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Should certain organizations against same-sex marriage be deemed 'hate groups'?

The prominent and politically influential Family Research Council was deemed a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center this week for "repeated, groundless name-calling" against gays and lesbians. The law center has spent four decades listing extremist groups and hate speech. Read the full story.

By Ryan Kellett  |  November 24, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I've another question. Should The Minutemen be deemed as a hate group? They shot a little girl and her father because they were Mexican. But I'm not sure whether they engaged in name calling...

Posted by: The_New_Deal | November 24, 2010 8:29 PM

I think the issue is much less about "gay" and much more about "hate".
This is why we see the same tired arguments dragged out and polished for each new group.
Haters (in my opinion) have a need to feel superior to some identifiable group of "others" who are not like them. They also seem to have a need to feel superior without having to exert any personal effort to improve themselves.
Perhaps they feel their rank in their own group is inferior, and rely on suppressing others to enhance their sense of place in society. If this is true, they are more to be pitied than despised.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 25, 2010 11:25 AM

it starts with a look , then gossip then slander, then yelling name calling, then violent murder......the steps of abuse

Posted by: shaiarra | November 26, 2010 1:59 AM

Of course, few people supports violence but great job useful idiots..you have now taken the first step to criminalize political differences. Lenin would be proud. We need to use existing laws against violence..not create ones that can be used in ways to stifle dissent.

Posted by: Matthew617 | November 26, 2010 11:22 AM

By their own logic the Southern Poverty Law Center is a HATE group for encouraging liberal hatred of anti-gay Christians, Muslims, and Blacks.

Even President Obama is against gay marriage. Is he a "hater" too ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 26, 2010 1:45 PM

Attention Matthew617:
Defining others as "second-class citizens", in America, is not a "political difference".
If you don't like LGBT people, then don't invite them to dinner, but otherwise, LEAVE THEM ALONE. They are just as good as you are, and no "opinion" of yours can change that here.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 26, 2010 2:17 PM

Should groups supporting hate crime legislation and the labeling of others as being in "hate groups" themselves get the label if they bash white males?

This "hate speech/hate crime" stuff is as political as the day is long and definitely a one-way street.

First Amendment freedom is supposed to protect speech, even unpopular speech.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | November 26, 2010 6:33 PM

* GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE: RELIGION MENTAL ILLNESS: AND YOU'LL SEE THE PSYCHOLOGY REPORTS ON SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS EXTREMISM DELUSIONAL AND SELF-INDUCED HALLUCINATIONS AND DEADLY VIOLENCE. RELIGION IS NO EXCUSE TO BE INHUMANE NOR A TERRORIST... ( RELIGIOUS EXTREMES ARE DANGEROUS TO ALL,

FOR EXAMPLE:. TALIBAN/ WESTBORO CHURCH/ AFRICAN AND SOME ASIAN XTIANS MURDERING CHILDREN AS WITCHES AND SAME SEXERS ie BATTY BOY SPEECH WHICH IS PUSHING A FOREIGN DEADLY CUSTOMS AND LAWS FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THE US IS TREASON ( SEE THE US OATH OF ALLEGIANCE , WHICH SHOULD BE PROSECUTED AS A TERRORIST ACT AGAINST US CITIZENS)

THE STEPS OF ABUSE, IT STARTS WITH A LOOK, THEN GOSSIP, THEN SLANDEROUS LIES, THEN THE MOB YELLING CALL OUT, THEN ASSAULT THAT ENDS IN SELF RIGHTEOUS MENTAL ILLNESS MURDER

IT OFFENDS THE US PATRIOT ACT Public Law107-56 Stat. 115 Stat. 272 (2001), THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT (Pub. L. No. 235, 80 Cong., 61 Stat. 496, 50 U.S.C. ch.15, THE "OATH OF ALLEGIANCE," 8 C.F.R. Part 337 (2008)) AND FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS/ HATE CRIME LAWS ,The 1964 Federal Civil Rights Law, 18 U.S.C. ยง 245(b)(2), THE Matthew Shepard Act, AND THE AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT LAWS, THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A NEW WORLD OF HUMANE CIVILITY AND PROGRESSION IN IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION AS THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM RECENTLY MANDATED, SHOULD BE THE ORDER OF A NEW DAY AND WAY FOR MANKIND , TO ADVANCE PROGRESSION AND CIVILITY, NOT PRIMITIVES

Posted by: shaiarra | November 26, 2010 6:52 PM

The way your question is worded makes a coherent answer difficult.
I believe same sex marriage PROMOTES the idea in the mind of young people that this is acceptable to society. It's impossible for gay and lesbian school teachers not to by infernce at the least bias their student in favor of the teacher's sexual preference.
I also believe that propuglation IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION IN LIFE. Gays and lesbians are unable to do that.

Posted by: rdorff | November 28, 2010 10:41 AM

His conviction is the result of the type of technicality which I don't believe was the intent of this law. He didn't steal the money he passed it on to the RNC which then sent the same amount back to him for use in political objectives that I don't believe are against the law. I am a life long Democrat but I believe Tom DeLay is a worthy politician and we can certainly use some more.

Posted by: rdorff | November 28, 2010 10:50 AM

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