Another organization is questioning the criteria the Southern Poverty Law Center uses to identify an organization as a "hate group."
The question arises again after it was reported Wednesday the FBI will stop using SPLC on its website as an organization that determines hate groups. Family Research Council vice president Jerry Boykin, whose group was designated as such by the SPLC, tells OneNewsNow the feds' decision has been a long time coming.
"... You have to wonder why there was a connection between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an organization that was connected in federal court to domestic terrorism. Why was that connection made to begin with?" he asks.
Apparently the FBI didn't bother to ponder that issue or to investigate the criteria used by SPLC to make their decisions either, but Boykin says it's hard to check on something that doesn't exist.
"This is a purely political thing on their part," says the FRC spokesman. "It supports [SPLC's] radical, anti-Christian agenda – and so they can't begin to tell you how they choose groups."
Boykin points back to August 2012 when Floyd Lee Corkins walked into FRC's Washington, DC, office with a gun and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and shot the building manager. Corkins later confessed that he actually wanted to kill as many people as possible, but also admitted he got the information on FRC from the SPLC "hate group" list. Corkins eventually was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The leaders of two pro-family, pro-marriage organizations identified by the SPLC as hate groups yesterday applauded the FBI's decision.