Call to add Patrick Henry College and Provost Gene Veith to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch List

Citizens United Against
    Religious Hate Speech

December 10, 2014

Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

RE:  Hate Speech emanating from Patrick Henry Christian College

Dear Sirs/Madams:

Our organization wishes to notify you of our concern regarding Hate Speech being broadcast from the grounds of Patrick Henry Christian College in Purcellville, Virginia.  The name of the website publishing this Hate Speech is Cranach, the Blog of Veith, and is owned and authored by Dr. Gene Veith, Patrick Henry Christian College President (interim), Provost, and Professor of Literature.

Dr. Veith states that the purpose of his website is to promote public discussion on issues ranging from social trends to religion, and that all persons and opinions are welcome.  We believe, however, that this assertion is false.  We believe that this website, in actuality, aggressively panders to one particular sector of the religious and political spectrum, and, opinions and comments which criticize the views of this religious and political sector are attacked, marked as “inappropriate”, moderated and hidden by Veith, some comments deleted, and some critical commenters banned from further comment.

However, such restrictions and moderating are non-existent for the most vile and vicious gay and lesbian mischaracterizations, stereotyping, slander, and vilification.  One only has to do a search on the topic of “homosexuality” on Cranach, the Blog of Veith, to see dozens of articles on this topic, all critical of Gay and Lesbian political equality, followed by some of the most rabid Hate Speech.

Samples of such Hate Speech are:

-Gay men are evil, perverted sodomites.

-Gay men are more sexually promiscuous and therefore more likely to be infected with sexually transmitted diseases as “normal” men.

-Gay men prey on children.

-Gay men in authority (teachers? hint. hint. hint.) attempt to seduce adolescents under their supervision.

-Gay relationships are the moral equivalent of molesting and sodomizing young boys.

Neither Dr. Gene Veith, the Patrick Henry Christian College Board of Directors, the orthodox Lutheran pastors and Church officials who regularly participate in discussion on this site, nor Dr. Veith’s unofficial “hall monitors” on this site have ever flagged, deleted comments, or banned anyone for these vile statements.  There is one particularly offensive and bigoted “regular” who from time to time drops the most obnoxious and vicious gay slurs who other “regulars” refer to as, “the old uncle who says terrible things but everyone ignores”.  And they do ignore his vile comments.  His anti-gay comments are never flagged or deleted and he is never threatened with banishment. We believe that such hate speech should not be tolerated (ignored) regardless of who is saying it.

We call on Southern Poverty Law Center to add Patrick Henry Christian College and Dr. Gene Veith to your Hate Watch List until they cease desist from condoning and broadcasting this vile and obscene Hate Speech.

Sincerely,

Citizens United Against Religious Hate Speech

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