Family Research Council Responds to SPLC

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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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

The SPLC is my favorite organization to give to -- they research well, spread tolerance to children, document hate crimes, and take bigots to court to WIN cases. THEY SPEAK TRUTH. Hurrah for them!

Adam G.
Adam G7 years ago

it's easy to tell that the frc are not a hate group... just look at their members. not a single pillowcase hat on any of them. well, not while the public are watching, anyway...

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

i for one am really sick of the extreme right and the extreme left...i wonder if we can even have an extreme middle??? and does anyone ever really listen any longer....i guess not...

Grenna F.
Grenna F7 years ago

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
-Thomas Jefferson

Bart V.
Bart V.7 years ago

The FRC is one of the more notorious of the badly mis-named groups that use warm 'n fuzzy terms like 'family', in their names , & have an agenda of hatred disguised as morality. For the SPLA to designate the FRC as a hate group requires close scrutiny them to do so. And, that would have been done. It is now the duty of all people who value human dignity, civil rights, liberty, & justice for all; to cease donating funds to this & similar organizations. In supporting these groups, you are aiding & abetting the lowest & most demeaning of human traits.

Doug C.
Doug C7 years ago

No one wants to to take away your right to think an invisible cloud being cares about you and hates it when you burp,fart,f*ck,eat meat on Friday,swear,or use your mind. We just want you to aknowledge that you are hateful, and that there is no religious dispensation granting you special permission to do "god's will".

Stephen Young
Stephen Young7 years ago

they are one of the many hate groups. good on you SPLC

Judith g.
Judith g7 years ago

Please support the SPLC. They are out there defending the disenfranchised and the downtrodden from oafs like the FRC. Morris Dees the director, has had many death threats against him and his organization for defending those who have no voice. They can only do it if we support what they do.

ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

Lynn A., Prop 8 passed, not because of massive PUBLIC support, but rather massive FINANCIAL support. These two things are not the same!

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite7 years ago

Hey, Family Research's not slander if it's true.

You're a Hate Group. Deal with it.