Another tech company has shut out another Christian ministry and once again the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center is involved.
Family Research Council has been notified by software developer MobileCause that a contract was being pulled because FRC is listed as a “hate group” by the SPLC.
California-based MobileCause provides software for nonprofits to conduct online fundraising and FRC was using the software in a get-out-the-vote campaign called Pray Vote Stand. That effort includes a weekly Wednesday night gathering of supporters online.
FRC President Tony Perkins says all was going well until last Wednesday.
“One hour before we were to go live,” says FRC President Tony Perkins, “we were notified by MobileCause, which had been our vendor for three years on texting, that our contract was being immediately withdrawn.”
A letter from the tech company, which OneNewsNow obtained from FRC, states the contract was being cancelled because FRC is listed as a “hate group” by the SPLC.
The website for MobileCause (pictured above) includes faith-based nonprofits among the “Causes” it supports, and the logos for the still-allowed ministries 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.
“Loving God and loving people are the heart of your organization’s purpose,” the MobileCause website proclaims.
The letter from CEO Victor Limongelli, dated Sept. 2, states MobileCause has a "corportate practice" of not working with organizations listed by the SPLC as a hate group.
"We were unaware of this fact," Limongelli says of FRC being listed.
The fact SPLC continues to list FRC on its website is rich with irony: 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 tells OneNewsNow, “I doubt very seriously that the corporate world would be using that conservative entity.”
Morris Dees, the now-former leader of the SPLC, was famously confronted about Corkins at an airport by a CNS News reporter. The attorney denied the “Hate Map” had ever been used as a source to harm others, even though the FBI interview proved that claim was untrue.
Dees, who co-founded Southern Poverty, was forced out last year when employees and former employees came forward with stories of lewd behavior by Dees and discrimination against minorities.