ECFA to GuideStar: A mistake to listen to SPLC

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

GuideStar logoThe Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has admonished GuideStar for labeling non-profits as "hate groups."

ECFA president Dan Busby wrote a letter to the president of GuideStar USA and its board chair, saying the organization's use of "hate group" labels on certain non-profit organizations was out of character for GuideStar. Three of the groups that received such labels are ECFA-accredited organizations.

"Many ECFA-accredited organizations and givers regularly use GuideStar as a resource for obtaining objective, fact-based information about specific exempt organizations and even the non-profit sector as a whole," says Busby. "GuideStar has been a credible resource for them over the years, precisely because of its neutral and objective approach to providing information."

The "hate" labels were applied to specific non-profits at the recommendation of the Southern Poverty Law Center – which columnist Robert Knight says has a "long history of abusing non-profits and individuals with whom they disagree."

ECFA logo"Basically, I made two observations in the letter," Busby continues. "First, I observed that the practice by GuideStar by labeling any 501(c)3 organization as a hate group undermines their credibility among non-profit leaders as a neutral, objective source of information about the non-profit sector."

As a result, Busby warns GuideStar's actions will hurt its credibility.

"The second observation I made was that faith-based organizations that espouse beliefs held for millennia and based in the Bible do not hold their views as a result of hate; rather they hold these positions because they believe that God himself has decreed the beliefs in his Word," Busby adds.

"Even in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, where the Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the Court stated that many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reached that conclusion based on decent and honorable, religious and philosophical premises and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here, disparaged by the Supreme Court."

Busby goes on to note in the letter that it is appropriate to respect the beliefs of faith-based groups who believe that God himself has set standards for people's lives and has given them an opportunity to be with him forever – and such beliefs are not new, uncommon or strange.

"The key point, I think, was that these beliefs were shared out of love for others and not out of hate," he adds.

ECFA isn't alone in its apprehension; more than 40 non-profits, most falsely labeled by GuideStar, sent a separate letter to the organization late last month. One mislabeled nonprofit has even filed a federal lawsuit against GuideStar over the "false and defamatory 'hate group' label."

GuideStar then removed the label from the pages of the nonprofits on its site, yet released a statement saying the organization will continue to provide the "hate group" information upon request and is considering other methods of disseminating that information.

ECFA plans to monitor the situation and alert members of new developments.

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Are elections in your state well-protected against voter fraud – or is election reform needed?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Chamber of Commerce seeks end to Biden anti-work incentive
Texas becomes the latest state to fight election fraud
It's confirmed...major plunge in California population numbers
Police: 29 people recovered from semitruck in Texas
Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian terrorists

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Dems after bad jobs report: More spending is answer
Media suddenly focused on inflation after D.C. spending spree
NY AG: 'Net neutrality' comments to FCC faked
White House admits it tries to keep Biden from probing reporter
Cori Bush slammed for referring to mothers as 'birthing people'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
AFA: Stay true to the pledge

Target store signIt's "back to school" time – and a pro-family group is urging parents to be responsible about where they choose to purchase those folders, pencils, markers, and glue sticks.