The AFA’s Hilarious ‘Bigotry Map’

In apparent response to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate groups in the United States, the American Family Association (which is one of the hate groups on the SPLC map) has created their own “bigotry map” that lists organizations state by state. This is hilariously idiotic for so many reasons.

First, the SPLC actually has an entry for every group on their list that includes all the evidence to support calling them a hate group. The AFA list, on the other hand, has no such thing. All they did, apparently, was do a search for gay rights, atheist and humanist groups in every state, with sometimes bizarre results. In Michigan, for example, they list the following groups:

Black Nonbelievers of Detroit

Minority Atheists of Michigan

Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists

GLSEN Michigan

Americans United (Michigan chapter)

Atheists @ Oakland University

They missed the largest atheist and humanist group in the state, CFI Michigan. They missed Michigan Atheists (the most obnoxious atheist group in the state). They listed the atheist student group at Oakland University but ignored the ones at MSU, U of M, GVSU, Ferris State and Wayne State. Apparently they can’t even use Google very well.

Hell, they missed the Center for Inquiry completely, leaving it off the New York map. That prompted Paul Fidalgo, their communications director, to put out a hilarious press release demanding that they be put on this ignominious list.

“Granted, we have vigorously fought for the religious freedom of Christians in parts of the world where they have themselves faced persecution, such as Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan,” conceded Fidalgo, “but I’m hoping the AFA can look past that, and put us on their enemies list, where we belong.”

Brilliant. I find this whole thing highly amusing. I especially laughed when Charisma News declared that this was a map of “over 200 groups that openly display an Antichrist spirit.” That’s funny stuff right there.

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  • Cuttlefish

    Take a look at where “Boston atheists” are on their map.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/axp/ Martin Wagner

    We’re very honored to be on it here at the Atheist Community of Austin.

  • matty1

    Can I have a shot of Antichrist spirit with a slice of lime?

  • Larry

    If they were serious, every non-religious college and university would be shown along with public museums, observatories, and any other orgaization whose mission it is to educate and to spread the knowledge of science and advocate knowledge.

  • my2cents

    Their descriptions are amazing.

    Humanist

    “Believes critical thinking and physical evidence are the sole basis for beliefs. Humanists believe science trumps faith in issues of morality and decisions making.”

    Oh man, can’t get any more bigoted than that can you?

  • blf

    Why is the SPLC listed but not (or at least I didn’t see it) the ACLU ?

    Or for that matter, Obama, FEMA, the Trilateral Commission (and the other usual suspects), Area 51, San Francisco, Iran, and TMA-1 ?

  • theguy

    “The AFA list, on the other hand, has no such thing. All they did, apparently, was do a search for gay rights, atheist and humanist groups in every state”

    That’s consistent with their fundamentalist beliefs; Advocating censorship and prison time for gay people is “Christian love” but criticizing Christianity is evidence of hate. Considering the AFA’s spokesman has defended genocide and torture, they’re in no position to complain about bigotry. Not unless they’re looking at a mirror.

  • kantalope

    @6 they have some ACLU’s by state listed…but not all the states, which is weird. And they have ACLU listed as AntiChristian cause they never represent Christians donchaknow. The projection in these clowns is strong.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Hey! Waddo tryin’ to pull? That treeza not so big!” ~ Chico Marx

  • blf

    The projection in these clowns is strong.

    Ah! That’s probably why they don’t have TMA-1 listed. Their “signal” is so strong it can reach Saturn (and Jupiter) all by itself…

  • John Pieret

    Heh! They included AARP.

    AARP – American Association of Retired Persons strongly campaigns for homosexual marriage in all 50 states.

    Well, some members of AARP are gay and older gay couples are particularly vulnerable to inheritance and end-of-life problems when they are denied the legal status of marriage, so it makes sense that AARP would be in favor of fixing those problems. But it is interesting that all you have to do to become an anti-Christian “bigot” is to be in favor of rights for people that AFA doesn’t like.

    I wonder if the Council on American–Islamic Relations is on their list.

