrespect.

Soren Andersson, president of a Swedish federation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, said religious freedom is no excuse to offend people.

Well, tell that to preachers for the last 2,000 years.

It’s pretty difficult to preach against sin without offending the offenders.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Randy

    Oh no! Someone was “offended”! Well, I’m offended by the anti-Christian homosexuals. But I’m not politically correct. Praise God! Praise Jesus!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patty

    Why do these groups feel it is ok to say what they want, yet they say what we Christians stand for as hate? This is the question that haunts me everytime I read stories like this. Does the right to freedom of speech only apply to them? I care about people all kinds of people, whether they be gay or straight. Do I always agree with lifestyle choices that can bring harm to the individual, no I don’t whether they be gay or straight. I have seen marriages between a man and woman fall apart because of decisions they make. I have seen children hurt because of the decision people make. Jesus calls us to love people, not choices or decisions that could be harmful. I will continue to speak out against the people who try to deny God’s Will for his people while loving and praying for the same individual.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Outspoken

    I’m so sick of websites like this one hiding behind the shroud of Christianity, when in fact, it’s all about racism. Please don’t lie. Ever since a black president was elected, white America has had a problem with him and anything about him. You’ve lied, twisted and distorted anything about him or anything he tries to accomplish. You’ve agreed to disagree, trying to stop anything he attempts to do. The ugly head of racism has reared it’s ugly head up high. White America should be ashamed of themselves. Then, you give examples of racists who are held up to the highest in the Republican white community. These are individuals whom I have no respect for b/c of the deep rooted feelings of hatred they have for blacks in power.

    I will continue to pray for these individuals. The one thing I have to point out as being one who resides in an all white community and having attended a white church, I have to say that whites bring politics into the pulpit, while blacks don’t. Why is that? Why can’t the POTUS do anything rt? Why are the GOP always disagreeing to anything that would help the ppl of America or the economy? You Repugnants aren’t always right, as no one is. None of you are God, and God isn’t pleased at all. All of this hatred for your fellow man, namely the black man, is going to put you all in the lake of fire. God does not like sin.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patsy

    They will not quit until the bible is completely banned. Pray for Christ’s return because only then will this sick world recevied healing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Adly

    We are living in the last days, previous to the 2nd Coming of the Lord. We are experiencing the same things as in the days of the Flood.
    Nevertheless, we must raise our voices, just like the Same Sex movements always speak loud and clear. Do not fear. If you witness in the name of Jesus, He will not be ashamed of you, before His Father.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nelson smallenbarger

    read romans chapter . it will tell what happen when they did not obey GOD or forgot GOD

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edith

    Paul wrote about homosexuality and even Paul said some of what he wrote was his own opinion, not God’s. Paul knew nothing about genetics in his day.And no one would say God planned for children to be born with Down Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis either. Some of our Christian ministries are as homophobic as the public. What does it matter who loves who, as long as people keep the moral law. Heteros are not concerned with keeping the moral law either, but of course two wrongs don’t make a right. God loves all of his children.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mark

    Letter to Toms

    Your intolerance of Christians, and bowing (pardon the pun) to a bunch of narcissist sodomites will certainly deprive many children(your company says it cares for)
    of Your shoes.
    * “We partner with humanitarian and health organizations around the world. They can help us give shoes year after year, providing shoes to the same children as they grow.
    * unless they disagree with sodomites*
    Patrick Fitzmichael has put it well:
    “If only I loved poor children as much as I hate Christians…”

    “Thanks to all of you who signed the petition. TOMS shoes really heard us loud and clear! As I’ve said before, we have corporate America in our pocket. We say ‘jump’, and they say ‘how high?’ Just remember–eternal vigilance is the price of guilt-free sodomy!”
    Think about it, you are bowing to a group of people who’s lifestyle leads to disease and early death, not only for their narcissist self’s (who choose this life-style) but to the innocent who are adversely affected.
    Millions of children have been infected with HIV due to the homosexuals you are bowing to. Christian organizations’ help those children while your sodomites selfishly increase suffering and are a drain financially to medical research, while also increasing insurance costs.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TERRY HARMON

    After much thought about what I am going to say.For I do not want to offend anyoneperson or persons. The people who put down what GOD said in the bible that the homosexual life style is not right but it is adnormal. Now I am not trying say anything inline with hate speech. But the people who get involved in this style of life made the choice to live that way on their own free will.Now i ask you fine folks here in this comment section.No one pointed a gun their heads and said your now living this kind of life. Now I think some would say that is hate speech. No it is not. Who decides what is and isn’t hate speech. The preachers who stand in their pulpits speaking about this and then there is some lawyer out there who sees the time to make a fast dollar. And this is what it is all about the almighty dollar. And there is one more thing the gay people upset about the fact one these people have health insursence because they are married they can not share those benefits. That is to bad . Remember the people made their decision to live that way. I think these people knowing in advance what they were doing. But did not think about the problems it would come in the future. Once they make beds now they have to sleep in.

    This kind of life is like some other kinds of life that ruins lifes , not only family’s lifes. Now the bible also tells us that if you drink do it in moderation and not to do it until you are drunked on the wine. When you start drinking you can’t stop until you are consumed and all your troubles in life get drowned in the bottle. I guess what I am saying is you choose the life style you want to live. And do not care what folks around them . Now when someone says that that gay people want some attenion because they aren’t getting any at all in other circles. I guess these people should be carefull what they wish for. But these people fail to understand is this once you make the decision about life is theirs and theirs alone. And the lawyers who want to make a make a buck or two in this sue everybody life. The bible tells me that we are to love the sinner and hate the sin . But the gay people cannot see that way. Now the bible is our law on and about how we are to live. The Christians should pray for these people. I guess we should ask them (the gay folks) if they should die today would they go heaven or hell.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Milton


    It is interesting that you compare homosexuality with Down Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis, both of which are abnormal defects (redundant, I know). If homosexuality is a defect and not a choice then what is hateful about pointing this out. Yes God loves the person with Down Syndrome but he surely does not love the Syndrome. Hate the sin not the sinner. Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, and homosexuality are all perversions of God’s creation.

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