March 17, 2017
If the Left is worried about FRC's influence, we must be doing something right! In a pathetic attempt to hang on to some scrap of respectability, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is taking aim at ours. As part of a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) campaign, the activists at an organization that inspired the first act of domestic terrorism in D.C. are demanding to know how much the Trump administration consulted us before overturning Obama's school bathroom and shower mandate.
It's in the public's interest, SPLC argues, "to know if extremists influenced the administration's decision to withdraw guidance advising schools to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity." "The lives of real people are affected every day by decisions made by the president and his inner circle," said David Dinielli, SPLC deputy legal director. "The American people have a right to know who is helping to craft policy coming out of the White House -- especially if people or organizations with extreme views have a seat at the table."
Since when did a policy with 66 percent support become an "extreme view?" If anyone's outside the mainstream on this debate, it's SPLC and their friends! They're losing everywhere from the White House to your house, and they're resorting to every possible distraction from the real issue. As usual, they also implicated former FRCers, like Ken Klukowski, and current staff, like Ken Blackwell. His response?
"The SPLC website has been delinked as a reference to the Justice Department and the organization has been identified as a nurturer of a domestic terrorist. It is involved in an improper and shameful FOIA fishing expedition against President Donald J. Trump's administration. Their goal? To intimidate defenders of constitutionally protected religious liberty. They have also taken direct aim at Family Research Council and myself as a former leader of Trump's domestic transition team. The SPLC will fail."
On the bright side, SPLC will probably be waiting awhile for the government to respond. If Obama's track record on FOIA requests was any indication, they might hear back by 2022.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.