Nearly a decade after a gunman attacked the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., the scandal-ridden, far-left Southern Poverty Law Center still stubbornly mislabels the Christian nonprofit organization on its so-called hate map as an anti-LGBTQ entity.
The gunman, who reportedly said he targeted the Family Research Council in the August 15, 2012, attack because the SPLC listed it on its website as an anti-gay hate group, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in September 2013 after pleading guilty to three felony charges, including committing an act of terrorism.
Other mainstream conservative organizations also appear on the SPLC’s map.
“Nothing speaks to the SPLC’s inhumanity as much as its behavior after the shooting at FRC. Rather than remove the map used by a terrorist to attempt to kill dozens of people, the SPLC doubled down and even expanded its list to include another non-violent conservative, Christian and parent organizations who opposed the SPLC’s political agenda,” Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice president, told Fox News nine years after the incident.
“There has been no change to the hate map nor will there be. Today’s SPLC remains aggressively anti-Christian and morally bankrupt – both inside and out,” Boykin added.
Equipped with a massive endowment, the Montgomery, Ala.-based, tax-exempt organization with extravagant offices apparently derisively known as the Poverty Palace, has faced allegations of racism, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment, which led to the departures of co-founder Morris Dees and President Richard Cohen in early 2019.
In a famous and obviously influential March 2019 expose published in The New Yorker, ex-staffer Bob Moser wrote, in part, the following:
The great Southern journalist John Egerton, writing for The Progressive, had painted a damning portrait of Dees, the center’s longtime mastermind, as a “super-salesman and master fundraiser” who viewed civil-rights work mainly as a marketing tool for bilking gullible Northern liberals…The work could be meaningful and gratifying. But it was hard, for many of us, not to feel like we’d become pawns in what was, in many respects, a highly profitable scam…We were part of the con, and we knew it.”
Big tech platforms nonetheless still often use the SPLC as a resource in rooting out so-called hate speech, and corporate media outlets still regard the ostensible civil rights organization as a legitimate arbiter.
The conservative think tank’s building manager thwarted what could have resulted in a mass casualty event, Boykin recalled.
“He shot our building manager, Leo Johnson, shattering the major bones of his left arm. Even after taking a bullet, Leo heroically tackled the shooter, putting a stop to what would have been a mass murder. We will remain forever grateful for God’s intervention that day and for ‘Leo the hero,” he said.
The FRC has denied any anti-gay animus. “‘Every person, no matter who they are sexually attracted to, is created in the image and likeness of God” and therefore is “equal in value and dignity and must be treated with respect,'” it explained, Fox News added.
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