The Family Research Council is a Hate Group

The FRC Tries to Shed the label of “hate group”

I am sure that you are all aware of the shooting that occurred in Washington at the headquarters of the Family Research Council.  It seems that the shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, was a gay rights activist, though his motivation for the shooting has not been made official.  In light of this tragedy, here is what the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had to say:

“Let me be clear that Floyd Corkins was responsible for firing the shots yesterday that wounded one of our colleagues … but Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations ‘hate groups’ because they disagree with them on public policy.” (

This is a political charged and incoherent statement.  The SPLC bears zero responsibility for this shooting.  Corkins was not “given a license to shoot” anyone.  The fact that the SPLC has refered to the FRC as a hate group has nothing to do with this shooting.  Corkins is clearly someone who is a bit unbalanced—how else can we explain walking into a building and shooting someone?  Rational and otherwise mentally stable people do not act in the way Corkins selected for any reason.  Also, we see that Perkins is a liar.  He writes that Corkin was responsible for the shooting, yet in the same sentence, tries to hold the SPLC accountable.

Second, FRC was not designated as a hate group because the SPLC “disagrees with them on public policy”.  They earned the title of “hate group” because they are a “hate group”—sometimes the truth hurts.  The SPLC has documented numerous occasions where the FRC purposefully spread lies about homosexuality.  These lies were meant to further the end of bigotry towards homosexuals.  Here are some examples:

“Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.”
— Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999


“[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.”
— Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999


“One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.”

-1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.


“[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.”
— Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002


“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
— FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010

Quotes copied from by David Badash (the rest of his article is great as well and worth a read)

What loathsome and utterly false things to say.  The FRC has every legal right to oppose gay marriage, they have every legal right to support “traditional marriage”, they also have every legal right to say whatever they want to say.  However, and this is the key, the SPLC did NOT label them as a hate group because they oppose same-sex marriage.  They labeled them a hate group because of the lies they tell that are designed to create discrimination against a particular group of people.

The SPLC has every right to label the FRC a hate group.  It is a title that the FRC has earned.  Here is another quote from the SPLC directly:

“To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”

Or how about this quote from FRC official Peter Spriggs:

“[he]  has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.”

That doesn’t sound like hate speech to you?  It certainly does to me.  It is no secret that the FRC is a powerful player of the Christian Right.  Their ends may be political, but their motivation is biblical.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  Religiously motivated bigotry is still bigotry.  Religiously motivated hate is still hate.  Religion is not a free pass to believe whatever you want to believe without criticism or repercussions.

Tony Perkins has stated that “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.” No Mr. Perkins, what is happening is that you and your group is being held accountable for your “reckless [and hateful] use of terminology.  If you do not want to be considered a bigoted hate group, then don’t be one.

The FRC is a hateful, bigoted, and dishonest organization.  It deserves ALL of the negative press that it receives.  What it does  NOT deserve is violence perpetrated against it.  What Corkins did was wrong on every level.  However, his actions do not excuse the actions, comments, and propaganda that the FRC puts out on a daily basis.

Thanks for Reading.  I look forward to your comments.


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9 thoughts on “The Family Research Council is a Hate Group

  1. Cephus from Redlands, CA, United States

    Personally, I'm opposed to the terminology "hate groups" and "hate crimes". Clearly, these groups are assholes and we don't really need anyone running around putting them on a scale of 1 to idiot. Secondly, we already have laws on the books for these crimes, sticking the word "hate" on them doesn't change the fact that they're already illegal. All it really does is make them thought crimes as well as criminal activities. It doesn't matter to me why someone shoots me in the head, I'm dead just the same. I only care that I'm dead, theoretically anyhow.

    1. reasonbeing from Rochester, MN, United States Post author

      I think the use of a term like "hate group" can be important. Many people will hear people from those groups or read what they write and believe the stuff they say. The designation of "hate group" is to show that make stuff up with the goal of discriminating against a specific group of people. The more people realize that, the less influence these groups will have. That said, you wrote, "a scale of 1 to idiot"…please don't DMCA me, but I am going to use that at some point in the future—its hilarious.

      1. Cephus from Redlands, CA, United States

        It's all yours. :)

        Besides, these terms only really work if everyone can agree on what they mean and it's clear that they can't. What's to stop some fundamentalist Christian group from defining a LGBT group as a "hate group" against Christians? Don't say it won't happen, I've seen it. In fact, I've seen Catholics referring to police as a "hate group" because they prosecute Catholic priests who molest altarboys.

        It's pretty obvious which groups hate others and which ones are just delusional.

        1. reasonbeing from Rochester, MN, United States Post author

          I understand your concern over the definition of a "hate group". In this case, I think the SPLC did a admirable job of explaining why the FRC earned the title. When you mention Christians and Catholics referring to certain LGBT groups and the Police as "hate groups" do you think that is a fringe and random thing or do you think it happens often? What I am trying to say is that if the term is rarely misused or abused, then I am okay with it. If we develop a culture where every time someone disagreed with another groups stance the term "hate group" gets put into play, then I would share your concern.

  2. James M. Martin from San Marcos, TX, United States

    Gay marriage will be a hot social topic until we allow whippets to marry whippets. Mr. Perkins is simply on the wrong side of history (and I DO mean "his-"). Women are not help mates anymore, unless it is in the sense that, if married, most of them must work as well, although home-schooling almost presumes "family values," by which the homophobic rantings that arch misogynist and internalized homophobe, Saul-Paul the Tarsan serve Biblical basis for treating lgbt people as abominations that must be stoned. (Depending on how you define that last word, I might volunteer.) Perkins is so bored in his little nuclear unit, and so obsessed with what he's missing, he's made a career of hate, self-loathing directed, Kraft-Ebbing like, toward others. Make no mistake, Freud may have screwed up his Oedipal theory due to basing it on the wrong subjects, but the Viennese mind-fucker knew what he was walking about when he formulated the theory of "projection." Perkins is just as toxic in his way as the Rev. Phred Phelps of the picket gospel bringing Westboro Baptist Church. (The latter should excommunicate him but won't, thereby adding their own name to hate groups in America. Silence is death.)

    1. reasonbeing from Rochester, MN, United States Post author

      Well said James…this topic is going to remain "hot" for a while. It is for that reason that I feel groups like the FRC, NOM, etc deserve the label of "hate" group. They are not just anti-same sex marriage, they are anti-homosexual. They want to "fix" homosexuals i.e.–"pray away the gay". As some have pointed out, they have every right to free speech, allowing them so spout out whatever nonsense they want. However, they cannot then complain when others use that same freedom to call their beliefs "hateful" and "bigoted".

  3. Annc from Mariposa, CA, United States

    In regard to reasonbeing's comment: "…don't DMCA me…" Please, what do these initials refer to?


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