By Tony Perkins
Family Research Council — For years, the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) bragged about its work with the FBI. Together, their partnership on issues like “hate crimes” helped fuel the Obama administration’s fierce targeting of mainstream pro-family groups. That ended this month — at least publicly — as the FBI became the second government entity to distance itself from the controversial organization.
The move to delete SPLC links from its webpage went virtually unnoticed until yesterday, when the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Begard reported on the change, which he called “shocking.” This is just the latest rejection of the extreme anti-Christian group, which was also shunned by the Obama Pentagon after a recent flare-up over its training materials. Despite being linked in federal court to domestic terrorism, SPLC has remained a go-to ally of the Obama administration as it seems to silence conservative organizations. SPLC, the self-anointed authority on “hate,” has made a name for itself stereotyping pro-marriage Americans — the kind of characterizations that led Floyd Corkins to walk into FRC with a plan to kill as many people as possible. Fortunately, the FBI is sending a strong signal that it will no longer take advice on “extremism” from terrorist-guiding SPLC.
To Bedard, the FBI’s shunning of SPLC is a significant rejection of the group, which is best known for its reckless labeling of what it calls “hate groups.” “The website scrubbing,” the Examiner points out, “came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group — SPLC — that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.” But what was most interesting to Bedard wasn’t what the FBI said, but what it didn’t say. Asked for comment, the agency had none. The FBI “offered no explanation” for cutting ties with SPLC on its “hate crimes resources” page, despite the longevity of the partnership.
Of course, FRC would be the first one to say that the group’s anti-Christian propaganda is inconsistent with the FBI, the military, and any other branch of the Obama administration hoping to reinforce SPLC’s religious intolerance. For now, we join millions of Americans in thanking the Bureau for recognizing real extremism when they see it. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of the end of SPLC’s influence in the federal government.
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)
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