A major television news network is putting a spotlight on family-focused organizations, mislabeled as "hate groups" by the SPLC, that received COVID-related aid from the U.S. government – but one of those groups is fighting back.
NBC News released an article listing organizations labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which included various faith-based organizations, among them the American Family Association and the Ruth Institute. One News Now spoke with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, who heads the Ruth Institute.
"NBC News has produced now two pieces that I'm aware of where they're attacking so-called 'hate groups' and so-called 'anti-LGBT groups' for having received Paycheck Protection money," Morse explained. "And in both of those articles, the Ruth Institute is mentioned; and in both of those articles, the American Family Association is mentioned."
Morse is convinced the network and the SPLC are angling so that should a new administration takes over in Washington, it will demand that religious organizations pay back the money.
"I think that what the Southern Poverty Law Center plus NBC News is doing is they're trying to say these people – these Christian groups, these haters – are unworthy of this type of public support," she suggests, "and therefore they should have to repay their loans … even though Planned Parenthood and strip clubs and lots of other businesses are able to receive taxpayer money under the Paycheck Protection Program."
Under the federal guidelines, PPP loans are forgiven provided the money is used for payroll and business expenses, such as rent.
To fight back, the Ruth Institute is calling on people to challenge media abuse by signing a petition, in conjunction with LifeSite News, politely calling on NBC to apologize on the air, retract the stories, and stop using the SPLC as a source.