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Bigots Release Bigotry Map That They're Not On

by Bobby McGuire
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Have you ever wondered where to find the closest Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network chapter or Human Rights Campaign office? Thanks to the anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) and their newly released "AFA Bigotry Map," you'll have a "one stop shop" to find LGBT advocates near your home or wherever you may want to travel. Heck, you may even meet some nice atheists along the way.

Released Monday, the AFA Bigotry Map, which purports to expose anti-Christian bigotry in America, is the brainchild of the SPLC designated anti-gay hate group the American Family Association, which, like many other anti-gay religious right organizations, have taken to using the word "bigotry" to describe anyone who won't put up with their - - uh, bigotry.

Not to make LGBT Americans feel as though they've been singled out as bigots, the AFA Bigotry Map also includes groups that they label as anti-Christian and atheist. Humanist groups are also included on the bigotry map for their belief that "critical thinking and physical evidence are the sole basis for beliefs."

According to HRC's Blog, even social justice organizations like People for the American Way, AFA's nemesis the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are included on the map. That's right AARP.

"They falsely accuse of us hate." Said AFA mouthpiece Bryan Fischer on his radio program Monday. "But we accurately and truly accuse these groups of anti-Christian bigotry."

"The AFA is shooting itself in the foot by trying to create their own version of the SPLC's Hate Group list." Said Hemant Mehta on Friendly Atheist. "They're going after groups, with no rhyme or reason, that have done nothing wrong. You might as well put every synagogue and mosque on the map, too. Not a single one of the atheist/Humanist/LGBT rights groups that I can see on the map have ever supported violent acts or taking away rights from Christians."

Members of groups who feel as though they have been unjustly omitted from inclusion on the AFA Bigotry Map are free to petition AFA directly.

Following Monday's release, the Bigotry Map, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) demanded that it too be included on the American Family Association's list of so-called "anti-Christian" groups in the United States, citing CFI's work for the equality of the nonreligious, its fight against religion's interference in health care and women's reproductive rights, and its support of same-sex marriage.

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