Southern Poverty Law Center brands Family Research Council a ‘hate group’

The Southern Poverty Law Center this week labeled as “hate groups” several political and religious organizations that campaign against same-sex marriage and, the center says, engage in “repeated, groundless name-calling” against gays and lesbians.

Included on the list released by the civil rights organization is the Family Research Council, a prominent and politically influential group of social conservatives. The report by the law center, which has spent four decades tracking extremist groups and hate speech, accuses the council and a dozen other groups of putting out “demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities.”

The report, which has sparked debate across the Internet, taps into the continuing potency of social issues, such as same-sex marriage, in American politics. Several of the groups described in the report supported a successful effort to oust state Supreme Court judges in Iowa because of a unanimous ruling last year that legalized same-sex unions.

The Family Research Council has been at the forefront of political activism against same-sex marriage. In explaining the decision to put the council on its hate-groups list, the law center highlighted comments by Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the council, who told MSNBC host Chris Matthews this year that he thinks “homosexual behavior” should be outlawed.

Council President Tony Perkins, who was also named in the report, called the hate-group designation a political attack by a “liberal organization.”

“The left’s smear campaign of conservatives is . . . being driven by the clear evidence that the American public is losing patience with their radical policy agenda as seen in the recent election and in the fact that every state . . . that has had the opportunity to defend the natural definition of marriage has done so,” Perkins said in a statement.

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  • diamndgirl

    SPLC is and has been our enemy within for years and years…simple as that.

    They fool no one anymore, we have the internet~

    Bug off you commies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ob-Bop/731555176 Ob Bop

    I trust the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) a little less than a heroin addict finding $500 in a back alley inside a paper bag with several heroin pushers loitering in that alley.

    In my opinion the SPLC is a front for scammers using an organization to garner wealth from wealthy contributors while harassing decent USA citizens.

    Is it time for a federal investigation? Is it time for harassed citizens to sue the SPLC?

    From the reading I have done from available sources I know I would NEVER hand over funds to the Southern Poverty Law Center and will shun doing business with ANY firm, corporation, whatever that gives ANY donation to the SPLC.

    • thephranc

      Like most civil rights organizations they have out lived their usefulness and need to find hate in under every rock to remain relevant.

  • rockhard

    I’ll believe this anti christian bigots when they include orthodox Jews and 99% Muslims who not only oppose gay marriage but support the death penalty for homosexuals, I haven’t seen them on any hate group list, I wonder why?

  • taz

    What is this country coming too. If you have a honest and rational difference of opinion you are hateful, racist, or and extremist. This is not the identity of a healthy democratic republic. I’m personnally getting tired of this silliness. The word extremist is being used so loosely nowadays without the person/group making the accusation not having a clue what it truly means. We are regressing as a nation instead of progressing on all fronts. The founders of this great nation would be embarrassed if they were here today!

  • gringott

    Isn’t the Southern Poverty Law Center a racist hate group? They spew hate against white people and Christians. Who do we list them with? The Northern Not So Poor Law Center? They are hate mongers, pure and simple, and they have turned it into a very good racket.

    • craigiri

      Uh, hate to inform you of this, but the Southern Poverty Law center comes very much from Christian roots – that is, the religion of the poor people in the south.

      get it?

      Last time I looked, the poor folks of the south who were being preyed upon for hundreds of years were not muslims or jews.

      Look, if that place (Family Research) is not a hate group, then they surely are the largest hypocrites on the face of the planet. Maybe we should start the “Hypocrites Hall of Fame” to add a little depth to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

      Of course, you must know that the founder and head of the Family Research place hired a male prostitute to travel with him:

      The fact that such a group can even attain funding is amazing. That they enjoy tax-free status is another sin.

      So, please, think about it. Can a group whose founder uses make “rent a boy” prostitutes and then preaches hate against the same people actually NOT be a hate group?

      • thephranc

        SPLC was co-founded by a jew. Not really a man of christian roots. In fact their founded had very little to do with Christianity.

        • craigiri

          >>SPLC was co-founded by a jew

          Uh, Christianity was founded by a Jew!
          (He never intended anyone to start another religion – he was just telling them how to be truly ethical and moral).

          This center has won some of the landmark cases against the KKK. In fact, the KKK bombed the SPLC offices!
          They have won many cases against violent extremists, including against the dudes who dragged a black guy to his death behind their pickup (for fun) in recent years.

          To put it simply, those who are against the work of this group are FOR THE WORK OF THE KKK, NEO-NAZIs and other such groups.

          It’s a free country – y’all are entitled to post pictures of the Klan up in your mamas basement where you live. However, don’t assume that sane Americans are on your side of this issue. They are not.

          • thephranc

            Lets look at your argumentative fallacies.

            Jesus did not found the SPLC so your remark is irrelevant.

            The Klan has nothing to do with my correction of your false claim.

            I am black and against the SPLC. So by your logic I am for nazis, the klan and other hate groups.

