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The SPLC: Big Bucks, the FRC, and Jimmy Carter

Last week, we wrote in this space about what one liberal called the “fraud” that is the Southern Poverty Law Center. As we featured, one Floyd Corkins said the SPLC’s citing of the Family Research Center as a “hate group” played a role in his gun-toting attack on the FRC. Corkins was intending to commit mass murder but thanks to security guard Leo Johnson, he was stopped in the FRC lobby, although Mr. Johnson was wounded stopping the attack.

A couple of additions are in order.

The point was made repeatedly by the SPLC’s critics of the group’s manipulation of hate for financial purposes, with one liberal comparing the group to the fundraising of disgraced evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

It should be noted that the SPLC has itself issued a report saying that it had an “endowment fund” of some $223.8 million in 2011, with a later report saying that as of October 2012, the fund had increased to $245.3 million.

Additionally, there is one very amusing fact that I did not detail at length.

According to the SPLC itself, the Family Research Center originated at the 1980 White House Conference on Families. And just what did that Conference – sponsored by no less than President Jimnmy Carter, the man whose national finance director was Morris Dees, the founder of the SPLC – have to say on the issue of marriage?

It said this:

WHEREAS, The family has been clearly defined in God’s Word and accepted by the Jewish and Christian society of America for over two hundred years, and

WHEREAS, Traditional Judeo-Christian family values are being threatened, and

WHEREAS, American families need to have affirmation by the Christian community, and

WHEREAS, The first of the three national conferences held in Baltimore reportedly made some positive recommendations such as support for aid to combat alcohol and drug abuse and yet supported abortion, homosexual rights, and a general undermining of the biblical concept of the family, and

WHEREAS, The recommendations from the White House Conference on the Family will likely be received by Congress and the President as the sentiment of the American people, and thus enacted into law,

Be it therefore RESOLVED, That the biblical definition of the family be affirmed as the only adequate definition of the family.

The irony, of course, is that the FRC has exactly this position – and is being castigated as a “hate group.” Which, apparently, means Morris Dees of the SPLC was responsible for raising money for a hate group leader named Jimmy Carter. Not to mention helping Carter become president.

One liberal says the SPLC is a fraud.

Perhaps expensive, cynical joke is a better description?

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