Recently, a leftist group called the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) added Dr. Ben Carson to its watch list of so-called “extremists.” Why would SPLC put the esteemed former neurosurgeon on a list alongside Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis? If Dr. Carson could be labeled extreme for anything, it should be his extreme success. Born into poverty, he rose to become one of the foremost neurosurgeons in the world. When he wasn’t separating conjoined twins, he was authoring books and becoming a leading cultural and political commentator.
The SPLC originally claimed their mission was to help people overcome poverty. Now they target an overcomer of poverty like Ben Carson because of his religious beliefs on marriage? The SPLC ignores poll after poll (not to mention the entire record of human history) which shows believing in natural marriage is neither rare nor extreme. By labeling him an “extremist,” SPLC is seeking to marginalize and silence Dr. Carson and anyone else rising into the national spotlight.
We at FRC have felt the results of such hateful labeling in a very real way, when a now-convicted domestic terrorist entered our Washington, D.C. headquarters in 2012 and shot our building manager, Leo Johnson, who then heroically disarmed him. In a chilling FBI interrogation video, the shooter admitted that he picked his targets from a map on the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) website. Since then, the FBI has removed links to the SPLC from its ‘hate crimes resources’ page and the U.S. Army has distanced themselves from SPLC’s materials.
The SPLC’s labeling is dangerous, and foments the very hate they once claimed to be against. Ben Carson’s views on marriage are far from extreme. Now, he needs those who share his views on marriage to stand with him. Will you join me in signing our petition to stand with Dr. Carson for natural marriage and against the SPLC’s dangerous agenda-driven labeling?