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The Family Research Council or FRC is a conservative Christian lobbying organization and an Anti-gay hate group formed in 1981 by James Dobson. The FRC promotes what it considers to be "traditional family values", by calling for social and political conservative policies. It is against homosexuality, women's choice, LGBT rights, LGBT Adoption, Marriage Equality, Divorce, Premarital sex, Birth Control, Embryonic Stem-cell Research, and Pornography. The current president of FRC is Tony Perkins.

Stance On Premarital SexEdit

On March 11th. 2013, Family Research Council leader, Pat Fagan appeared with Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch" to discuss his article which claims that Eisenstadt v. Baird, the 1972 case that overturned a Massachusetts law banning the distribution of Contraceptives to unmarried people, may rank “as the single most destructive decision in the history of the Court.”  Fagan argued that the Supreme Court decision was wrong because it effectively meant that “single people have the right to engage in sexual intercourse.” “Society never gave young people that right, functioning societies don’t do that, they stop it, they punish it, they corral people, they shame people, they do whatever,” Fagan said. [1]

Premarital Sex Illegal!? Fundamentalist Says It Should Be03:06

Premarital Sex Illegal!? Fundamentalist Says It Should Be

Pat Fagan of the FRC

Courtesy of The Young Turks

Stance On LGBT RightsEdit

According to the Family Research Council, "homosexuality is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed" and it is "by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects." The FRC also asserts that "there is no convincing evidence that a homosexual identity is ever something genetic or inborn". An amicus brief was submitted by the Council jointly with Focus on the Family in the U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, the case that overturned sodomy laws on privacy grounds. The summary of the amicus curiae brief declares that "States may discourage the 'evils' ... of sexual acts outside of marriage by means up to and including criminal prohibition" and that it is constitutionally permissible for Texas to "choose to protect marital intimacy by prohibiting same-sex 'deviate' acts". Similar positions have been advocated by representatives of the organisation since the Supreme Court case was decided in 2003. In February 2010, the Family Research Council's Senior Researcher for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, stated on NBC's Hardball that gay behavior should be outlawed and that "criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior" should be enforced. In May that same year, Sprigg publicly suggested that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy would encourage molestation of heterosexual service members. In November 2010, Perkins was asked about Sprigg's comments regarding the criminalization of same-sex behavior: he responded that criminalizing homosexuality is not a goal of the Family Research Council. Perkins repeated the FRC's association of gay men with pedophilia, stating: "If you look at the American College of Pediatricians, they say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children." The opinions expressed by Perkins are contradicted by mainstream social science research on same-sex parenting, and on the likelihood of child molestation by homosexuals and bisexuals, which has been found to be lower than child molestation by heterosexuals. [2] Some scientists whose work is cited by the American College of Pediatricians - a small conservative organization which was formed when the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed adoption by same-sex couples - have said that it has distorted and misrepresented their work. The opinions and statements made by Sprigg and Perkins in 2010 contributed to the decision by the Southern Poverty Law Center to designate the FRC as a hate group in the Winter 2010 issue of its magazine, Intelligence Report.

Propaganda VideosEdit

The FRC claims it does "research" on homosexuality but in fact, this research isn't Peer reviewed or published by any scientist, doctor, or psychologist and is clearly false, made up information.

Should marriage be changed to promote same-sex couples?04:55

Should marriage be changed to promote same-sex couples?

FRC's Propaganda Video

Parents Discuss the Teaching of Homosexuality in their Child's School03:14

Parents Discuss the Teaching of Homosexuality in their Child's School

Support Of Uganda's "Kill The Gays" BillEdit

Tony Perkins tweeted his support of Uganda, which is weighing an extremely harsh antigay bill that could put gays behind bars and possibly sentences some to death.

"American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance — afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God," the FRC's Tony Perkins tweeted.

The Human Rights Campaign condemned Perkins's tweet, with spokesman Fred Sainz saying in a statement, "Tony Perkins can't claim that FRC isn't a hate group, while at the same time support a bill that many believe would bring the death penalty to gay Ugandans."  Leaders of the African nation continue to push the legislation, which includes life sentences for certain gay people. While some officials say an earlier provision in the bill that called for the death sentence has been dropped, there is no evidence to verify that, according to the HRC. Activists were quick to point out that FRC had gone so far as to lobby Congress in 2010 on a resolution condemning the "kill the gays" bill, though FRC has said it wasn't attempting to block the resolution. Perkins claims that his tweet supporting Uganda's president had nothing to do with the headlines the country's Parliament generated by renewing consideration of the so-called "kill the gays" bill.  The timing of his tweet, he claims, is a "coincidence". As he often does, Perkins attacked the media.

"With fewer journalists able to separate the news from their personal politics, groups like FRC are no longer fighting bias — but outright deception," Perkins tweeted.

Perkins said the tweet was in response to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni "who took the bold step of leading his country in a public prayer of confession for a multitude of sins Uganda committed over the last 50 years, including the genocide of Idi Amin." Saying that Uganda is a "modern example of a nation prospered by God" apparently doesn't necessarily include its active consideration of a law that criminalizes homosexuality and potentially puts gay people to the death penalty. Activists are watching the country's Parliament with renewed alarm in recent days after its leaders pledged to pass the bill.  "If you want to get the press's attention, just say the word 'Uganda' and wait for the firestorm," Perkins said, perhaps alluding to his real intent in making the tweet. "For years, the African nation has been condemned for its severe laws criminalizing homosexuality. Despite allegations to the contrary, FRC has never supported that policy — or any policy that imposes the death penalty on homosexuals. What we do oppose is the suggestion that gay and lesbian acts are universal human rights."  It's unclear what the FRC believes should be the consequence for engaging in "gay and lesbian acts," but in the very least it has in the past backed campaigns to stop shopping at businesses that support LGBT employees. It has also defended so-called "reparative therapy" as a plausible remedy despite the dangerous consequences warned of by top psychological associations.  The HRC said the tweet was further evidence that the FRC is deservedly labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others as a "hate group."

Sources etcEdit

  1. FRC: No Right to Have Sex Outside of Marriage, Society Should 'Punish It'
  2. An exception to this is the Priest Child Molestation Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church where three quarters of the victims are boys

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