Family Research Council is fighting back weeks after a tech company dropped a contract with the conservative group due to its “hate group” status with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Family Research Council has said its leaders were one hour away from a fundraising effort, using texting software to reach supporters, when MobileCause abruptly canceled the contract after three years of business.
OneNewsNow reported in a Sept. 9 story that California-based MobileCause, which helps non-profits with publicity and fundraising, informed Perkins the firm has a "corporate practice" of following the SPLC and its "Hate Map."
FRC President Tony Perkins says his group has sent a demand letter to MobileCause because FRC was forced to push back.
“As Christians in a society that's cancel culture,” he says, “where we're being told we cannot stand upon biblical truth or promote biblical truth, that we have no place in the national discussion. We can't give in to that.
Before its co-founder Morris Dees stepped down last year over accusations of sexual misconduct and racism, Southern Poverty was enjoying fawning praise from the media and far-left groups, and even federal agencies such as the FBI, for introducing a “Hate Map” that lists right-wing groups across the country.
Critics have pointed out, however, that SPLC’s vague definition of “hate” means the numerous groups it monitors range from ministries that hold biblical views about marriage to racist groups pushing for a race war.
According to SPLC’s own web page in which FRC is listed, the Washington, D.C.-based FRC is cited for its “anti-LGBT” stance alongside numerous white nationalist organizations and four black separatist groups in the area. Because they operate in the nation’s capital, too, other prominent groups are listed alongside FRC including Act for America, Center for Immigration Studies, and the Center for Security Policy.
There is also the not-forgotten issue of attempted mass murder: A gunman, Floyd Corkins, attempted to massacre FRC employees in 2012 after using the “Hate Map” to select a target.
“Did you look it up online?” an FBI agent asked Corkins in a video-recorded interview.
“It was, uh, Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins replied. “I found them online.”
“If there was a conservative group that had been linked in federal court to an act of domestic terrorism,” Perkins told OneNewsNow in the Sept. story, “I doubt very seriously that the corporate world would be using that conservative entity.”
According to Perkins, MobileCause discriminated against FRC over its religious beliefs and the “remedy” for that is to stop using the SPLC as a source.
Other ministries included on the MobileCause as clients include Youth for Christ, Salvation Army, evangelist Greg Lauri, author-teacher Joyce Meyer, and North America Mission Board, a missionary arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.