The SPLC’s Uncivil War

By Tony Perkins

It’s almost the end of Black History Month — and the SPLC has a funny way of observing it. The so-called “civil rights” group has spent the last few weeks attacking one of the most prominent African-Americans in the country, Dr. Ben Carson, for holding beliefs that a majority of the nation (our latest poll shows) share.

Today, a group of black pastors stood with Dr. Carson in calling out the Southern Poverty Law Center as the real extremist in a special news conference at the National Press Club. FRC’s Bishop E.W. Jackson led the show of support, which also featured Martin Brown of STAND, Captain Steve Lambert of the Virginia State Police, Dr. Leon Threatt of Christian Faith Assembly, and Melvin Adams of Renewnation.

“I want to remind everybody that we call Islamic terrorists ‘extremists,'” Bishop Jackson told the reporters assembled. “And to call a man extremist simply because he expressed a biblical view of marriage is really beyond the pale.” Together, these leaders made it clear that the SPLC doesn’t speak for them. “… The Southern Poverty Law Center’s name is derived from a group of people who are supposed to be concerned about poverty and about helping minority people. To me,” Bishop Jackson pointed out, “it is ultimately ironic that a man like Ben Carson, who grew up poor, taught by a welfare mother who couldn’t even read, but instilled values in her son such that he became academically outstanding. [He] went on to become one of the renowned surgeons, not just in America, but in the world…”

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“That’s supposed to be the American dream.” And to say, Bishop Jackson went on, “that we don’t care how many children you save, we don’t care how much of a pioneer you’ve been in the field of medicine, we don’t care what background you came from, all we know is that because you don’t agree with us, we are going to attack you. And what that says to me is, that the Southern Poverty Law Center needs to drop poverty from their name, because they’re no longer about helping poor people. They’re now about being ideological police.”

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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