Parents Action League listed as a hate group

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Representatives of PAL presenting demands to the Anoka-Hennepin board.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released its annual "Hate Map" which identifies over 1,000 groups all over the U.S. that it considers to be hate groups.

Debuting this year is the Champlain-based group Parents Action League, which testified at many Anoka-Hennepin school board meetings against repeal of the neutrality policy. They also strongly advocated that students in the district be referred to ex-gay therapy resources.

"They say terrible things like gays are more promiscuous than straights," says Heidi Beirich,
director of the Intelligence Project. "They also work closely with other anti-gay hate groups."

The Southern Poverty Law Center recently got a ground-breaking settlement against the Anoka-Hennepin school district after alleging that the district's policies created a hostile environment for gay students that lead to discrimination and bullying. Members of the Parents Action League had a strong hand in creating some of those policies, most prominently Barb Anderson. She was a part of the 1995 committee that drafted the original curriculum policy that dictated that homosexuality not be taught as a "normal, valid lifestyle." That policy morphed into the Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy, which said that teachers must remain neutral on the topic of homosexuality, and became the focal point of the lawsuit.

However, Beirich says that the hate group label comes primarily from material found on PAL's website. For example, from in a list of demands to the district, the website reads, "students who become involved with outside homosexual organizations face greater threats to their health/longevity/quality of life due to the libertine philosophy of such groups," and that the district should "provide webinars/seminars for all staff on overcoming sexual disorders."

A representative of PAL echoed previous statements made by Barb Anderson by telling the Pioneer Press that the hate group distinction was "a privilege." (Anderson once told a conservative talk radio show being called a hate group by SPLC was a "badge of honor.)

There is a way off the list of course -- PAL just has to erase anti-gay rhetoric from its website.

"It would be a happy day for us," says Beirich.

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21 comments
Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ha, is everyone in here really that blind.

A "HATE MAP" INSPIRES PEOPLE ON THE SIDE OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER TO HATE!!!!!

So it's MUST be OK when I do it, because we only hate the haters while DEMANDING tolerance from them. 

Wake up people! 

HotLunch
HotLunch

Hah, yep. True enough. They should rename Anoka to New Alabama.

Joseph Halvarson
Joseph Halvarson

I don't hate the Parents Action League. I hope they're encouraged to change their ways.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

 When conservative kids start taking their own lives because of bullying, you let me know. Until then, kindly shut your ignorant mouth. Nobody's buying your brand of crazy today, Kirk.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Not Anoka as a whole, but it'd be safe to call supporters evil names.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And you should also hope and encourage The Southern Poverty Law Center to change it hateful and untollerant ways.  They have proven they will wage war to pacify their own desires.Tolerance NEEDS to work both ways.

HotLunch
HotLunch

A wise man once said: "If you've ever pondered infinity, just contemplate the depths of human stupidity."

You haven't yet.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I'm quite sure conservative kids do.  Gays don't have a monopoly on being bullied ya know. If you look at the statistics on kids and suicide, like 98% of kids that commit suicide ARE NOT GAY.  Explain that!You may have to step out from the bubble you live in.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Ehh, scratch that. Anoka as a whole. Final answer.

Thomas Anderson
Thomas Anderson

You're a dipshit. So african americans pre-civil rights bill simply needed to be more tolerant of the people oppressing them? Your logic is as fucked and depressing as i'm sure your life is. Just because you don't have any friends or things to do doesn't mean you have to moonlight as an asshole. 

HotLunch
HotLunch

Crankin up the laugh factory over here!

HotLunch
HotLunch

Heheheh sorry that was meant to be a joke.

Thomas Anderson
Thomas Anderson

This coming from somebody who's clearly cultured and well traveled and i'm SURE attended only the finest of schools. Oh wait...no, it's just some loser in his basement somewhere that is angry and has nothing better to do with his time. 

HotLunch
HotLunch

Kirk: don't know if you've realized yet, but I have an obsessed fan. Whatever I change my handle to, he'll mimick it. Anything insightful comes from me, anything incredibly stupid comes from him.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Kirk: don't know if you've realized yet, but I have an obsessed fan. Whatever I change my handle to, he'll mimick it. Anything insightful comes from me, anything incredibly stupid comes from him.

HotLunch
HotLunch

how's the button selling biz these days? nice website, brah!

Guest
Guest

Kirk, I call your Poe's Law and raise you a Godwin!

HotLunch
HotLunch

I don't even know who this is sometimes.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Yeah, fighting hate and bigotry with hate and bigotry: the American way.

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