So I got my “5 Minutes for Families” email from Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) this morning. For some reason, it’s not linked on their site yet but here’s what Cathi Herrod had to say about the recent shooting at the Family Research Council office in Washington, DC:
Thanks to a heroic security guard, our colleague’s lives were saved. Yet where is the outrage in the mainstream media at the heinous rhetoric of our opponents?
The day before the shooting, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) referred to FRC as a “Hate Group.” Others consistently refer to FRC and other organizations (including CAP) as bigots and extremists.
HRC and their fellow homosexual advocacy groups have tried to distance themselves from the shooter (who had been volunteering at a D.C. LGBT group), but what do they expect to happen when they use such irresponsible language?
The truth is that this type of hate-filled speech isn’t isolated to D.C. In the last year alone, one state Senator called me a “legislative terrorist,” while the Arizona Capitol Times ran an editorial comparing CAP to the Taliban and the Gestapo.
Several LGBT rights groups denounced the shooting immediately in a joint statement, as did Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Human rights groups call groups like the FRC and CAP hate groups and bigots and extremists because that’s what they are and there’s an abundance of evidence to back them up on those assessments, not because they want random disturbed individuals to shoot at them.
Speaking for myself, Cathi Herrod really chaps my hide, as I’m sure you’re aware of if you’ve read this blog before. I cannot stand Cathi Herrod. I think Cathi Herrod is a vile person. But I don’t hate her. Really! I don’t! I don’t want any harm to befall Cathi Herrod, and certainly not any violence. I want Cathi to live a long, healthy surrounded by people who love her. In a world committed to social justice and sustainability, where women have full reproductive rights and science is taught in the schools. Where straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people are fully accepted. Where bullying and violence are not tolerated. Where everyone has access to health care and a social safety net that keeps them from falling into penury. The only negative experience I want Cathi to have, and only if she persists in her bigoted crusade to deprive others of their freedom and dignity is this: disappointment. Yeah, if she’s going to have a sad because no one lets her bully people, so be it.
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Bio: I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and an adventurous streak led me to join the Navy. I moved to Arizona in 1997 after serving 10 years in the Navy to work in semi-conductor manufacturing. I got involved in national and Arizona politics in 2003. I ran for 2006 State Senate in Ahwatukee and was a Delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I now live in North Central Phoenix with my boyfriend, Mark, and our three dogs. I've been blogging for Democratic Diva since 2007 about local and national politics with a strong emphasis on women's issues.