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"Hate" is a Strong Word

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FLEMING. Mr. Speaker, ``hate'' is a strong word that's usually meant to provoke a negative response, which is why it's so troubling when a decades-old, multibillion-dollar activist organization uses its power to smear other organizations with the label ``hate group.'' But that's exactly what the Southern Poverty Law Center does.

On its Web site, you'll find a hate map pinpointing groups like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. The Southern Poverty Law Center does not agree with AFA or FRC on traditional marriage. And that's appropriate; that's their choice; that's their right. But rather than supporting the First Amendment rights of those groups to express their deeply held moral beliefs, SPLC brands them right alongside organizations that promote race-based violence.

Last week, a man was sentenced to 25 years in jail after he found the Family Research Council headquarters on SPLC's hate map and went there with a gun, hoping to kill as many FRC employees as possible.

Words do have consequences. It's time the Southern Poverty Law Center stop using whatever influence it has left to incite hatred towards people of faith.

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