            Your entire post did nothing to discredit my point all you did was discredit your self with one false logic point after another. Your diversionary tactics failed on several levels.

          • clw

            You are insane.

            It is your assertion that conservatives who don’t support the SPLC support the KKK?

            You know, there are many liberals on this site with whom I completely disagree, but at least I can see their logic when they attempt to explain their belief system. You are just one bad talking point after the other and make no logical sense WHATSOEVER. It’s just an insane rant of “KKK… religious nutjob… homophobe…”.

            You then try to paint yourself as the picture of open-mindedness. What a laugh. Typical liberal. Preaching against intolerance all day long, but SO intolerant of consertive opinion that you are on a mission to try to rebut every single post with your liberal smears and insults. (With, by the way, lots of assertions and conjecture but few facts and supporting info/links).

            Mr. Liberal Opinion. That’s you.

      • Supernatural Witness

        “I get it – sorta like booze stayed in the closet and pot stays out of focus because it it illegal…..???”

        Not exactly. Drugs were a minor problem until they became controlled substances. The FDA DEA ATF were all created on the back of a small crisis in labeling. Respectable house wives were become addicted to elixers which had about 50% Morphine as the active ingredients. The drug war resulted from this govt solution for the need to disclose medicine contents on the label.

        So you could say that focusing a war on drugs has created a much higher demand where there was none prior. Those brochures at schools promising that drugs would make us feel high and see colors went a long way toward enticement to use.

        Likewise the religious right or moral majority entering politics is a direct response to political activism on the part of gays and liberals. Evangelicals were largely apolitical until the values held dear by the immoral began to be enshrined in law through the efforts of people like you who pushed for gay values and feminist values and liberal values and communist values while telling the majority that they should keep their values to themselves. I say keep your values to yourself and practice your Atheism and gay lifestyle at home not in public. We have separation of values and state you know.

        • craigiri

          >>I say keep your values to yourself and practice your Atheism and gay lifestyle at home not in public. We have separation of values and state you know.

          A lot of what you are saying is factual and other parts are your opinion – as valid as any.

          However, as you well know, we do not have separation of values and state. I don’t like tatoos, but lots of Christians are walking down the street exposing vast quantities of them. I can’t walk down the street without seeing giant edifices designed to pray to the Supernatural. I pay higher taxes because said edifices get away without paying their fair share.

          I could go one, but you get the idea.

          I hate fake boobs – yet I have to walk down the street and see people parading around with them. I dislike heavy makeup, yet LOTS of people seem to accept painting masks on their faces as a religion.

          As long as a gay person pays taxes and is a part of society, they have as much right to petition the government as the tattoo parlor does…or the bar….or the liquor store….or even the “legalize marijuana” lobby. They are all a part of our political body.

          I think what upsets you and many others is how effective gay people were in gaining their political and civil rights. I can understand that. People have been mad at similar things from day one – people in the south and north were very unhappy when the slaves were freed because they worried about a black guy taking their jobs. Black folks then got into sports – the whites tried to keep them out for a century or more – and, lo and behold…well, just look at tennis and boxing and baseball and football. Seems like they do everything better!

          Of course, I am exaggerating, but the point is that we make not like groups we perceive as “the other” gaining their civil, political and economic rights. However, in the end, I think it is a good thing for society.

          If we simply accepted gay partnerships, it would not be a big deal. It’s happening anyway, so why drag it out for decades when the end result is really clear? A train is coming down the tracks – you can’t stop it, I can’t stop it and the God of Christians or Jews or Muslims can’t stop it.


          BTW, I’m a happily married guy with three kids and a grandbaby – with no gay folks in my family. I don’t have any skin in the game, but try to be an observer of things.

          As an example, MA…..which is right here….is doing very well in just about EVERY metric when compared to other states – that is, education, lack of divorce, health care, income, etc.
          Yet they legalized gay unions. Not an issue. In fact, it has been an incredible boom to the state!

          It’s time for all the BS to stop. I seriously don’t mind if Scientologists do their things, and Mormons marry multiple women, etc. etc.
          Who Cares?
          Well, I don’t. I have enough to worry about right close to home – that is, making a living, keeping the family happy, keeping my own head and body healthy, etc.

        • thephranc

          “I say keep your values to yourself and practice your Atheism and gay lifestyle at home not in public.”

          As soon as you keep your imaginary friend worshipping out of the public.

      • rockhard

        Are you and other radicals saying if people oppose gay marriage that makes them bigots and racist homophobes? IF THATS THE CASE YOU HAVE TO CALL BIGOTS MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND COUNTRIES…

        you said Jewish are very tolerant when it comes to homosexuals as if Christians are not? let me see the JEWISH STATE of Israel has no gay marriage, not one Muslim country has gay marriage, and yet idiots like you and the left SPLC pretend only Christians oppose gay marriage. Obama opposes gay marriage does that make Obama bigot racist homophobe ? most blacks and Hispanics voted against gay marriage. are they now racist and bigots as well ?