Mark Zuckerberg Teams Up With Christian Homophobic Groups
Mark Zuckerberg is so passionate about his pet philanthropic project, FWD.us, that he's willing to overlook the dangerous anti-gay platforms of his new partners.
According to Valleywag, next week the Facebook-backed FWD.us will join well-known conservative corporations like Wal-Mart and Microsoft as well as a coalition of extremely anti-gay Christian political groups including the National Association of Evangelicals, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Liberty Counsel Action, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference to push for immigration reform.
"Pushing for bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform is swell—but this places Zuck and his tech tycoon friends squarely in the same corner as some of the most virulent homophobes in American politics," writes Sam Biddle at Valleywag.
Evidence for the "virulence" of Zuckerberg's new partners include these easily available core principles from some of the organizations:
In bold action that defends truth with civility, the NHCLC Board, comprised of Hispanic Denominational leaders, Mega-church pastors, prominent ministry and organizational leaders, is calling its 40,118 churches to a 40 day fast beginning June 1, 2012 to pray for righteousness and favor in defense of God's institution of marriage. The NHCLC Board has also announced a Father's Day event called "Celebrating God's Plan for Marriage Sunday." Sermon notes and illustrations will be provided and Pastors will read a declaration affirming a commitment to this sacred institution.
"First and foremost, a homosexual person simply does not exist. Homosexuality should be considered as an adjective—a behavior—and not as a noun or label defining a person."
"We commend Southern Baptist efforts to engage in loving, redemptive ministry to homosexuals and encourage all Southern Baptists to consider how they might assist those struggling against same-sex attractions to find spiritual, sexual, and emotional wholeness in Christ."
- Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
"Harvey Milk was demonstrably, categorically an evil man based on his rape of teenage boys."
- Liberty Counsel Action
Why validate these groups when there are countless pro-gay immigration organizations that would likely jump at the opportunity to work with FWD.us?
Elon Musk jumped the FWD.us ship earlier this year after learning that Zuckerberg's side project was willing to overlook the ideological extreme right's infractions in order to garner support for immigration reform partnerships.
“I agreed to support FWD, because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes. I have spent a lot of time fighting far larger lobbying organizations in DC and believe that the right way to win on a cause is to argue the merits of that cause. This statement may surprise some people, but my experience is that most (not all) politicians and their staffs want to do the right thing and eventually do.”
Anyway, should we let Zuckerberg and Facebook off the hook for partnering with some of the LGBT community's most vocal and active opponents?
(Via Valleywag; Image: Mark Zuckerberg on the Facebook float at a Pride parade over summer)