How the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) publishes disinformation articles about pro-family leaders
Here's what they've written about Brian Camenker of MassResistance
Attempts to misinform and demonize.
May 5, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) libels pro-family, conservative, and Judeo-Christian organization around the country as “hate groups.” The SPLC also posts recklessly untrue, inaccurate, and dishonest articles about individual pro-family leaders. Unfortunately, these articles are often referenced as “fact” by leftwing websites, Wikipedia authors, and the mainstream media.
For example, here are excerpts from the SPLC’s article that includes Brian Camenker of MassResistance.
Here's what the SPLC writes about Camenker -- and the truth below.
At a 2006 religious right gathering in Washington, D.C., Camenker insisted that gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals. "One bill in Massachusetts takes away all the penalties for bestiality," he claimed. "This is where this [homosexual] agenda is going." A little later, he added, "They [gays and lesbians] are pushing perversion on our kids."
SPLC writes this as if Camenker was falsely claiming that the LGBT lobby was trying to repeal the bestiality statute (Ch. 272, sec. 34). But in fact, the LGBT lobby DID quietly file bills to repeal it – not only in 2006 but several times since then, including a bill filed in the recent 2015-2016 session. It was bizarre. Luckily, none of them have ever gotten out of committee.
The basic point is that the Left (and particularly the LGBT movement) is trying to overturn all laws concerned with sex that they consider “archaic”.
In 2006-2007, Mass-Resistance pushed for an amendment of the 1996 statute that would have required that parents be notified of any discussion of gay or lesbian issues in the schools. The group proposed language that lumped sexual orientation (which includes heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality) in with criminal behaviors like bestiality and polygamy.
This is not accurate and purposely misleading. The bill (S321) didn’t reference “discussion” of anything. It said that if schools were “presenting, implementing, or maintaining a school program” that included a list of subjects (all connected to sexuality), then parents are given the option to “opt in” to that program – not forced to “opt out” if they didn't want their child included. It’s completely reasonable.
During legislative testimony supporting the amendment, Camenker falsely claimed that no homosexuals died in the Holocaust and that the pink triangle the Nazis forced imprisoned gays to wear actually signified Catholic priests.
This is a complete lie. Camenker has never made any claim that “no homosexuals died in the Holocaust.” That would be absurd.
Regarding the pink triangles, Camenker said that SOME of the people forced to wear them were actually Catholic priests who were not “gay” but instead had been falsely accused of it by the Nazis, as an excuse to imprison them. This information came directly from Stephan Ross, a survivor of Auschwitz and several other concentration camps. Ross was the speaker at the 2005 MassResistance Banquet and was quite explicit about many issues regarding the camps.
Camenker, who has long focused on the purported “homosexual agenda” in the schools and frequently claimed gays are dangerous to kids, has repeatedly cited discredited claims from organizations like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality that link homosexuality and pedophilia.
More SPLC propaganda. Research from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is medically accurate and has not been “discredited” by any unbiased medical organization.
In 2008, Camenker made another accusation for which there was no supporting evidence at all — the claim that the state of Massachusetts had had to spend more money every year since same-sex marriage became legal in that state. That, he said, was because of “skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence” and because of the “extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships.”
This is another complete lie. Any cursory study of the Massachusetts State Budget during those years shows that expenditures for LGBT-related issues had in fact gone up each year. Moreover, it was the LGBT groups themselves that were claiming that homosexual domestic violence need more and more state money – and were lobbying hard for it in the Legislature.
This year, MassResistance called Boston Gay Pride events a “depraved” display that featured “a great deal of obviously disturbed, dysfunctional, and extremely self-centered people whose aim was to push their agenda.”
Well, the SPLC got this one right!