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GuideStar Urged by 41 Conservative Leaders to Cease Using SPLC’s Defamatory Labels

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council, along with a coalition of forty-one conservative leaders and organizations, released a letter sent to GuideStar USA “to express our strong disagreement with GuideStar’s newly implemented policy that labels 46 American organizations as ‘hate groups.'” GuideStar bills itself as a neutral organization that seeks to “gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization.”

Recently, GuideStar began using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s defamatory “hate group” label on profiles of 46 non-profit organizations, including FRC’s GuideStar page.

The letter reads, in part:

“The SPLC has no bona fides to make such determinations. It is not a governmental organization using a rigorous criteria to create its lists, and it is not a scientifically oriented organization. The SPLC is merely another ‘progressive’ political organization.

“The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven. The SPLC doesn’t even pretend to identify groups on the political left that engage in ‘hate.’ Mosques or Islamist groups that promote radical speech inciting anti-Semitism and actual violence are not listed by the SPLC even though many have been publicly identified after terrorist attacks. Radical, violent leftist environmentalists or speech suppressing thugs — like the rioting “antifa” movement — receive no mention from the SPLC.

“Can it be of any surprise then that SPLC’s hate map was used by a political activist and domestic terrorist to perpetrate the very sort of hate crimes SPLC claims to oppose? In 2012, a shooter entered the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., to ‘kill as many as possible’ because SPLC had identified FRC as a ‘hate group,’ and the killer-to-be relied on SPLC’s website to identify targets, according to his sworn testimony. The SPLC continues to list on its website people such as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently shot by James T. Hodgkinson who ‘liked’ SPLC’s Facebook page. Does it not concern you that within the past five years, the SPLC has been linked to gunmen who carried out two terrorist shootings in the DC area?

“…We think it is a reasonable point that an aggressive political partisan like the SPLC should not be allowed to be the judge and jury of its opponents’ character and motivations. The fact that the SPLC only targets groups on the political right supports this contention. As Karl Zinsmeister notes, while it is entirely acceptable to disagree vigorously with one’s political opponents, it is ‘utterly unfair to insist they are hate criminals.’ He reproduces a statement made by SPLC’s Mark Potok: ‘Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.'”

To read the full letter, please see: downloads.frc.org/EF/EF17F36.pdf

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Pro-Family Legend Phyllis Schlafly Dies at 92

Phyllis Schlafly, attorney, author, activist credited with everything from defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, to spear heading Bary Goldwater’s nomination for president of the United States has died. She was also the founder and president of Eagle Forum the powerful nationwide pro-family advocacy group.

Ed Martin who worked closely with her first broke the news to Eagle Forum‘s supporters around the country by email, just minutes before the news was released to the media. In the group’s official statement Martin wrote ” Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

An iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family, Phyllis Schlafly, an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer, was 92 years old.  Mrs. Schlafly was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred and is survived by six children along with 16 grand and 3 great grandchildren.

Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life.  She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.  From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.  She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.  She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.

Her joy in life was evident to all through her smile and wit. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Tributes from conservative leaders across the country are already flooding in,

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder of FaithInspires.Org said this hearing of the news, ” I was still a child when Phyllis Schlafly was already known all over the country for defending traditional family values against those of the popular culture. She has helped define the American Pro-Family Movement for almost 7 decades. Even Imagining the Pro-Family Movement without her helping guide it is near impossible. Her contributions have been incalculable. If we find comfort in anything it is that her leadership and wisdom will remain with us for generations. May God’s comfort and strength be the constant companion of her family, and all who knew her as we travel through our grief. ”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement on the passing of Phyllis Schlafly: “Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With the political establishment, the media, and academia all arrayed against her, she organized a grassroots movement that not only stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but became the foundation for the pro-life, pro-family movement we have today.

“I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation.

“Her love for God and this country drove her to fight for the Constitutional principles that founded this nation. We honor Phyllis for the lessons that she taught us all. I’m proud to have stood alongside her for faith, family and freedom,” concluded Perkins.

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump  was quoted by THE Hill newspaper as saying  “Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the ‘kingmakers’ on behalf of America’s workers and families,” Trump said in a statement Monday night.

“I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty. I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever. Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones.”

 

FaithInspires.Org Founder Comments on Egypt Air Flight MS 804 Tragedy

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield founder and editor of FaithInspires.Org releases the following statement on the crash of Egypt Air MS804. “When Egypt Air Flight MS 804 crashed into the Mediterranean, it took with it people from 11 different countries. This is the type of tragedy where the world mourns. But none of us more than the friends and families of those who were lost. On behalf of myself, my family, and our world wide network of donors, readers, and prayer partners at FaithInspires.Org, I want to express our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones to this tragedy.”

Crutchfield continued “ May God comfort and strengthen the families of those lost to this tragedy for as long as their journey through grief may take. May he guide, and encourage the rescue workers, and those investigating this crash. I encourage Christians all over the world to join us in these prayers.”

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield is an internationally known Christian writer, minister, and blogger. He and his work have been seen in/on SelfGrowth.Com, Katy Christian Magazine, ChristianHeadlines. Com, and in the works of best selling author Loree Lough. He holds the honorary rank of Admiral, Texas Navy granted by the Governor of Texas in 1986. He has served with Red Cross Disaster Services, The Military Police Corps-Texas State Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also the former Chaplain of the Katy (Texas) Fire and EMS Department

FaithInspires.Org Founder Reacts to the Death of Nancy Reagan

Pastor Robert A. Crutchfield founder of FaithInspires.Org an internationally known Christian News and Information blog released the following statement on the death of Nancy Reagan, ” First we lost Justice Scalia, now this morning we learned that Nancy Reagan passed away from congestive heart failure. In less than a month Christian Americans, Conservative Americans, and our nation’s cultural heritage lost a huge portion of our hearts. Even many among those who disagreed with her husband’s politics respected Nancy Reagan as a woman of class and dignity. As an actress she gave us many hours of entertainment. As First Lady she made us proud. May God’s comfort and strength be with her family, and many friends as they travel through their grief. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to them all.”