Joining the chorus of anti-gay conservatives blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” labels for Wednesday’s tragic shooting at the Family Research Council, internet evangelist Bill Keller has threatened to sue the SPLC for $100 million if it does not take him and his ministry LivePrayer.com off its “hate group” list:
KELLER: The sad shooting the other day at the Family Research Council by a man who supports the radical homosexual agenda, was clearly fueled by the left wing group, the Southern Poverty Law Center. I receive at least 4–5 death threats a month for taking a Biblical stand on issues like homosexuality, the false religion of Islam and other cults, and the fact life begins at conception and choosing to end that life is nothing more than legalized infanticide.
Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center give license to individuals who oppose a Biblical worldview to take whatever actions they deem fit, even acts of violence, to silence those they disagree with. Sadly, this intimidation has worked, because there are very few like myself who are willing to go into the mainstream media and promote Biblical Truth that a large percentage of society now rejects.
In the year 2012, if you take a Biblical stand, the media and groups like the SPLC identify you as a ‘hate group.’ Because the anti-God secular media gives a platform to radical organizations like the SPLC, it opens the door for people who reject Biblical Truth to commit acts of violence against those individuals and organizations who have been demonized by them.
Like all others before him this week, Keller’s claims are a bogus strawman, focusing only on the label of “hate group” instead of the valid need for such a label. The SPLC classifies Keller under its “General Hate” category for the dangerous positions he takes on various issues. Last October, he blamed the LGBT community for the suicide of Canadian gay teenager Jamie Hubley, calling openly gay people “brainwashed” and claiming it is those who “glorify this deviant, unnatural, and unhealthy choice of sexual activity, who are most responsible for Hubley’s death.” He went on to describe homosexuality as “a bondage like alcohol, drugs, gambling, or anything else people get addicted to.” His latest campaign is encouraging people to “Write in the Name of Jesus for President,” because Barack Obama is “the most pro-death President in history” and “an enemy of God and a true tool of satan.”
Should Keller follow through on his outlandish threat to sue, his complaint will likely be dismissed as a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP). The SPLC uses direct quotes to inform its designations, so any allegation of defamation would be without foundation.