Back in October I posted here about my indignation that the far-right group the Family Research Council had sent an anti-Gabrielle Giffords text to my cell phone--on which I intentionally don't have a text message plan--and then, when I went to their own blog post about the issue in question and tried to comment, refused to run my comment with a bogus claim that I was behind a proxy. Only I wasn't--they just didn't want comments that questioned their policy.
A commenter on that post (which I freely accepted--the only comments I delete are those that are purely spam and are trying to take readers from this blog to commercial sites) said that he had been planning to pick up my novel City Under the Sand, but now he wouldn't. I acknowledged his anger and said that I read books by authors with many different political leanings, and was sorry he wouldn't do the same.
Now the well-respected Southern Poverty Law Center has declared FRC a hate group, for its constant anti-gay rhetoric. This gives FRC the same designation that the KKK has earned for its ongoing demonization of blacks and other ethnic minorities. I'm a contributor to SPLC, and I receive all its literature, and I don't believe they hand out this designation lightly. Here's an article about their study and report, which amasses data from the past 14 years and shows that gays are twice as likely to be the victims of violent, hate-inspired attacks than blacks and Jews, 4 times as likely as Muslims, and 14 times as likely as Latinos. Given these findings, it's hard for groups like FRC, which constantly issue dishonest and degrading rhetorical attacks against gays, to claim that those attacks aren't contributing to actual, physical violence.
I won't link to the FRC here--if you want to find their site, no doubt complete with Tony Perkins's misleading denials of anti-gay attitudes (although, significantly, in the reports I've seen of his response, he hasn't claimed that FRC hasn't said the things SPLC claims, only that he doesn't think there's anything wrong with it), you can do so easily enough. But here's a page that has collected and documented some of its most scurrilous anti-gay rhetoric, in case you want to see what these so-called Christians think about our gay brothers and sisters.
I don't think my previous complaint about FRC was out of line. In fact, since it focused on their attempt to run up my cell phone bill by spamming me with an attack against a candidate I supported, it was probably too forgiving. What they did to me is minor compared to what they've done over a period of years to innocent people. I'm glad SPLC has called them out for it, and I have no doubt that the designation is well earned. If that makes a few people not want to read my books--and if those people are as full of hate as FRC apparently is--then there's probably not much they'd enjoy in my books, anyway. In my books, the haters are the bad guys. And that, I think, is as it should be.