The theme for Illinois Family Institute’s recent fall banquet was boldness, and our theme verse highlights that quality: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
Boldness is exemplified by courage, confident strength, resolute purpose, and wisdom that expresses itself with measured words and actions.
For decades, Christian conservatives have tried the kinder, gentler approach with our adversaries. We’ve desperately tried to find common ground wherever and whenever we could. Yet time after time, especially in Springfield, that approach has failed.
Regressive politicians, activists, and many in the …
There may have been some optimistic naïfs somewhere in America hoping that the bipartisan condemnation of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for a host of ethical ills followed by the “resignations” of Morris Dees, Mark Potok, and Heidi Beirich signaled the start of some major housecleaning—housecleaning that might have turned up some morals that had long been tucked away in its Alabama attic. No such luck.
First, some recent history:
IFI hosted our annual fall banquet on Friday, November 1. This year’s banquet speaker was Franklin Graham. Shortly thereafter, one of the SPLC’s Grand Inquisitors, Brett …
On Friday Oct. 8, IFI received this strangely kind email from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “investigative reporter” Brett Barrouquere (an email similar, I learned, to one sent to Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, but more on that later):
I’m a reporter with The Intelligence Project in Montgomery, Alabama. I hope this finds you well.
Currently, I’m assisting a colleague with a story about Franklin Graham speaking to IFI. Why did IFI choose him as a speaker? What did he tell the group? How was he received during his talk?
Posted in Sexuality
Tagged Brett Barrouquere, Center for Immigration Studies, Franklin Graham, Hate watch, Heidi Beirich, Mark Krikorian, Mark Potok, Michael Edison Hayden, Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stephen Miller
Last month, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee made it clear that it is specifically coming after your Illinois Family Institute. Led by some of the country's most liberal and political activists, members of the Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on "How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate" for the purpose of stripping certain Christian groups of its tax-exempt status.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged American Family Association, Brandon Wolf, Darin LaHood, Equality Florida, Eugene Volokh, First Amendment, Glenn Greenwald, HOW THE TAX CODE SUBSIDIZES HATE, Murtaza Hussain, Obergefelle, SCOTUS, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee
Blockbuster news came out this week revealing that Twitter has cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) because of reports of controversial financial activity, leaders tainted by scandal, and–according to one source–a “toxic” work environment.
The news has rocked an organization whose stated purpose is to combat discrimination, intolerance, and groups that in the view of the SPLC, practice hatred towards others. The organization reports such groups to the FBI and is often cited by the media. Academics and others rely upon SPLC’s listings, which they in turn use to ostracize such groups.
Founded in 1971 and based …
It appears that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is having a long overdue comeuppance.Seven years ago, inspired by SPLC’s “hate map,” a gunman walked into the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, intending to massacre the staff and then stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces.FRC is among many Christian organizations targeted by the SPLC for pro-family stances. During the 1990s, FRC helped draft the Defense of Marriage Act and defended the right of the military and the Boy Scouts to adhere to traditional morality. Over the years, FRC has produced a mountain of meta-research papers that debunk the many…
Posted in Marriage/Family/Culture, Religious Liberty
Tagged 'Hate' Map, Alliance Defending Freedom, AmazonSmile, Boy Scouts, Chick-fil-A, D. James Kennedy Ministries, Family Research Council, Floyd Lee Corkins II, GuideStar USA, Internal Revenue Service, Kristen Waggoner, Ku Klux Klan, Leo Johnson, Liberty Counsel, Morris Dees, Richard Cohen, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Tom Cotton
Illinois is morally, fiscally, and intellectually bankrupt, and you know what some lawmakers in swampy Springfield are doing with their time and taxpayers’ money? They’ve crafted a stunning resolution titled “Illinois Family Action-Hate Speech” (HJR 55) condemning Illinois Family Action (IFA) and Illinois Family Institute (IFI), falsely accusing us of bigotry and engaging in “hate speech” because in two articles we compared the abortion holocaust to the Nazi Holocaust.
Posted in IFI News, Illinois Politics
Tagged abortion holocaust, B'nai B'rith, Christian Bigotry, Daniel Conlon, David Blatt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Family Research Council, Floyd Corkins, hate speech, HJR 55, Joseph A. Morris, Nazi Holocaust, Southern Poverty Law Center, Teri Paulson
There was a time when the “Southern Poverty Law Center” (SPLC) was widely respected for its courageous work. Oppressive hate groups like the KKK had no greater enemy than the SPLC. The SPLC stood for justice, for righteousness, for the rights of the poor and the downtrodden.As expressed
on the SPLC website, “Alabama lawyer and businessman Morris Dees
sympathized with the plight of the poor and the powerless. The son of an Alabama farmer, he had witnessed firsthand the devastating consequences of bigotry and racial injustice. Dees decided to sell his successful book publishing business to start a civil rights…
Chasco Middle School in Port Richey, Florida did what many presumptuous and foolish k-12 schools around the country are doing: The administration unilaterally decided to sexually integrate the boys’ locker room with no notification to either the boys or their parents. The boys, and shortly thereafter their parents, learned about it when an objectively female student who seeks to pass as a boy humiliated them when she entered the boys’ locker room while they were in their underwear. The boys immediately left the locker room and sought help from two P.E. teachers—Robert Oppedisano and Stephanie Christensen—who according to …
The hate business may not be what it used to be – at least on the government level.
