The grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign recently issued a so-called “report” titled “The Export of Hate” that is nothing but an intentionally misleading, hate-filled attack on individuals and organizations who oppose its agenda of forcing a redefinition of marriage in America and throughout the world. The report has enjoyed some attention among uncritical, leftist online media outlets.
As is its custom, the Human Rights Campaign cites long-discredited and ideologically partisan sources such as the Southern Poverty Law Center to give apparent credibility to its hate-filled invective. The HRC also intentionally misrepresent facts, twisting them beyond recognition to justify the charge that somehow supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman around the world is wrong.
I was one of the individuals that the Human Rights Campaign singled out in its report. The campaign says I am part of a “network of American extremists who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world,” people who spread “venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories and discredited science.” The suggestion is made that people like me are OK with “systematic stigmatization, persecution and violence” and may even be fine with homosexuals and lesbians being put to death.
I readily and proudly plead guilty to the “crime” of not supporting that organization’s desire to redefine marriage. I have had the nerve to express that view not only here in America, but when invited to speak in other countries. Hence, in the distorted world of the campaign, I am an extremist and “export hate.”
As the Human Rights Campaign well knows, I have consistently denounced hate and violence. It is a slur and lie to claim otherwise. It should be clear to any honest observer that the truth is not what the organization is after. Instead it simply seeks to silence and intimidate those with whom it disagrees. Hence, the self-professed purpose of the report is to name and shame those who stand for the truth of the nature of marriage.
The Human Rights Campaign, as a founding member of the Council for Global Equality and partner of the George Soros-funded International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, is a key part of a network of organizations that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide attacking traditional faith communities, states and individuals who stand for the truth about marriage and family. They are in the phalanx of a new form of cultural imperialism that seeks to overthrow the traditions, wisdom and reason of cultures and faiths around the world.
Given such a global and organized attack on marriage and family, the Human Rights Campaign should not be surprised that pro-family nongovernmental organizations and individuals are increasingly cooperating and communicating. That such a pro-family global community is developing is, to be sure, a threat to the campaign’s goal of exporting the redefinition of marriage from a handful of mostly Western countries to the rest of the world.
As with other international coalitions, the emerging pro-family movement does not require that organizations or individuals agree on any and all, or even most, issues. It certainly does not mean that they agree on religion, foreign policy, party politics or economic policy. What they do share is a common belief that marriage and the family are the basic unit of civilization and must be protected.
I am proud to have played some small role in this emerging global movement. One of the few things the Human Rights Campaign correctly notes is that I have spoken to conferences around the world. However, these speeches focused not on “hate” or “division” but on the importance of individuals of different faiths, nationalities, cultures and political creeds uniting together in a shared defense of the truth of marriage and family. Working together with men and women dedicated to protecting the family is not the definition of hate, but love.
Our shared Creator can write straight with crooked lines. Given the responses I have received to the Human Rights Campaign’s screed from men and women of good will from countries around the world, this hit piece is backfiring. I have never before received so many thanks from so many individuals representing so many countries. The hate report has helped make clear to the global community what is at stake. It has revealed that the campaign and its allies regard traditional religious views on sexual morality and marriage as “hate,” and it has taken the mask off of the new face of cultural imperialism.
Much work needs to be done both to protect marriage in this country and around the world. It will take courage, foresight, dialogue, resources and humility. Let those of us who know what is at stake view the Human Rights Campaign’s attack as an opportunity to quicken and enliven our efforts within our own countries and internationally. No matter what invective is hurled at us, no matter what lies are told, we can be sure that the most direct path to a civilization of love and peace is through protecting and nurturing the dignity of marriage and family.
Brian S. Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage.