The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is one of the best known and most respected civil rights organizations in the country.

And yesterday they finally stepped up and labeled the gay-bashing homophobes at the Family Research Council as what they are: a hate group.

The FRC, famous for their non-gay but overly effeminate leaders as well as their overtly homophobic teachings (e.g. “What can I do to prevent homosexual activism from being taught in our school?”) quickly responded…

We hold to the indisputable fact that the family – a Dad, a Mom, and children – is the best building block of a good society, which is why we oppose efforts to transform it based on personal sexual preference.

Ah yes! “Personal sexual preference” i.e. homosexuality is a chosen/learned behavior and a ‘personal choice’.

It’s the old “we’re not a hate group… we just hate gay people because they chose to be weird and different and wrong and hated by God” defense.