|TFF President Victoria Cobb (in red) with failed Lt. Gov. candidate E.W. Jackson|
One of the most toxic organizations in Virginia - and, sadly, Virginia has a number, including Liberty University's school of law headed by Mat Staver and Matt Barber - is The Family Foundation ("TFF"), and affiliate of Focus on the Family and the hate group Family Research Council. To date TFF has dodged a formal designation as a hate group, but hopefully that will change. When it comes to spreading anti-gay lies and fanning anti-gay animus in Virginia, TFF has few rivals. The lies range from claiming that gays are predators for "recruit" youth to claims that gays will destroy "traditional marriage" even though if one reads the Bible it is polygamy, not "one man and one Woman" which is the true biblical norm. Equally disturbing is the racism that runs just below the surface of TFF's efforts to push the Republican Party of Virginia to enact voter ID laws and others methods to disenfranchise minority voters and college students who do not support TFF's agenda of establishing a Christian theocracy in Virginia.
As mentioned yesterday and as more fully reported in The Raw Story, TFF will be launching a 40 day fast to protest efforts to strike down the anti-gay Marshall-Newman Amendment which was the brain child of TFF which engaged in a campaign of lies and deceptions to push for its adoption in 2006. It goes without saying that TFF supported Ken "Kookinelli" Cuccinelli's failed effort to revive Virginia's unconstitutional sodomy statute. Here are excerpts from The Raw Story on TFF's latest effort to keep LGBT Virginians inferior under the law:
A Virginia-based evangelical Christian group known as the Family Foundation is planning for its members to fast and pray for 40 days and 40 nights later this year in an effort to fight same-sex marriage.
A statement on the Family Foundation’s website said, “Our state and nation are mired in a morass of confusion and post-modern thinking that does not believe in absolutes nor that any truth can even be known. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. Pagan philosophies, a secular humanist education establishment and an entertainment industry that is absolutely determined in pushing the envelope on decency and morality have all combined to turn this great land into a country that our forefathers could not even begin to recognize.”
In order to restore the U.S. to what the Family Foundation sees as its rightful state of hetero-supremacy, the group hopes to enlist as many fellow Christians as possible in the weeks-long vigil.
“The Supreme Court begins its session on October 6. We fully expect it to take a marriage case sometime in the next year. In the natural, it looks like a David vs. Goliath battle. The federal government, the news media, Hollywood, the public education system and big business all are arrayed on the side of same-sex ‘marriage.’ Only the church stands in support of God’s design for marriage,” said the group’s statement.
“If you are a pastor, please consider having your church join with us in this effort,” said the group. “The Family Foundation is partnering with other nationally known organizations to provide talking points, sermon outlines, bulletin inserts, video clips and other resources to help you lead your congregation through the 40 Days.”
I'm sure that these other "nationally known organizations" will be a veritable who's who of hate groups. Virginia has many problems with discrimination and reactions against knowledge and modernity itself. Far too many of the trace directly to TFF.