Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hate groups

A group of black pastors is protesting at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama because they object to the Center's rightful designation of certain Christian organizations as hate groups. The protest is led by Peter LaBarbera of hate group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, whose organization is one of several that have been designated a hate group by the SPLC. One of the demonstrators is Dr. Patrick Wooden, senior pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"And we're here as African-Americans, as black preachers," he says. "I have ministers with me from Delaware, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We don't want this group of people to now say to African-Americans Well, it's like being black -- and we stand idly by and African-Americans not hear from the ministers who have a different point of view," says the pastor.

Wooden believes the SPLC's labeling of groups like his own that oppose gay rights as hate groups is seriously damaging the SPLC's credibility. I'm sure he does, but that doesn't make him any less of a hater.

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