WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, citing the release this week of an FBI interrogation video, demanded that the Southern Poverty Law Center stop falsely labeling pro-family Christian ministries as "hate groups."
Floyd Lee Corkins II plead guilty to shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council and to charges of domestic terrorism. On a video released this week, Corkins admits to FBI agents that he targeted FRC after seeing it listed as an anti-gay hate group on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.
Bauer, president of American Values, served as president of Family Research Council for more than 10 years. He called the Southern Poverty Law Center's decision to target faith-based ministries that support Biblical values "an offensive and dangerous act, now conclusively linked to domestic terrorism."
"It is ironic that a group that claims the civil rights mantle is so aggressively targeting pro-family, Christian organizations. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a minister," Bauer observed. "Dr. King argued for equality in society based on the biblical understanding of the value of all life."
Bauer continued, "A domestic terrorist shot a security guard during his attempt to kill men and women at the Family Research Council because of the Southern Poverty Law Center's offensive and defamatory mischaracterization of its work. That is evidence of the dangerous level of hate created by the left's growing intolerance for traditional values. The SPLC's credibility should also be on trial as its virtual 'hit list' has led to precisely the kind of intolerance and violence it is supposed to be against."
The FBI video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgjI3wavx-I&feature=player_embedded
SOURCE American Values