The Washington Examiner is reporting that the FBI has dropped the Southern Poverty Law Center as a resource on the agency's "hate crime" web page.
According to the report, the webpage "scrubbing" came after 15 pro-family groups, including the American Family Association, complained to the FBI and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The AFA and other conservative groups such as the Family Research Council have been targeted by the SPLC because of their opposition to homosexual "marriage."
Tim Wildmon, president of AFA, applauds the move. "To have the FBI disassociate itself with the Southern Poverty Law Center is an excellent move on their part," he says. "American Family Association, [along with] the Family Research Council, has been slandered, quite frankly, by this SPLC group as a hate organization."
AFA is a Christian ministry - not a "hate group," he adds. "We have strong stands on moral issues, including marriage and life and those kinds of things, but we are not and never have been a hate group," Wildmon explains. "We've been unfairly labeled that by the Southern Poverty Law Center."
Wildmon adds that while the SPLC served a good purpose in the 1960s during the civil rights movement, "they've long since lost their reason to exist."
FRC president Tony Perkins also congratulated the FBI for making the move. He says the SPLC is an "organization that not only dispenses erroneous data ... but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court."
In August of 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins walked into FRC headquarters with a gun and almost 100 rounds of ammunition and shot the building maintenance manager, who survived. Corkins confessed to wanting to kill as many employees as possible and cited the SPLC as his source for labeling FRC a hate group. Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The Examiner reports that the Anti-Defamation League also was eliminated from the FBI "hate crime" web page.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.