Monday, November 29, 2010

Brody's Notes... MSNBC Hardball: Southern Poverty Law Center V. Family Research Council

By Mark Singer (Washington DC) NOV 29 | On tonight's edition of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews had a conversation with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins & Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which recently named the FRC to their list of hate groups in the United States.
During the course of the interview, Perkins cited data from the American College of Pediatricians, a group of Doctors that despite the name is not a institute of higher learning, nor is it a professional organization for pediatricians. 
Box Turtle Bulletin's Managing Editor, Timothy Kincaid revealed in an expose last spring that this is an advocacy group dedicated to political goals which is using an authoritative sounding name to fool the unaware. Kincaid wrote that the officers and board members are all pediatricians, usually elderly gentlemen, in the southern United States with close ties to the Southern Baptist churches. According to Kincaid's article, the ACPEDS  “Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee” reads like a members roster of the virulently anti-gay National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
Kincaid goes on to show that the 15 doctors listed as ACPEDS members are either part of the famously discredited NARTH or otherwise part of the anti-gay opposition. He also notes that the largest established and accredited professional pediatricians group, the 60,000 member American Academy of Pediatrics, is actually quite gay-friendly and has endorsed gay parenting.


Tim Trent said...

I would say that the host was rather poor. It was more about him than either of the combatants. It was a majority verdicts for the SPLAG, but Perkins did not come out of it too badly. A different host might have been more in control.