|FRC President Tony Perkins|
There are a number of groups on the political right that call themselves "pro-family" (which, as we all know, is code for being anti-gay among other things). Whereas most people recognize that families come in all shapes, sizes and compositions, these conservative groups are really only interested in their version of what they deem a family to be. Any other version and they are categorically against it. One of these "pro-family" groups is the Family Research Council (FRC) which I have mentioned on this blog several times before. Let alone the fact that they are tone-deaf on what everyone else considers to be family, they have recently shown that they are severely lacking in credibility.
Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) recently received a pro-family award from the FRC for voting against anything remotely gay friendly, defunding Planned Parenthood, and being against President Obama's healthcare plan (among other things I'm sure that I left out). If that name sounds familiar, it is because it was reported over the Summer (during the political battle over the budget deficit) that Rep. Walsh owed $117,000 in child support (he has 3 kids) and refused to pay his wife the money despite the money he was making as a congressman. It was incredibly ironic at the time because he was on national television railing against reckless government spending while owing a substantial amount of money. The irony of his situation is even more palpable now that this behavior has been ignored in him receiving this "pro-family" award.
I really have to wonder if whatever FRC lackeys were behind this did any actual research into this man. It seems to me that if anyone wanted to give an award to someone for being "pro-family," a deadbeat dad should never have been their nominee. It shows such a striking degree of inconsistency that I have no idea how anyone can take this organization seriously. Then again, there are far larger reasons that they should be discredited, like the lies and hatred that they spread. But hey, that's just my humble opinion.