The SPLC now includes in it's “Hate Watch” files, Christian groups such as the Family Research Council, the Traditional Values Coalition, the Liberty Counsel (While not necessarily a “Christian” organization, the Liberty Counsel does support and defend Christians and Judeo-Christian values), Truth In Action Ministries (D. James Kennedy Ministries), American Vision – A Biblical Worldview Ministry, Probe Ministries, David Lane – The American Renewal Project and others. The SPLC includes them right along with groups such as those mentioned above as well as the Westboro Baptist Church cult.
Not only does this illustrate the SPLC's complete lack of knowledge or understanding of the definition of Christianity, but also by grouping sound Bible based Christians along with Neo-Nazi's, the Klan, and other hate groups, leads some unbelievers to treat Christians with disdain, disgust, and often open hate such as with the August 2012 domestic terrorism attack on the Family Research Council's Washington, D.C. headquarters by homosexual activist Floyd Corkins. When questioned by the FBI, Corkins stated that he used the SPLC's website to decide who his victims would be. Because the SPLC has listed the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group, Corkins entered the FRC headquarters armed with a firearm and more than 90 rounds of ammunition and began shooting at people indiscriminately. He wounded a security guard who was able to subdue him before he killed more people.
In spite of this tragedy, the SPLC has neither apologized for their role in the attack, nor have they apologized to the FRC or the man who was shot during the attack. The SPLC has also failed to take any steps to discourage others from using the information on their website to target any group, and in spite of the fact that Floyd Corkins admitted targeting the FRC for his act of domestic terrorism specifically because the SPLC listed them on their website as a hate group, the SPLC has publicly stated, “our hate map doesn’t cause anybody to attack.”
Southern Poverty Law Center “Anti-Gay Intelligence Files”
Southern Poverty Law Center “Intelligence File” on the Family Research Council
SPLC "One Year Anniversary Gift" - no apologies for hate map that recklessly endangers pro-family groups
Southern Poverty Law Center: ‘Our Hate Map Doesn’t Cause Anybody to Attack’
Floyd Lee Corkins pleads guilty in Family Research Council shooting