Chad Griffin Op-Ed: ‘Calling Out Hate When We See It’
August 21, 2012 by Carolyn Simon
In an op-ed in this morning’s Washington Post, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin addresses the Southern Poverty Law Center’s use of the word “hate group” to describe the Family Research Council, the recent shooting at the FRC’s headquarters and the subsequent blame that was directed at the SPLC and LGBT organizations.
“It is not unexpected that, when such incidents occur, people want to understand them and question why someone could be so callous with human life,” Griffin wrote. “But the logic that the Southern Poverty Law Center or LGBT organizations are to blame is preposterous, outrageous and irresponsible. No matter one’s political views, we can all agree that acts of violence are never justified and should always be condemned.
“Designating the Family Research Council a hate group has nothing to do with disagreements about marriage equality, nondiscrimination laws or any other policy debate. The real issue is the Family Research Council’s well-documented and continuous pattern of hateful rhetoric.”
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