SPLC Calls Family Research Council ‘More Dangerous’ Than the Ku Klux Klan
On Thursday, Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), declared the Family Research Council (FRC), a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the family, more dangerous than the Ku Klux Klan.
"We're always believed it's important to take on groups like the FRC that have a foothold in the mainstream," Cohen wrote. "In many ways, they're more dangerous to our country than hatemongers who wear robes and hoods."
Cohen attacked the FRC following this past weekend's "Values Voter Summit," the organization's annual event. This particular summit attracted unusual attention because President Donald Trump addressed it, becoming the first sitting president to do so.
Cohen blasted the gathering as "a rogue's gallery of far-right extremists," and upbraided Trump for "shamefully lending the legitimacy of the White House to hate groups like the Summit's host, the Family Research Council, and its president, Tony Perkins."
The SPLC has long marked mainstream conservative and Christian organizations "hate groups," listing them along with racist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. This is the first time the organization actually called the FRC worse than the KKK, however.
What makes these "far-right extremists" so dangerous? In the case of the Family Research Council, it mostly boils down to their embrace of traditional Christian sexual morality, from an emphasis on the family to an opposition to same-sex marriage.
The SPLC doesn't just brand Christian groups "hateful" for supporting biblical sexuality — it also advocates for homosexuality and transgenderism in schools, and has done so for years.
Furthermore, the leftist organization has continued to brand FRC as a "hate group," even after that very labeling caused a terrorist attack against the Christian organization.
In August 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins II opened fire at the FRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., intending to murder everyone in the building, and place Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches by their bodies. Corkins pled guilty to committing an act of terrorism and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2013.
During an FBI interrogation, the terrorist admitted he targeted FRC because it was listed as an "anti-gay group" on the SPLC website.
Despite this clear connection to terrorism, the SPLC refused to admit fault and refused to remove the FRC from their "hate" list.
Ironically, one year earlier, the leftist group had pushed the spurious claim that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was responsible for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), because Palin's political action committee published maps with Democratic districts in crosshairs. PolitiFact rated this ridiculous claim "false."
This year, the SPLC was connected to a second terror attack — the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). The shooter, Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson, "liked" the SPLC on Facebook. The SPLC had repeatedly attacked Scalise for a speech he gave to a white supremacist group, even after Scalise apologized and condemned the group (and was called a "sellout" by former KKK leader David Duke).