I suppose FRC should be flattered that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) thinks we're such a threat to their radical agenda. Since last month, when the group slapped FRC with a "hate" label for supporting man-woman marriage, SPLC has grown more and more defensive. Maybe that's because prominent people, including Mike Huckabee, think the name-calling shows how desperate the Left really is.
"[FRC opposes same-sex 'marriage'], he told the News Herald. "So does 60 percent of America. Does that mean that that 60 percent of America is a hate group?" Yesterday, to try and legitimize their smear campaign, SPLC held an audio webcast focused almost entirely on FRC. Among other things, they backpedaled from the notion that FRC belongs in the same category as the KKK, agreeing that we are "the most mainstream of the organizations" SPLC has ever criticized.
Richard Cohen, SPLC's President, revealed what this whole attack on FRC was really about. "We don't believe that some of these people should be put on national TV." According to Cohen, FRC's position on marriage should disqualify us from any media appearances. (Is it really our position on marriage or that the facts are just not on their side?) Even Tom Brokaw, who is unapologetically liberal, told a gay newspaper this week, "I don't think you can shut down free speech." Asked how to deal with pro-family groups, Brokaw said, "We're a free speech society. They're entitled to their positions.... How do you begin to censor things?"
Easy, says SPLC. Start "inoculat[ing] the public against FRC's propaganda." In other words, do everything possible to keep the public from hearing FRC's rational arguments. But as I told the Los Angeles Times, silence is not now, and never will be, an option. Until then, if SPLC ever scrapes together enough courage to face these issues head on, tell them to give us a call. We'll run to--not from--the debate.