Pathological prevarication is part of
the organizational culture.
Family Policy Alliance (“FPA”) is the “action” organization for Focus on the Family. FPA has become so desperately political — in contrast to retaining Christian values — that staff have no restraints whatsoever when it comes to inventing convenient facts to support any desired advocacy endeavor.
Thursday’s deceit comes from staffer Nicole Hudgens. Hudgens has a long history of anti-LGBTQ advocacy. In 2019 Hudgens was with Texas Values. Hudgens has also had stints at Family Research Council and Heritage Foundation.
FPA’s president, Craig DeRoche has seemingly infected the organization. He has altered the organizational culture to one that is accepting of misleading rhetoric.
Nicole Hudgens’ polemic is titled: DC Forecast – Heat Tsunami As further proof of organizational dishonesty, the page has a pop-up:
According to Hudgens’ text:
Last week, the House Judiciary Oversight Committee Hearing caught fire when the Attorney General was asked questions about the Department of Justice Memo deploying the FBI in every federal district. Why did the DOJ want to deploy the FBI? Because parents are standing up and speaking out against radical gender ideologies, critical race theory, and more at their local school board meetings.
These folks never link to the Department of Justice memorandum. They don’t link to it because it is evidence that they are lying. The memo reads, in part:
“One of the reasons that our nation is so polarized is that professional politicians are pitting groups of Americans against other groups of Americans in order to win elections.”
Parental stupidity is not illegal. Parental bigotry is not illegal. Moreover, “speaking out” is constitutionally protected speech.” Were organizations like FPA really concerned over the ability of parents to air their views they would take a different approach.
Rather than promoting faux victimhood, they would inform parents that zealous debate is an American Value. Just don’t threaten anyone. Furthermore, in point of fact, the memorandum echos that very point:
But that’s not all. Hudgens is trying to convey the lie that the FBI is “deployed” and is poised to arrest people. That is not what the memorandum says. The FBI’s role is to assist local law enforcement in strategizing a plan to curtail violence and threats of violence towards school officials.
Moreover, Hudgens indulges in promoting the idea that there are “radical gender ideologies.” An ideology is a part of a belief system. Ryan T. Anderson is responsible for this bit of Christian bullshit while he was with Heritage Foundation.
Anderson is not the brightest bulb. The intent is to cast transgender persons as adherents to a doctrine who can be persuaded to abandon the “ideology.” Contrast that to claiming that people can change their sexuality. The religious fanatics do try the conversion therapy approach but it is a much harder sell.
“So-called “cancel culture” serves two political purposes. It creates right wing victimhood and it excuses some very ugly bigotry.”
Furthermore, Hudgens is claiming that critical race theory exists in primary and secondary schools. That is yet another lie. Right wing politicians have manufactured a wedge issue in service to electoral victories.
Critical race theory is characterized falsely, by those same politicians, to be anti-American. Then those politicians went about convincing people that anything which cuts against white (and Christian) supremacy represents critical race theory. Thus, they have created the lie that teaching kids about our history of slavery or segregation is unpatriotic.
The Christian Right is only too happy to do their part. Electing more Republicans means more elected officials who will pander to the zealots.
Getting back to Nicole Hudgens:
“When people lie they intentionally deny their audience the ability to make reasoned choices.”
Amid this crazy storm, one thing is clear: parents have a God-given right to speak out and stand up for their children. And we will continue to stand with them. But this will take a significant investment of money and resources.
Will we let the left cancel parents’ voices at school board meetings, and even members of Congress, from daring to speak truth about biological reality? Or, will we come together and push back?
Suffice it to say that no one is stopping parents from speaking out. “Cancelling” is another right wing (Republican) invention. It stems from Twitter, YouTube and Facebook expecting users to abide by their acceptable use policies. So-called “cancel culture” serves two political purposes. It creates right wing victimhood and it excuses some very ugly bigotry.
Note that Hudgens is also using the “biological reality” lie. First of all, There is a durable biological underpinning to gender identity. Secondly, Hudgens has invented a controversy. No one disputes chromosomal realities. No one.
When people lie they intentionally deny their audience the ability to make reasoned choices. One of these days it’s going to empty pews and diminish donations if that has not already happened. People increasingly understand that they are being manipulated.