One of the unintended results of running this blog is that we sometimes get mistaken for the Religious Right groups that we monitor. If you do a Google search for “Faith 2 Action” or “Generals International,” for example, you see that a link to our posts about those groups tend to show up near the top of the search results. As such, we frequently get emails mistakenly sent to us that are intended for them … usually, angrily demanding that they stop mailing and/or calling them seeking donations.
And nine times out ten, these emails are intended for the Christian Seniors Association, which bills itself as a conservative alternative to the AARP but is really just a front group established by the Traditional Values Coalition to try and trick seniors out of the money. The CSA doesn’t even have a website and if you didn’t know it was a project of the TVC, you’d never be able to contact them, which is why we seem to get so many angry emails intended for them.
And, as if we needed more evidence that the CSA is a shady group willing to mislead donors in order to raise money, yesterday the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog put up a post noting that their latest fundraising letter claims that the Hate Crimes Prevention Act has outlawed the Bible:
The anti-gay Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) once again is turning to a highly valued traditional device to raise funds: fear and falsehoods.
The Christian Seniors Association (CSA), a front group of the TVC, recently sent out a fundraising letter claiming that the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) of 2009, which added sexual orientation to the classes protected by federal hate crime legislation, “makes the Bible illegal ‘Hate Literature.’” The letter further claims that “under this law, criticism of homosexuality is deemed discrimination — just like racism,” and ultimately, the intent of the law is to “outlaw Christianity.”
The SPLC kindly sent us a digital copy of the letter and that is indeed what the CSA is claiming: