The Descent of the Human Rights Campaign

Brad Polumbo writes that the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT lobby, once “worked with Republicans initially to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, an early piece of legislation that would have added sexual orientation as a protected class under federal anti-discrimination employment laws.”
More recently, however, “the group put out a statement blasting as ‘deeply dangerous’ Republican congressman Chris Stewart, who introduced a gay and transgender rights bill [the Fairness for All Act], because it disagreed with some of the exceptions his bill contained.”

3 Comments for “The Descent of the Human Rights Campaign”

  1. posted by Kosh III on

    HRC doesn’t endorse or support the radical regressives of the GOP. The few GOP who might be open to equal rights have been bullied and cowed into submission by Trump/Pence/Falwell and others who seek to destroy us.

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  2. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Brad Polumbo has been writing a lot about the Fairness to All Act, but this time he’s stepped over the line from polemic into demagoguery, as far as I am concerned.

    Polumbo’s accusation:

    “Worse, the group put out a statement blasting as “deeply dangerous” Republican congressman Chris Stewart, who introduced a gay and transgender rights bill, because it disagreed with some of the exceptions his bill contained.”

    Following the links to the actual HRC** statement, we find this:

    This legislation is deeply dangerous for many reasons, mainly because it would erode protections that already exist for people based on race, sex and religion, rolling back protections that have been on the books for decades. It would expand the number of places and situations in which lawful discrimination could occur.”

    I realize that in today’s politic climate on the right, personal attack substitutes for reasoned analysis and lying is de rigueur, but it seems to me, Stephen, that you need to think more carefully — and perhaps do a bit of fact checking — before mindlessly repeating demonstrably false statements.

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    A joint statement from HRC, and (among others) the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, CAP, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the BJC, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Partnership for Women and Families, the NWLC, PFLAG National and the Transgender Law Center.

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  3. posted by Jorge on

    It’s always a little dangerous to quote Thomas Sowell. His thinking is so esoteric that it’s impossible to fit him uncritically into your own frame of reference without tripping yourself up in some way. You need to either follow him to where he is at or cut him short.

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