Monday, March 22, 2010

Anti-Gay Website Listed as Hate Group

by Julie Bolcer for The Advocate:

The website of the anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, (a close ally of Venango County-based Diane Gramley and her American "Family" Association of Pennsylvania), was recently listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The listing, which appeared in the most recent issue of Intelligence Report, the Law Center’s quarterly publication, was the result of lobbying by the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network, according to a news release from GLN.

“The criteria that the Law Center historically has used to determine whether or not an organization is a hate group is not merely that it opposes legal equality for gays or others, but whether or not they intentionally utilize discredited and slanderous propaganda to spread lies about a group of people,” said GLN. “By repeatedly using the phoney ‘research’ of defrocked psychologist Paul Cameron, who is roundly condemned by every major professional psychological association, AFTAH's website apparently met the Law Center's definition of a hate group.”

The leader of AFTAH is Peter LaBarbera, who previously headed the Illinois Family Institute. According to GLN, that group was briefly listed as a hate group by the Law Center when it listed work from Cameron on its website.

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