Pro-Family Groups Push Back After GuideStar Labels 46 American Organizations ‘Hate Groups’

Over 40 pro-family groups recently signed a letter to the charity database site GuideStar after it labeled dozens of organizations as “hate groups” based on a list compiled by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven,” the correspondence read.

GuideStar added a banner atop the info pages of 46 nonprofits, which reads, “This organization was flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Among those tagged as “hate groups” include Family Research Council, the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness and the American College of Pediatricians.

Guidestar CEO, Jacob Harold, told the Associated Press that the company decided to add the warnings as a response to the increase of “hateful rhetoric” among Americans. He said that the organization decided to utilize SPLC’s list and trust their determinations.

“[W]e are making a judgment to trust that third party,” Harold outlined. “We feel that’s quite defensible.”

However, he said that the company was also considering moving the warning to a not-so-prominent location on each page, as GuideStar can’t personally state with certainty that every organization labeled is indeed motivated by hate.

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Those included on SPLC’s list state that the designation is defamatory.

“The SPLC’s primary goal is to achieve the political submission of its opponents, but its practice of sustained demonization in one’s community—which is what a ‘hate map’ is all about—inflames passions of hatred and animus against its targets,” Wednesday’s letter read.

It noted that SPLC’s hate map had been cited in 2012 when gunman Floyd Corkins went to Family Research Council’s headquarters with the intent to kill. Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“In 2012, a shooter entered the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., to ‘kill as many as possible’ because SPLC had identified FRC as a ‘hate group,’ and the killer-to-be relied on SPLC’s website to identify targets, according to his sworn testimony,” the correspondence outlined.

“The SPLC continues to list on its website people such as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently shot by James T. Hodgkinson who ‘liked’ SPLC’s Facebook page,” it continued. “Does it not concern you that within the past five years, the SPLC has been linked to gunmen who carried out two terrorist shootings in the DC area?”

GuideStar now says that it will remove the labels, but only out of its claim that staff had received threats from those upset about the designations.

“Dismayingly, a significant amount of the feedback we’ve received in recent days has shifted from constructive criticism to harassment and threats directed at our staff and leadership,” it remarked in a statement. “We acknowledge there is a deep, nuanced conversation to be had with Americans of all political, cultural, and religious backgrounds regarding how we address—and identify—hate groups.”

The banners are expected to be removed this week, although GuideStar says it will still provide the information if there is an inquiry.

“If anyone’s guilty of hate, it’s the organization defining it!” said FRC’s Tony Perkins in a blog post on the matter. “SPLC’s own Mark Potok made no bones about the group’s ultimate agenda, saying, ‘Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. … I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.'”

“And they think Christians are the threat?” he asked. “What’s worse, SPLC is quite open about the fact that their labels are completely arbitrary [as the group once said], ‘Our criteria for a ‘hate group,’ first of all, have nothing to do with criminality or violence… It’s strictly ideological.'”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    People must never trust what the liberals say from now on. Honesty and fairness are Christian virtues, too. Liberals bully the Christians.

  • Michael C

    Pro-Family Groups Push Back After GuideStar Labels 46 American Organizations ‘Hate Groups’

    It doesn’t sound like the push-back from “pro-family” (anti-Muslim, anti-gay, etc) groups had anything to do with GuideStar’s reversal. It sounds like harassment and threats from Christians caused GuideStar to fear for their employees.

    • Jason Todd

      So you have a problem with people who oppose the mindset behind Manchester and more importantly, Orlando?

      What the bleep is the matter with you?

      • Michael C

        I’m sorry. I don’t understand your comment.

        • Jason Todd

          Oh, horsefeathers. You know good and well what I mean.

          It doesn’t sound like the push-back from “pro-family” (anti-Muslim, anti-gay, etc) groups

          Are you defending people who would literally bleeping kill you?

          • Michael C

            Are you defending people who would literally bleeping kill you?

            No. I didn’t do that.

            Please have the last word.

          • Jason Todd

            Then what are you saying? Why can’t you say what you mean, unless you have already and are playing games?

            And, no, silence is not an acceptable response, unless you are afraid of the tough questions.

          • vicnicholls

            He is. Doesn’t want to listen to Christs’ Word either. That’s why I won’t bother. Eventually the admins will see where his heart is: its not with the Gospel and its only to argue with Christians.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        If you’re referring to the terrorist attacks, I’m pretty sure the SPLC is also opposed to them.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Liberals are only against the Christians among all groups. Christians are singled out for bullying by the Liberals.

  • michael louwe

    By targeting the 46 morally-upright Family-based org, the Southern Poverty Law Center and GuideStar are the true hate groups.
    ……. The SPLC is just a liberal mouthpiece(= Democrats) who pander for the votes of Blacks, Hispanics and LGBTQs, and hate conservative Whites, Christians and other religionists.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Agreed, but the blacks and the Hispanics and Asians and women and disabled people should feel ashamed to be listed with the LGBTQs. Some people prefer rich white men’s free bread and intend to live on it for life, but skin colors and races and birth genders and disabilities have nothing to do with sexual depravity.

      • vicnicholls

        They may not have had a choice.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          I was stunned that the Westerners would compare inter-racial marriage with homosexual marriage and rant equality. That means the West’s white people regard the peoples of colors as disgusting as sexually depraved people. Why won’t the West differenciate the two groups? People should not support Dems for more free bread. Children are being killed and human dignity is falling here.

          • vicnicholls

            I’m referring to disabled people.

  • Lydia Church

    The only hate group there is the SPLC!
    The haters will hate.

  • BeBeX

    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) should be added to the HATE GROUP LIST as they have shown blatant hatred toward Christianity, Pro Family Groups, and any/all moral and lawful organizations. SPLC also holds the gold star for BIGOTRY and PREJUDICES against any/all groups which have a different ideology.
    We should rename them as the Southern Shame Unlawful Center.