The Defense Department has become the latest federal agency to sever ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based, hard-left group whose “hate map” is being used against Christian groups.
Well, bully for the Pentagon for showing that bully to the door.
The DOD’s pullback from the SPLC was reported by the Daily Caller, which said that a Justice Department attorney stated in an email that the DOD “removed any and all references to the SPLC in training materials used …
Posted in Marriage/Family/Culture
Tagged Alliance Defending Freedom, Amazon Smile, American College of Pediatricians, American Family Association, Ben Carson, D. James Kennedy Ministries, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Discover/Diners Club, Facebook, Family Research Council, Floyd Lee Corkins II, Google, GuideStar, Jeff Bezos, Liberty Counsel, Mat Staver, Raymond Jackson, Silicon Valley, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, the Ruth Institute, Tim Cook, Twitter
This is a story that illuminates the critical importance of sound church leadership informed by unequivocal, courageous commitment to biblical truth.
No Protestant denomination will be spared attacks on theological orthodoxy by apostates and heretics who view Scripture as a means to their pernicious ends of normalizing sexual sin. The attacks will come in fits and starts, and the victories for wolves in sheep’s clothing will be incremental. True Christ-followers need to be steeped in Scripture, led by pastors who know and boldly teach truth, discerning, and committed to suffering for Christ and his kingdom.
The recent Evangelical Covenant Church …
Posted in Faith, Sexuality
Tagged David Gushee, Evangelical Covenant Church, Human Rights Campaign, Mark Nilson, Mark Pattie, Mission Friends for Inclusion, North Park Covenant Church, Peter Hawkinson, Rafael Cruz, Salem Covenant Church, Southern Poverty Law Center, Ted Cruz, The Gathering
It’s often difficult to distinguish truth from satire on websites like The Onion and the Babylon Bee, and a few days ago many woke up to this headline:
Southern Poverty Law Center Apologizes for Mislabeling Group as Anti-Muslim Extremists, Agrees to $3.3M Settlement
But it’s a real news story, not a joke. It’s from Accuracy in Media, and here is a short excerpt from its report:
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has a history of flagging its political opponents as “extremists,” apologized to Muslim anti-terrorism group Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz for wrongly naming them in their Field
Posted in Federal, Religious Liberty
Tagged Amazon, Apple, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Twitter, YouTube
Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon reportedly all have working partnerships with the far-left group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is notorious for giving conservative organizations unwarranted “hate group” labels.
Posted in Islam & Sharia, Media Watch
Tagged Alliance Defending Freedom, Allum Bokhari, Amazon, Amazon Smile, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Barack Obama, Daily Caller News Foundation, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Facebook, Family Research Council, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Floyd Lee Corkins, Google, Maajid Nawaz, Newsbusters, Peter Hasson, Ruchika Budhraja, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Tim Cook, Twitter, YouTube
There’s a troubling piece titled “Time for a Compromise on Transgenderism” posted on National Review online and written by purportedly conservative, “gay vegetarian” J. J. McCullough. In condescending language, McCullough argues that it’s time for Americans to hop on the fast train to the Shangri-La of polymorphous perversity. In McCullough’s view, now that Americans have ceased “judging” homosexuality, they should cease “judging” the science-denying “trans” ideology.
He engages in the worst kind of demagoguery in his unholy effort to normalize the “trans” ideology by insulting those who find the ideology destructive and the demands of …
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says its primary mission is to fight hatred, teach tolerance, and seek justice. These are noble goals for most Americans, but this is not a noble organization. It is the exact opposite. Given the SPLC’s power and influence over the media and members of Congress, this once highly-regarded civil rights organization deserves fresh scrutiny. Here are seven reasons why the SPLC fails to serve the public interest:
Posted in Marriage/Family/Culture
Tagged Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Donald Trump, Family Research Council, Floyd Lee Corkins II, George Yanc, Hannah Scherlacher, James T. Hodgkinson, Karl Zinsmeister, Maajid Nawaz, Muslim Brotherhood, Richard Cohen, Southern Poverty Law Center, Steve Scalise