A US anti-gay internet evangelist is planning to sue civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for describing him as a ‘hate group leader’.
Bill Keller is suing the SPLC for $100million (£63.72m, â‚¬81.16m) if it does not take him and his ministry LivePrayer.com off its ‘hate group’ list.
The evangelist also agreed with the Family Rights Council who blamed the civil rights group for the shooting of a security guard at FRC headquarters this week.
Keller is quoted by ThinkProgress as saying: ‘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.’
He added: ‘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.’
Both LivePrayer.com and Family Research Council have been designated as hate groups by the SPLC, groups that are defined as having ‘beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire group of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.’
More than 40 LGBT organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Family Equality Council, released a joint statement condemning the shooting on Thursday (16 August).