“The Response” held Saturday with Texas governor and possible presidential candidate Rick Perry as its face is sponsored by the American Family Association, declared a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The evangelical association is a nonprofit that describes itself as being "on the front lines of America's culture war'' and was previously known as the National Federation for Decency. The group, based in Tupelo, Miss., publishes a magazine and operates 200 radio stations. The group condemns homosexuality, opposes abortion rights, and argues that the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom only applies to Christians.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the association a hate group for spreading misinformation about homosexuals and transgender people…
A key pastor speaking at "The Response'' is televangelist John Hagee. GOP presidential nominee John McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement in 2008 after a recording surfaced in which the preacher suggested God sent Adolf Hitler to hunt Jews so they would go to the Promised Land.
The AFA’s Bryan Fischer says the First Amendment is meant to give rights to Christians, not Muslims, and has opined that gay sex should be against the law. Rick Perry should declare whether he supports the group and its mission and, if not, why would he headline an event paid for by them.