June 26, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This morning GuideStar USA removed the website banners on Christian organizations that it had deemed "hate groups." Last week, Family Research Council, along with a coalition of forty-one conservative leaders and organizations, released a letter sent to GuideStar USA expressing disagreement with its use of the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center's defamatory "hate group" labels.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, and Family Research Council's executive vice president released the following statement:
"We are generally encouraged by GuideStar's decision to remove the labeling of non-profit webpages like ours based on characterizations made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a bitterly partisan political organization that has been linked in federal court to a domestic terrorist shooting. The SPLC continues to list on its website people such as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently shot by James Hodgkinson who 'liked' SPLC's Facebook page.
"GuideStar correctly decided to end its reliance on the SPLC, a decision that is in line with organizations like the FBI and the U.S. Army under Secretary McHugh.
"We must add that FRC is greatly dismayed that GuideStar and its staff have received verbal attacks and threats since news broke that a number of mainstream conservative organizations had been tagged by GuideStar with the SPLC's 'hate' label.
"We encourage GuideStar to report these threats to the authorities. We at FRC know directly what it is like to be on the receiving end of threats and life-threatening violence, so we do not take such matters lightly. We note that our interactions with the GuideStar staff have been cordial -- even though we disagreed with its new policy.
"Over many years we have come to know our constituents very well and have no doubt that they, as followers of the Lord Jesus, share our condemnation of threats and violence. This goes to our larger point about the SPLC. It is the SPLC that creates a toxic environment of hostility and animus toward those they seek to silence," concluded Boykin.