SPLC’s Civil Rights — And Wrongs


By Tony Perkins

Family Research Council — Things were bad enough for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when the FBI and Defense Department distanced themselves from the group. Now, SPLC is having even bigger image problems — within its own base. In a stunning rebuke of the organization, which inspired the first case of domestic terrorism in D.C., former supporter Catherine Davis explains how her eyes were opened to the radical new agenda of a group she once admired.

Like many African Americans, Davis says she held SPLC in the highest esteem for all it did to advance racial equality in the last half-century. When she heard that the co-founder of SPLC, Morris Dees, was speaking at a local university, Catherine circled the date on the calendar to attend, anxious to listen to the man “who had shown himself brave in the face of blatant racism.” In an explosive piece for CNSNews.com, she explains how jarring his talk was to someone who knew the organization for its anti-discrimination work in the black community. Instead of focusing on SPLC’s civil rights legacy, Dees outlined “a calculated, deliberate political agenda cloaked in the garments of the civil rights movement.”

And the targets shocked her. From homosexual “rights” to illegal immigrants, SPLC “exploit[ed] the most heinous, shameful era of our nation’s history in support of erasing the lines of morality and, replacing them with the ‘anything goes’ lifestyles they promote” — all the while, she points out, sitting on a mountain of cash ($281 million) “taken from countless well-meaning small donors who know little or nothing of their agenda.”

Not all of us, she writes, “are stupid enough to drink from the progressive Kool-Aid that tries to use the history of blacks… Not all of us will sit still for the rape of our legacy. Some of us, no most of us, reject, categorically, the notion that any… immoral behavior, whether that of the illegal immigrant or that of the LGBT lifestyle, should be allowed to rise to the level of that which is legal and moral by riding the coattails of the civil rights movement.” SPLC may have weathered the storm of the government’s rejection, but the organization will have a much tougher time surviving the disgust of its own base. To the Left’s dismay, SPLC’s credibility is in a freefall — as will any group’s who dares to partner with them.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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