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FRC essentially lied in court

by Jeremy Hooper

At the sentencing of the man behind that awful, despicable, scary, resoundingly denounced incident of gunplay that played out at the Family Research Council's headquarters in the summer of 2012, FRC president Tony Perkins read a statement in front of a District Court judge. Here is some of what said about the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks discriminatory groups:

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This is a lie. A number of groups carry a "protect marriage" and are not at all a part of the SPLC's monitoring. Even longtime "protect marriage" stalwarts like Focus on the Family and explicitly marriage-focused orgs like NOM are off the SPLC's list. It's not just man/woman marriage advocacy that earns the distinction.

The SPLC has a set of criteria for determining which groups pass over the high bar and make it onto the active anti-gay list. One need only look at Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, or Kenyn Cureton's rhetoric to understand why FRC earned heightened scrutiny (operative word being "earned"). And FRC knows this, too. Or at least the FRC staffers should know it because SPLC has made it perfectly clear. FRC just knows that playing the victim is a good fundraising tool, so they are using even horrible incidents like this one to score points against their political opponents rather than to self-reflect and do what they should do: take responsibility for their own work.

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