It would appear that the Family Research Council doesn’t like being lumped together with the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups after all. The conservative political group launched a strongly worded response to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s listing of the FRC as a hate group, calling the action a “slanderous attack” by a “massively funded liberal organization” that is “more interested in fundraising ploys rather than fighting wrongdoing.”
The condemnation goes further as the FRC insists that “[t]his is a deliberately timed smear campaign by the SPLC” because, according the the FRC, the left is “losing the debate over ideas and the direction of public policy.”
Of course, nowhere in the FRC’s response is any acknowledgment of the massive public support for such policies as the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or the significant judicial defeat anti-gay activists have taken in Proposition 8 and other state-based gay marriage initiatives.
In fact, the FRC seems so oblivious to the reasons they landed on the SPLC’s hate group list that the organization has demanded an apology for the SPLC’s “slanderous attack and attempted character assassination.”
The SPLC has not yet responded to the FRC’s demand, and likely will not. Given the amount of work the FLC does to spread an agenda of anti-gay hate, the designation was well-deserved. Furthermore, given the prominence of the group within the Republican establishment, the SPLC has done what many on the left have so far been reluctant to–flatly call out the hateful and bigoted rhetoric of many Republicans.
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