From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
The Family Research Council (FRC) is hosting its annual Values Voter Summit Oct. 13-15, a rogues’ gallery of the radical right, this year keynoted by President Trump himself.
The FRC is an organization that has relentlessly vilified LGBT people – portraying them as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to children and the nation. Because of its demonizing lies about the LGBT community, it has been named as a hate group by the SPLC.
Like its host, the Values Voters Summit claims it stands for “values.” But whose values?
What’s the Values Voter Summit?
The Values Voter Summit is an annual political conference bringing together some of the most extreme groups on the right, including multiple designated hate groups. It was founded in 2006 and is hosted by the Family Research Council.
Who’s Family Research Council?
The Family Research Council (FRC) is an organization that often makes false and intentionally dehumanizing claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”
Here’s their statement on “homosexuality:”
Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health the effects. While the origins of same-sex attractions may be complex, there is no convincing evidence that a homosexual identity is ever something genetic or inborn. We oppose the vigorous efforts of homosexual activists to demand that homosexuality be accepted as equivalent to heterosexuality in law, in the media, and in schools.”
Read more about the Family Research Council.
What can you do?
Bigotry is not an American value. You can stand up for equality and speak out against the bigotry displayed by the Family Research Council. Here’s how:
- Let people know that President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBT people and works to deny them of their equal rights. Share this message on social media.
- Expose the Family Research Council’s true values. Download this image and share.
- Educate yourself. Read our profile on the Family Research Council.
- Take action against hate in your community. Follow our 10 Ways to Fight Hate guide.
This is what Trump’s America looks like. This is what the conservative rights means when they say “Make America Great Again.” This what they mean when they say “Take our country back.” And they do it, in large part, in the name of Jesus Christ.
This is an affront to Christianity. Anyone who has read Jesus’ words knows that He was accepting, welcoming, and loving. He preached to, and associated with, the outcast, the marginalized, the poor, the sick, the sinners.
Jesus commanded us to love one another. He said not one single word about homosexuality. Not. One. Word.
The people that host and attend these events are bigots and haters. And Trump stands arm in arm with them.