Hate Group Leader Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mat Staver

Once again Liberty Counsel is trying to intimidate teachers who coordinate activities with GLSEN. Liberty Counsel is a rabid and pernicious anti-LGBT hate group. The already unhinged Mat Staver, did not like GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week which took place January 15-19.

According to GLSEN, Liberty Counsel has sent out letters threatening to sue teachers and their school districts. At some point the federal judiciary has to realize that Liberty Counsel is a vexatious litigant. I have a FOIA request in process to obtain the documents associated with Liberty Counsel being given religious organization status by the Internal Revenue Service. Making matters worse, they can now operate in total secrecy without having to even file an annual tax return.

Last April, Liberty Counsel tried to intimidate a lesbian teacher in Tampa, Lora Jane Riedas. In addition to TWG (teaching while gay), the highly regarded Riedas was accused of being an activist (OMG). Included in Liberty Counsel’s six-page letter is this diatribe:

Ms. Riedas has further engaged in impermissible LGBT political activism in the
classroom, and has indicated her intent to further do so during instructional time. Ms. Riedas
is planning to promote GLSEN’s “Day of Silence” coercive political activities during
instructional time in her classroom on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Riedas was cleared of all charges which included harassing Christian students. Nothing she did in connection with “Day of Silence” was impermissible. Riedas was fuIf GLSEN’s programs promote anything it is our humanityrther accused of being a sponsor of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and “promoting” homosexuality and “gender confusion.” That’s all part of TWG. The idiots at Liberty Counsel cannot help themselves.

Staver is extremely upset that Liberty Counsel has been designated a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center. Yet it seems that they don’t do anything other than to behave as a hate group. I expect that Staver and Co. will have a new shit fit this April over the “Day of Silence.”

Staver is wed to the notion that anything in thIf GLSEN’s programs promote anything it is our humanitye service of his god is honorable and decent. Such thinking is historically responsible for incalculable human misery. People have been murdered, tortured, imprisoned and ethnically cleansed on behalf of some egoist’s deity. Liberty Counsel and GLSEN provide a contrast that Staver is incapable of appreciating. We can view the self-absorbed arrogance of folks at Liberty compared to the altruism of GLSEN.

If GLSEN’s programs promote anything it is our humanity. To vehemently object to that is obnoxious per se. LC objects through attempts to bully and intimidate people who disagree with them by using their law licenses as levers to create the perception of unequal footing. That is not just obnoxious. That is abominable.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.