The Southern Poverty Law Center has hit back at claims that its designation of the Family Research Council as a “hate group” placed a target on the conservative organization. In a blog post, SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok called the claims “outrageous.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins held a press conference today, calling out the SPLC specifically and saying the organization’s “reckless rhetoric” gave accused shooter Floyd Corkins “a license to shoot an unarmed man.”

In its response, the SPLC accused Perkins of using the incident to score political points.

Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people. The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people.

Potok also reaffirmed his group’s designation of the Family Research Council as a hate group as “legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society,” a view shared by supporters.

https://twitter.com/KevinBoyer/status/236269925667315712

Jim Treacher and others were inspired to engage in their own “fact-based criticism in a democratic society.”

With both sides doubling down, not all FRC defenders are pleased with the rhetorical escalation.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    From the SPLC statement: “….The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child
    molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop
    the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people.”

    All people? Is the SPLC affirming the dignity of Jerry Sandusky? And if he only sodomized boys, doesn’t that make him gay AND a child molester? SPLC says that’s impossible because of dignity.

    • $21367552

      Seriously?! you don’t see the difference between one individual pedophile and saying that 2-3% of American adults who happen to be attracted to other adults are “after your kids”? The last tweet above from RB Ouellette said it best.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        SPLC is the folks making blanket statements. That’s their argument, not mine. I’m just asking questions about their stance on issues. It’s up to them to prove them wrong. According them them, John Wayne Gacy should be afforded the same dignity as you.

        • robcrawford2

          Well, Gacy *was* a popular Democrat fund-raiser.

          (Hurm… I wonder if that ties into Holder’s reluctance to investigate/prosecute child sex-slave trafficking? And the willingness of ACORN to help a pimp set up a brothel with under-age slave girls? And the eagerness of Planned Parenthood to ignore mandatory reporting laws for statutory rape?)

      • robcrawford2


        saying that 2-3% of American adults who happen to be attracted to other adults are “after your kids”?”

        No one said that. Stop spreading hate and lies.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          Actually, the FRC has said that repeatedly. They still say it even though it has been proven to be a lie. So how is that the FRC saying that gay people should be put to death and should have no civil rights repeatedly doesn’t incite the weekly murders and beatings of gay people by “christians” and yet simply being labeled a hate group incited this man to shoot a guard? Can anyone explain that to me? Michelle? Anyone?

          And just this week, a bar in Salt Lake City was attacked by “god’s gentle people”TM where they threw flaming projectiles into the crowded patio. Last week a man’s car was firebombed and his body was burned severely and they wrote slurs all over the car.

          Why wasn’t Mr. Perkins upset about that? If he and the FRC truly cares about all people, why didn’t he come out and say that “christians” should stop doing these things? Because it is all a lie. He doesn’t give two craps about anyone other than himself.

          And I love that he called the guard a “friend” when he probably didn’t know that man’s name until today. Disgusting.

          • weRbroke

            A liberal woman…83, just spit in the face of another woman…will mary Hoglund be defined as a HATER?

  • weRbroke

    The latest broadcast from the New Black Panther Party calls for killing white babies by bombing nurseries.
    Is SPLC or the O DOJ going to publicly condemn them on ANY MSM?

    • Spooner505333

      JoeMyGod will be in shortly to defend that.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      That is a lie that was told you to scare you into voting for Romney.

      • weRbroke

        Its a lie? BAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    Perkins doesn’t like to talk about how the FRC purchased mailing lists from the KKK and how he supported and worked for David Duke while he was a grand wizard of the KKK. So tell me again how they are not a hate group?

    • J. Cox

      Stay off the Joemydog blog page and dig a little deeper and learn the truth instead of acting like a typical lefty the parrot.

  • BoSSspy

    It’s absurd to claim that hate group that filled the shooter with hate, told him who to hate and gave him a hate map to the crime scene to carry out their hateful, bloody, murderous rampage is not responsible for this hate crime!