Stop Hating Supporters of Marriage and the Natural Family: Petition to Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin
The grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a so-called ‘report’ titled “The Export of Hate” that is nothing but an intentionally misleading, hate-filled attack on individuals and organizations and Christians who oppose their agenda of forcing a redefinition of marriage in America, and throughout the world. The ‘report’ has enjoyed some attention among uncritical, leftist online media outlets.
As is their custom, the HRC cites long-discredited and ideologically partisan sources such as the Southern Poverty Law Center to give apparent credibility to their hate-filled invective. They also intentionally misrepresent facts, twisting them beyond recognition to justify the charge that somehow supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman around the world is wrong.
Several individuals associated with the World Congress of Families including Larry Jacobs, Janice Crouse and Brian Brown were singled out by HRC in their report. The HRC says World Congress of Families is part of a “network of American extremists who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world,” people who spread “venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories and discredited science.” The suggestion is made that people like me are OK with “systematic stigmatization, persecution and violence” and may even be fine with gays and lesbians being put to death.
WCF readily and proudly pleads guilty to the “crime” of not supporting the HRC’s desire to redefine marriage. WCF has had the nerve to express that view not only here in America, but when invited to speak in other countries. Hence, in the distorted world of the HRC, I am an extremist and “export hate.”
But as HRC well knows, WCF has consistently denounced hate and violence. It is a slur and lie to claim otherwise. It should be clear to any honest observer that the truth is not what HRC is after. Instead they simply seek to silence and intimidate those with whom they disagree. Hence, the self-professed purpose of their “report” is to name and shame those who stand for the truth of the nature of marriage.
The HRC, as a founding member of the Council for Global Equality and partner of the George Soros funded, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is a key part of a network of organizations that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide attacking traditional faith communities, states, and individuals who stand for the truth about marriage and family. They are at the phalanx of a new form of cultural imperialism that seeks to overthrow the traditions, wisdom, and reason of cultures and faiths around the world.
Given such a global and organized attack on marriage and family, HRC should not be surprised that pro-family NGO’s and individuals are increasingly cooperating and communicating. That such a pro-family global community is developing is, to be sure, a threat to HRC’s goal of exporting the redefinition of marriage from a handful of mostly Western countries to the rest of the world.
As with other international coalitions, the emerging pro-family movement does not require that organizations or individuals agree on any and all, or even most issues. It certainly does not mean that they agree on religion, foreign policy, party politics, or economic policy. What they do share is a common belief that marriage and the family are the basic unit of civilization and must be protected.
WCF is proud to have played some small role in this emerging global movement. One of the few things HRC correctly notes is that WCF leaders have spoken at conferences around the world. However, these speeches focused not on “hate” or “division” but on the importance of individuals of different faiths, nationalities, cultures, and political creeds uniting together in a shared defense of the truth of marriage and family. Working together with men and women dedicated to protecting the family is not the definition of hate, but love.
Our shared Creator can write straight with crooked lines. HRC’s hate report has helped make clear to the global community what is at stake, it has revealed that HRC and its allies view traditional religious views on sexual morality and marriage as “hate”, it has taken the mask off of the new face of cultural imperialism.
Much work needs to be done both to protect marriage in this country and around the world. It will take courage, foresight, dialogue, resources, and humility. Let those of us who know what is at stake view HRC’s attack as an opportunity to quicken and enliven our efforts within our own countries and internationally. No matter what invective is hurled at us, no matter what lies are told, we can be sure that the most direct path to a civilization of love and peace is through protecting and nurturing the dignity of marriage and family.