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Hate group watchdog adds Family Research Council to its list


WASHINGTON (RNS) The Southern Poverty Law Center is adding the Family Research Council and four other conservative religious organizations to its list of hate groups because of “falsehoods” in their anti-gay statements.

Mark Potok, director of the center’s Intelligence Project, said in a Nov. 29 interview that the groups were not chosen because of their beliefs that homosexual activity is sinful, saying instead the listings were “based on the propagation of known falsehoods and demonizing propaganda.”

The Alabama-based center, known for its monitoring of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups, published a Nov. 22 report calling gays the “minority most targeted by hate crimes” and citing “the hard core of the anti-gay religious right” for their depictions of homosexuals as a global threat.

When the center’s new list of hate groups is published next February, FRC will be included for the first time. Other new additions will be the American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss.; Americans for Truth about Homosexuality in Naperville, Ill.; Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla.; and the Illinois Family Institute in Carol Stream, Ill.