NEW REPORT: Number of Antigay Hate Groups on the Rise

By: Christopher Donaldson
3.22.2012

In the last few years, the gay rights movement has progressed by quantum leaps, possible only in a country where homophobia is becoming increasingly difficult to explain.

But such remarkable progress has also given rise to more and more homophobic disciplines as noxious and infuriating as the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council—among many others—whom would very much like to force LGBT men and women everywhere back into the closet, which they will of course keep locked in order to protect traditional families from mere heathens like you and me.

This is one of those facts of ordinary life that can’t be taken for granted.

So it should come as no surprise that the number of anti-gay hate groups in the United States increased by 60% in the past year from 17 in 2010 to 27 in 2011, according to a recent Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“The LGBT community made significant advances in 2011, with the repeal of the “Don’t Act, Don’t Tell” policy on gay men and lesbians in the military, the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage by Americans and the legalization of such bonds in New York State,” wrote Mark Potok, a Senior Fellow at SPLC. “But it was precisely these advances that seemed to set off a furious rage on the religious right, with renewed efforts to ban or repeal marriage equality and what seemed to be an intensification of anti-gay propaganda in certain quarters.”

There's no doubt, as a long-term operation, that the religious right will continue to throw its fugitive punches at the gay community through calculated political and social strategies on a major but precarious scale well into the foreseeable future. And there’s little mystery that this very visible movement needs to be reckoned with, if we are to understand its extreme consequences. Like the ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu once said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

Without further ado, here are SPLC’s most recent anti-gay hate group additions for the year 2011.

1. United Families International, Gilbert, AZ.

2. Save California, Sacramento, CA.

3. Sons Of Thundr / Faith Baptist Church, Primrose, GA.

4. You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide, Annandale, MN.

5. Parents Action League, Champlin, MN.

6. Jewish Political Action Committee, Brooklyn, NY.

7. Windsor Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

8. Misson: America, Columbus, OH.

9. True Light Pentecost Church, Spartanburg, SC.

10. Tom Brown Ministries, El Paso, TX.

11. Public Advocate of the United States, Falls Church, VA. (list via Box Turtle Bulletin)

Read the full report at www.splcenter.org.

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