Mad Mat Staver
Mad Mat Staver

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Friday, Mad Mat Staver, leader of the hate group Liberty Counsel, is trying to clean up his act.

On Tuesday I noted that Staver was enraged that an anti-lynching bill included specific protections from lynching based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Apparently freedom from lynching based on sexuality is (what Staver called) a “special right.”

Adding bullshit to the bullshit Liberty Counsel released the following statement:

Some media have falsely reported that Liberty Counsel is opposed to banning lynching, or, opposes banning lynching of LGBT people. Such reporting is false, reckless, and offensive. In fact, Mat Staver said, “No one can or should oppose a bill that bans lynching.” Staver continued, “We oppose lynching across the board for any person. Period!”

Liberty Counsel is in no position to call anything “false, reckless and offensive.” They attack LGBT people almost daily in a manner that is false, reckless and offensive. No one has claimed that Staver was a proponent of lynching LGBT people no matter how tempted he might be to do so.

I cannot speak for any other outlet but what I wrote is absolutely true. According to Charlie Butts at the hate group American Family Association:

Mat Staver says it passed without some senators realizing an amendment was added providing special rights for homosexuals and transgenders.

If someone says that protections from lynching (actually sentencing enhancements) because the victim is gay or transgender is a “special right” then the person making that statement believes that those protections should not be in the bill. There is no way to rework that in order to appear less bigoted.

LC continues:

“The bill in question created a list of protected categories, thus limiting the application of the law. Lynching should be prohibited no matter the person’s reason for committing this violent crime,” concluded Staver.

Lynching, in all cases, is prohibited. The law was in no way limited. This measure is an addendum to Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code:

18 USC Ch. 13: Front Matter




Drive the infamous “wedge:”

As an African-American, Jonathan Alexandre, Director of Public Policy for Liberty Counsel in Washington, D.C., is likewise outraged over the false narrative of the media. He said, “The systematic torture and abuse of African-Americans throughout history is this country’s greatest disgrace. Some politicians and media have tried to use this horrible history to push unrelated political agendas by hijacking a serious issue. Lynching is wrong for all people despite the reason for targeting a victim.”

He can be outraged all he likes. This is just the expected rhetoric from an anti-LGBT hate group. The implication is that LGBT people are taking something away from Black people and that is a false narrative designed to foment animus towards LGBT people. It is not a zero-sum proposition.

Liberty Counsel has received death threats as a direct result of the false media narrative. One person, whose identity is being traced, said “All LC leaders must die.” The media and those with a political axe to grind must exercise caution when reporting or using social media. False reporting endangers lives.

They always claim to be recipients of death threats. It is unpersuasive. Liberty Counsel does not provide links to what it claims is false reporting. I stand by what I wrote. I suspect that other outlets share my sentiment. Liberty Counsel is a vile and vicious hate group that seeks to diminish the value, equality and very safety of LGBTQ people. That is a fact which is substantiated by their long and documented record in that regard.

Staver is enraged because a federal law includes gender identity. Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act only includes sexual orientation. Part of their 2009 comment in that regard:

Although the bill is named after Matthew Shepard, an investigative report of ABC’s “20/20” in 2004 stated: “The story garnered national attention when the attack was characterized as a hate crime. But Shepard’s killers, in their first interview since their convictions, tell ‘20/20’s’ Elizabeth Vargas that money and drugs motivated their actions that night, not hatred of gays.” Naming a bill after a false hate crime speaks volumes for the absurdity of this bill.

Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “Hate crimes laws will not be used to punish the perpetrators but will be used to silence people of faith, religious groups, clergy, and those who support traditional moral values. Hate crimes laws are actually ‘thought crimes’ laws. The bill would enormously expand federal government intrusion into state affairs and private life.”

At least Liberty Counsel and Mad Mat Staver are consistent. By the way, did any of the things that Staver warned about come to pass? Staver is willing to say anything to further his bigotry.

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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.