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Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 15 Feb 2011 12:32 am

God is hate

Religion is frequently used to justify hate. Now religion is getting called out for its hatred:

Hate under cloak of religion

Last week, the law center added the Family Research Council to its list of more than 930 active hate groups, citing the anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders and researchers, which have included calls to re-criminalize consensual sex between individuals of the same gender. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as one with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

Here’s another way to see the same trend:

Conservatives won big in the midterms by focusing on government, not social issues. But they seem to be going back to their old ways.

But when you translate the American specialness conservatives cite into policy, the results can be disquieting. It apparently means more God, with one display inquiring, “Why are you a conservative?” The most succinct response, “Because God is.” It means cracking down on immigration, conveniently forgetting that President Reagan signed an amnesty bill, and of course repealing Obama’s health-care law, which Iowa Republican Steve King calls a cancer tumor that must be pulled out by its roots and eradicated before it metastasizes. A panel on “political correctness” in the military assailed the recent overturning of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on gay soldiers.

God is hate. There is no way around it.

7 Responses to “God is hate”

  1. on 15 Feb 2011 at 2:46 am 1.Grant said …

    This is not God related, but thought I would add the truth about the SPLC. A shame, a good group in the 60s.

    The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the Center one of the worst ratings of any group it monitors,” continued Silverstein. “Morris Dees doesn’t need your financial support. The SPLC is already the wealthiest civil rights group in America, though [its fundraising literature] quite naturally omits that fact. … ‘Morris and I…shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money,’ recalls Dees’s business partner, a lawyer named Millard Fuller (not to be confused with Millard Farmer). ‘We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich.’” (You say Fuller. I say Farmer. The two Millards say “call the whole thing off.”)

    So, what happens when a dragon slayer — paid per dragon head — runs out of real dragons to slay? Well, he invents new ones, of course. Gotta keep those sprinklers-a-sprinklin.’ (According to Harper’s, “Dees bought a 200-acre estate appointed with tennis courts, a pool, and stables.” SPLC’s 2008 Form-990 shows net assets of over 219 million at the beginning of that year. Yup, there’s a spate to be made in the hate trade.)

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mbarber/100325

  2. on 16 Feb 2011 at 12:44 am 2.JTK said …

    Grant, the SPLC got a bad rating for keeping an excess amount in reserve by the standards of a review agency. Not for actions of Morris Dees, unless raising lots of money for a charity is some kind of crime.

    By the way, do you know anything about Renew America? Alan Keyes? The birther who thinks Obama is a radical communist? Not exactly a source known for giving accurate and truthful information or analysis, lets just say. The article you link is some nitwit declaring the SPLC a hate group. The article is also full of misrepresentations of fact. Many of the accusations are spun in the way that only a radical right wing birther could spin things.

    Think twice before relying on people so insane that they got kicked out of the republican party. Birther nutjobs don’t exactly come off as reliable. Are you a birther too?

  3. on 16 Feb 2011 at 2:15 am 3.MM said …

    SPLC report is allegedly a review of “The Year in Hate and Extremism,” but there is not one mention of Islamic extremism included — nothing about the alleged murder of 13 people at Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan; nothing about the Muslim convert who apparently killed a soldier at a recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark.; nothing about the father who allegedly killed his daughter by ramming her with a car for being “too Westernized”; nothing about the founder of a Muslim TV station in Buffalo, N.Y., who was charged with beheading his wife for seeking a divorce; nothing about the murder of a college professor in New York state by his Muslim student, allegedly in revenge for “persecuted” Muslims.

    Just plain nothing.

    Because the Southern Poverty Law Center is not legitimately concerned about hate and extremism, but rather about marginalizing conservatives such as myself as “the radical right.” Can’t accomplish that by talking about actual murders carried out by Islamic extremists. Besides, what’s more dangerous: A Muslim unloading a semi-automatic weapon at a military base while shouting “God is great” in Arabic? Or American citizens “raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies”?

    Of course, that’s a rhetorical question. We all know that Americans are dangerous, especially when seeking to guarantee their constitutional rights. Among the “signs of growing radicalization” that SPLC spokesman Mark Potok notes in his “Rage on the Right” report is “Politicians pandering to the antigovernment right in 37 states [that] have introduced ‘Tenth Amendment resolutions,’ based on the constitutional provision keeping all power not explicitly given the the federal government with the states.”

  4. on 16 Feb 2011 at 2:49 am 4.Ben said …

    he American Spectator notes that many of the groups in the SPLC’s count are basically innocuous, and that’s certainly a point worth making. An even better point is not one single left wing group is listed. Not one. Feramongering is big business!

    http://www.johntanton.org/answering_my_critics/southern_poverty_law_center_splc_info.html

  5. on 18 Feb 2011 at 5:50 am 5.Riteous1 said …

    All non-believers will tremble on judgement day
    Everyone will see his eternal truth

  6. on 19 Feb 2011 at 10:05 am 6.TGHO said …

    @5 Heard it before. Still not impressed. *yawn*

  7. on 11 Mar 2011 at 3:04 am 7.Keith Pinster said …

    @Riteous1 – Your comment might have some validity if you didn’t base it on a delusional superstition. It has been said that, even though the religious can’t prove god exists, atheist’s can’t “prove” that it doesn’t. Except that it’s actually very easy to prove that it doesn’t. Your religion is corrupt, your bible is full of contradictions, inconsistencies, and logical fallacies. Basically, you’d have to be a complete idiot to believe such dribble. It amazes me that people like you actually humiliate yourself by spewing your nonsense in public. You probably don’t “believe” in the facts of Evolution, either, do you? Since it’s too complicated for your pea brain to wrap around, it MUST be false.

    You’re pathetic.

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