As if LGBT people, our allies, and atheists weren’t already targeted enough by America’s hateful Christian Right, the American Family Association has decided to take things a step further. The certified hate group has decided to publish a map leading its band of haters right to the front doors of prominent LGBT, atheist, and other organizations deemed to be “anti-Christian” in their narrow world view.
Accompanying the map is a statement of warning about the groups the AFA is targeting:
These groups are deeply intolerant towards the Christian religion. Their objectives are to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.
A common practice of these groups is threatening our nation’s schools, cities and states. By threat of lawsuit, they demand prayer removed from schools and city council meetings, Ten Commandments monuments stricken from courthouses and memorial crosses purged from cemeteries and parks.
Because of anti-Christian bigotry, private business owners have been sued and forced to close their business. Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from bigoted anti-Christian zealots.
Of course, this is in no way true. The map points to groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. These groups are not anti-Christian. They are pro-equality, and they champion the rights of disenfranchised groups. Contrary to what this kind of fear-mongering rhetoric would have one believe, Christians are not under attack in America.
The AFA went on to all but incite violence against the members of the organizations on its hate map:
Some members or supporters of these groups have committed violent crimes against Christians and faith-based groups. Physical and profane verbal assaults against Christians are methods frequently exercised in their angry methods of intimidation.
It is statements like this that make what they are doing so dangerous. These organizations were already targets for right wing extremists, and now the AFA has told its members to go there in person and fly their hate flags high. There are already people out there who make sport of physically attacking certain groups of people, particularly LGBT people, and especially transgender women. The publishing of this map should really be seen as nothing more than incitement to violence against vulnerable populations of people.
I encourage anyone who is involved in any organizations that could be deemed “anti-Christian” by this band of bigots to look at the map and see if your group is featured. If it is, make it known within the organization, be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. You just might save your own life, or the lives of others.
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