The most vociferous opponents of LGBT equality are now railing against the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designations, accusing the group of inciting the shooting that took place last week at the Family Research Council. But as Joe.My.God. noted yesterday, many of these same anti-gay leaders condemning the SPLC originally — and even quite recently — wore the label as a “badge of honor,” arguing that any group not demonizing gay people enough to earn the label was falling short of its goals:
MATT BARBER (2010): Like any bully, the SPLC only goes after those it believes it can push around. But really, it confers a badge of honor upon every legitimate Christian and conservative organization it so disingenuously mislabels ‘hate group.’ I’d like to officially request that the SPLC add my name to its spurious ‘anti-gay hate list.’ It’s good for one’s conservative and biblical bona fides.
PETER LABARBERA (2010): We are one of the rare groups that is opposed single-mindedly against the homosexual activist movement. The so-called gay lobby has reached the zenith of its power. They are everywhere. I don’t feel like a homophobe; as one guy said, I’m homo-nauseated. If you are not on the SPLC hate list, you are not doing enough.
SCOTT LIVELY (2012): When a Riverside County, CA area journalist asked the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center what it would take for me to be dropped from their list of hate groups, they said ‘Recant The Pink Swastika.’ Frankly, I don’t want to be dropped from that list, because, considering who they are, it is a badge of honor to be so designated.
MICHAEL BROWN (2012): I am flattered to be on the SPLC’s hit list and I wear it is as a badge of honor. And being associated with a ‘radical’ cause is hardly an insult to me if that cause be a righteous one. The more radical, the better. I want to publicly thank the SPLC for making my day and bringing a real smile to my face. I am overflowing with thanksgiving and appreciation.
That these same anti-gay talking heads are now attacking the SPLC shows that their entire argument is a rhetorical scam seeking to politically exploit a violent tragedy. They want to characterize themselves as victims to further marginalize the actual mistreatment of LGBT people that they propagate. With motives so obvious, they’re going to have to do more than complain if they want to have that “badge of honor” removed.