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Hatewatch of America vs. Hatewatch Inc.

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Hatewatch of America,™ bill themselves as "America's most trusted hate research team." This is an ambiguous statement. It is not clear whether they are describing themselves as:
bulleta hate-filled team of media researchers, or
bulleta team of researchers who investigate media hatred.

We suspect that it is the former. They had listed us as one of the leading anti-Christian groups on the Internet at http://www.hatewatch.com This link is now redirected to Hatewatch.org. Considering the source of this recognition, we considered it an honor.

There is an interesting story about this truly fascinating web site. A real Hatewatch organization called Hatewatch Inc.™ also exists. They have a very different kind of a web site at http://www.hatewatch.org. One of their functions has been to highlight real hate sites on the Internet: sites devoted to promoting racial hatred, homophobia and religious intolerance against Christians, Jews, and Muslims. On their anti-Christian page, they list 5 grossly offensive sites: Altar of Unholy Blasphemy, The Christian Holocaust, Chorazaim, Jesus Christ is the Only Way to God, World Wide Blasphemy.

The defunct Hatewatch site also listed Altar of Unholy Blasphemy, The Christian Holocaust, ChorazaimWorld Wide Blasphemy. To this list, they added:

bulletThe Witches' Voice, typically the most popular religious site on the Internet. It is an information and anti-defamation group for Wicca.
bulletUniversal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination that "addresses the spiritual needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."
bulletThe Advocate, a gay and lesbian newsmagazine.
bulletGay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a leading organization fighting homophobia.
bulletThe OCRT (this site) We are a site devoted to religious tolerance; we describe the full range of Christian beliefs, from the most conservative to the most liberal.

Both Hatewatch anti-Christianity pages appear to quote a paragraph or so from each site that they highlight. But there is a subtle difference. Whereas the real Hatewatch site actually copies text from the hate web site, the defunct Hatewatch appears to modify the text. For example:

bulletThe Metropolitan Community Church site at: http://www.ufmcc.com/who.htm states:

"The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) plays a vital role in addressing the spiritual needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community around the world. For those of us who were raised in a religious atmosphere, homosexuality was usually associated with shame and guilt. As a result, many of us were cut off from the spiritual dimension of our lives. Metropolitan Community Churches provide an opportunity to explore a spiritual experience that affirms who we are."

On the Hatewatch.com site, this text was altered by person or persons unknown, by adding to the final sentence:

"by the destruction of true Christian faith."

The casual reader might assume that the UFMCC has stated that its goal is to destroy Christianity. In fact, it is to make Christianity more inclusive. Its long-range goal is in fact to destroy itself, by making gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals welcome in all denominations. When that objective is reached, there will be no more need for the UFMCC.

bulletWe believe that the GLAAD site states somewhere (although we have not been able to find the exact text):

"GLAAD is a national organization that promotes fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. We invite you to utilize these pages to access information about how the media portrays the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."

This text apparently gets altered to:

"GLAAD is a national organization that claims to promotes [sic] fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. We invite you to utilize these pages to access information about how the homosexual media portrays the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."

We added the highlights to clarify the additions.

bulletFor the OCRT, they have taken part of our home page text and grafted on a sentence that appears to have come out of thin air. It certainly does not match our normal writing style. Also it is dead wrong, because it leaves out our Christian volunteer. Hatewatch.com has us apparently stating:

"We are 4 volunteers of three very different faiths. (Agnosticism, Atheism, Wicca)"

This statement is in error. Agnosticism and Atheism are not faiths; they are belief systems. Also, they left off the faith of one of our volunteers: Christianity. The sentence should read:

"We are 4 volunteers with four very different beliefs: (Agnosticism, Atheism, Christianity and Wicca)."

or, alternatively:

"We are 4 volunteers from three very different faith groups: (Unitarian Universalism, Christianity and Wicca)."

Unitarian Universalism is a faith group whose membership takes a wide range of theological positions, including Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism etc. Thus two of our volunteers sometimes identify themselves by religious affiliation (Unitarian Universalist) and sometimes by theological belief (Atheist or Agnostic).

The "most trusted hate research team" appends an Editors Note:

"OCRT's main goal is to destroy Christianity with satanic [sic] theological beliefs."

By 1999-JUL: Hatewatch.com consisted of a single page that is "dedicated to exposing the hatred and violence promoted on the Internet by the gay and lesbian community hiding behind the face of religion, primarily as so called 'fundamentalist christians'. [sic] These bigoted and morally perverted individuals promote hate, physical attacks and even murder against those who do not support their extreme 'homosexual agenda'." There are elements of antisemitism on the page as well.

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Copyrite 1999 & 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2001-SEP-3
Author: B.A. Robinson

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