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CNN's Religion Blog Gets It Wrong

In a post on their Belief Blog, CNN's Michael Pearson writes:
In 2010, the FRC was widely denounced after blogger Joe My God published documents that appeared to show the FRC provided $25,000 for lobbying efforts to defeat a congressional resolution expressing opposition to a proposed law in Uganda, which called for the imprisonment of gays and lesbians and the death penalty for those accused of spreading disease and other acts of "aggravated homosexuality." The story was picked up by several news organizations and still appears in Internet denunciations of the group. In a 2010 statement, the FRC said that it did not support the Uganda bill or the death penalty for gays and lesbians. In a statement published at the time, the group said it only wanted lawmakers to "remove sweeping and inaccurate assertions that homosexual conduct is internationally recognized as a fundamental human right." Not long after that controversy, the SPLC added the FRC to its list of hate groups.
While the SPLC's November 2010 announcement of adding the FRC to their anti-gay hate groups list did come five months after the above-referenced JMG post, there is zero indication that my post influenced their decision. In fact, there is not one mention of Uganda on the SPLC's lengthy recounting of anti-gay actions and positions by the FRC.

If anything finally pushed the FRC onto its rightful place on the SPLC's list that year, it was their ferocious, ugly, and lie-filled campaign against the repeal of DADT and their relentless attempts to thwart anti-bullying laws all over the nation. All of those actions were infested with allegations and warnings of homosexual rape, pedophilia, and HIV transmission.

While our enemies may want to try to circle this entire debacle back to a single blog post from two years ago, something we've seen this week on Breitbart and elsewhere, don't let them get away with it. All of us here have seen hundreds of examples of why the Family Research Council has correctly been characterized as an anti-gay hate group. That's the fact that CNN and the rest of the mainstream media needs to understand.

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