Just before Thanksgiving, the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) came out with a report labeling the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association and other family advocates as “hate” groups because of their stand for marriage.
In response, pro-family groups are calling on the SPLC — and the Left — to engage in public policy debates and end its campaign of personal attacks. They ran a full-page ad to this effect in Wednesday’s print editions of Politico and the Washington Examiner. Leaders of family advocacy groups — including CitizenLink — have signed on.
Tony Perkins, president of FRC, said the only thing his group is guilty of is advancing faith, family and freedom in public discourse.
“We hold to the indisputable fact that the family — a dad, a mom and children — is the best building block of a good society,” he said, “which is why we oppose efforts to transform it based on personal sexual preference.
“This is a deliberately timed smear campaign by the SPLC. The Left is losing the debate over ideas and the direction of public policy, so all that is left for them is character assassination. It’s a sad day in America when we cannot, with integrity, have a legitimate discussion over policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures and the courts without resorting to juvenile tactics of name calling.”
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