  • cptdoom

    Well, some members of AARP are gay and older gay couples are particularly vulnerable to inheritance and end-of-life problems when they are denied the legal status of marriage, so it makes sense that AARP would be in favor of fixing those problems. But it is interesting that all you have to do to become an anti-Christian “bigot” is to be in favor of rights for people that AFA doesn’t like.

    It’s even weirder when you think that this same group has been known to peddle the “gays die young” argument, putting our life expectancy between 45 and 60. Why would AARP even care about a group that AFA claims is going to die before we can pay too many dues?

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    Could we get an honourable mention here in the Socialist States of Canada? We’re pretty gay-friendly. I’d accept an arrow pointing north labeled “Here Be Dragons”.

  • Chris J

    SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

    Labels Christian organizations who support the Biblical definition of marriage as “hate” groups and falsely disseminates this information to liberal news media, and military and law enforcement training sessions. SPLC’s listing resulted in the violent shooting attack against a pro-family group’s office in 2012.

    “I’m not the hate group, you’re the hate group! So nyeeehhh!”

  • peterh

    From their page: ” Humanists believe science triumphs faith in issues of morality and decision-making.” Flunked junior-high composition, I see. And Logic 101 as well.

  • dugglebogey

    Can I get put on that list? That looks like a pretty sweet collection of organizations.

    How do I get that done?

  • Michael Heath

    AFA:

    Humanists believe science triumphs faith in issues of morality and decision-making.

    peterh responds:

    Flunked . . . Logic 101 as well.

    I consider myself a secular humanist and confidently conclude that science is a far better resource to determine both morality and make decisions. Not only that, I find faith to be a juvenile thinking defect where we should all strive to convince adults to abandon altogether. How is that a failure in elementary logic?

  • caseloweraz

    blf: Why is the SPLC listed but not (or at least I didn’t see it) the ACLU ?

    The ACLU makes the list in a number of states (e.g. Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming) — I guess because of the dearth of other “Anti-Christian” groups in those states.

    What surprises me is the absence of People for the American Way. But I guess they haven’t been so active lately.

  • John Pieret

    What surprises me is the absence of People for the American Way. But I guess they haven’t been so active lately.

    If that’s a joke, I missed it . PFAW is on the map in Washington D.C. and it runs Right Wing Watch, which the AFA is always complains about because it insists on quoting such AFA “bright lights,” such as Bryan Fischer and Sandy Rios, accurately.

  • pixiedust

    And they used a map of the entire world because….?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Does the KKK have a bigotry map too?

  • caseloweraz

    Okay, I see them now. I had to expand the map until the Beltway filled the map window. Then I could see their flag hiding behind the one for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    I’d rather scan a list than go through all that rigamarole.

  • lowkey

    Yay! We made the list in Sarasota. Undoubtedly they had someone secretly monitor our pub nights and heard us talking shit about them.

  • anubisprime

    Ahh the cute little munchkins want a map of their own to play with, but like any toddler they do not quite understand the principle, or even when push comes to shove, the reason!

    Probably it is just to thrill with fear and fill with dread the brain dead in their audience but according to their map…they have underestimated centers of rationality by quite a margin.

    Can hear hysterical squeaky voices…

    “The atheists are coming…! the atheists are coming…!”

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Atheist groups aren’t the only ones the Antidemocratic Fascist Association is labelling “hate groups” or inciting violence towards. And it’s not hilarious, it’s stochastic terrorism.

    http://www.queerty.com/antigay-hate-group-publishes-ominous-map-with-directions-to-lgbt-organizations-across-the-country-20150225

    The AFA has a page which identifies LGBTQ organizations and lists their physical addresses. The writers and commenters on Queerty compare it to the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords that Palin incited, but my first thought was Neal Horsley and his “nuremburg files”. The AFA will try and wash their hands of it (read: the blood) if any such murders happen.

  • logicgrrl

    I must protest for my LGBT friends that they don’t have Stonewall Columbus listed! They only sponsor the largest Pride parade in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the country!