The American Family Association is responding to the latest rhetoric from a liberal legal group that has included it on a list of “hate groups” that politicians should avoid.
On Monday the Southern Poverty Law Center sent out a press release to members of the media saying that members of Congress shouldn’t speak at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC, this weekend due to what it calls the "extremism" of the Family Research Council (host of the event) and the American Family Association (a key co-sponsor).
In that press release, an SPLC official states: “Public officials need to know the real ‘values’ they’re endorsing when they attend the Values Voter Summit. Offensive and bigoted lies are not magically transformed into the truth just because a group with the word ‘family’ in its name keeps repeating them.”
Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for AFA, is called out specifically in the SPLC press release. He says the Southern Poverty Law Center is not a credible source.
"In fact, they seem to be dedicated to stirring up animosity and hatred directed toward groups that defend Christian values in the public arena,” he tells OneNewsNow. “The reality is the SPLC belongs on its own hate group list."
And Fischer says the SPLC’s online "hate list" motivated Floyd Corkins to try to massacre employees at FRC headquarters in Washington, DC, in August 2012. "The shooter at the Family Research Council last summer was whipped into a frenzy by the SPLC, which gave him a map to FRC where he could carry out his lethal intentions,” he remarks.
Fischer says neither AFA nor FRC hates homosexuals but want to warn about the danger of their lifestyles. He says disagreeing with the homosexual lifestyle doesn’t constitute hatred.
Some of the members of Congress scheduled to speak at the October 11-13 event are Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Tim Scott; and Representatives Louie Gohmert, Paul Ryan, Randy Forbes, Michele Bachmann, and Steve King.
The first Values Voter Summit was held in 2006; subsequent Summits have drawn as many as 2,000 registrants. A presidential straw poll is one of the regular activities at the Values Voter Summit.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.