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It's Time to End Those Phony "Hate Group" Labels

Recorded on August 17, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

The label "hate group" is being hurled against those who support traditional values, like keeping marriage only between a man and a woman.

Those reckless labels can be dangerous. This week an armed man--who volunteers on behalf of same-sex rights--brought a gun, 50 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-a sandwiches to the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC). He was foiled by the building manager, who got shot in the arm.

News stories had linked FRC with the traditional values of Chick-fil-a's owner. Those stories often noted that FRC had been labeled--falsely, by the way--as a hate group. That came from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has named over 1,000 organizations as hate groups.

That incites violence against groups like FRC. It's time to stop this labeling, lest the next time somebody actually gets killed.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.