By Tony Perkins
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) touts itself as an honest broker, the cop on the beat, when it comes to assessing whether an organization is a “hate group.” It produces a list with different categories of offenders like Nazi and KKK affiliates. But, the SPLC also attacks groups, including FRC, that it labels as “anti-LGBT.” Most of these organizations like FRC appear to be merely Christian organizations that are defending the tenets of the orthodox faith on matters of sexuality and marriage.
Well, it turns out that the SPLC actions over the past weekend demonstrate clearly, if anyone needed more evidence, that the SPLC is not an honest broker when it comes to LGBT politics. Rather, it is an aggressive, partisan organization with a clear leftist political and social agenda.
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade issued a ruling in Searcy v. Strange holding that Alabama’s marriage amendment was unconstitutional. Even though the SPLC did not represent the plaintiffs it issued a press release trumpeting the decision:
This historic ruling is a giant step toward full equality for LGBT people in Alabama and does not harm anyone….
It turns out that the SPLC is trying to overturn Alabama’s male-female definition of marriage in another case, Hard v. Bentley, in which it does represent the plaintiff.
The crucial point here is for the American news media. The SPLC should not be allowed to play in the game and then be the umpire behind home plate. Yet, the press has overlooked SPLC’s playing both roles in the same-sex marriage debate. The SPLC is clearly committed to a full-blown LGBT agenda. They have a right to do that. However, they should not then be permitted to defame their opponents for political advantage in an underhanded effort to fix, define, and destroy their opposition.
The press needs to wise up here and recognize the SPLC’s hate list for what it is — a political weapon designed to give them what the truth does not — an advantage.
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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