Tom Brown Ministries, Not a Hate Group
The once venerable organization, The
Southern Poverty Law Center, has lost its way. In the past it shamed
racist organizations, like the Klu KIux Klan, and sued many for damages
in behalf of blacks. Their work in the past is commendable. Now since
race issues are not front and center as it once was, they have looked
for a new hot-button issue. They found it. They have a new focus, not on
race issues, but on homosexual issues.
They see the gay rights movement as the
new civil rights movement of their day. And to hop on this issue is a
good fund raising tool as well. They have assumed the mantle for
fighting for gay rights, but instead of adjusting the tactics,
recognizing the obvious that Christians ministries are far from being
hate groups, they have continued using the same tactics and labeling
against Christian ministries that they used against the Klu Klux Klans.
Tom Brown Ministries is one of those ministries attacked by SPLC. They
have false-labeled our interracial, women empowering ministry, as a hate
group. The FBI now recognizes the unreliability of SPLC to correctly
label hate groups. (Click
here to read how the FBI dumped it as a hate crime source)
First of all the word "hate" is a
strong word. Hate is the heart-felt, intense and passionate dislike
toward someone. The SPLC labeling of Christian ministries as hate is
simply wrong. How do they know the motive of ministries like myself that
are trying to bring salvation to all people, including homosexuals? As
Saint Paul write, "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man
except the man's spirit within him?" (1 Cor 2:11). The SPLC cannot
judge people's motives. I can say with a clear conscience that our
motive for calling all people to repentance and faith in the gospel is
because of our intense love for all people. We do not want to see anyone
lost in their sins. We want all people to be saved.
This is the reason we have done so much
to reach out to the gay community to bring God's love to them, but
salvation cannot come to them if they refuse to repent of their sins.
This is the same message to adulterers, fornicators, thieves, liars, or
anyone else living a life of sin. I have never singled out homosexuals
as the main group that needs to repent, but have called all people to
Christ for a changed life. Actually I spend far less time dealing with
homosexuality than I do with other sexual sins, because there are fewer
homosexuals than adulterers and fornicators.
Also, we try to call everyone to Christ
with a humble heart, knowing we are frail and sinful without God's grace
in our lives. The message of the gospel is that "all have sinned and
fallen short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). The "all"
includes me too. I need salvation too. None of us are without sin.
When the SPLC meanly put us on the hate
list, David Crowder, of El Paso Inc. investigated how they came to their
conclusion. He uncovered a terrible secret: that there was no serious
inquiring into our ministry, but someone laid one of my articles on the
desk of Heidi Beirich, who, without contacting me or discussing it with
their group, made the unilateral decision to put our ministry on the
hate list. (Click
here to read David Crowder's story.)
Mr Crowder read the supposed hate
article, and pointed out in his article that I never used the word
"hate". He then counted how often the word "love" is used and he wrote,
"The piece Beirich cited does not use the word “hate” or 'hatred,' but
the word 'love' appears 33 times." So my one article that supposedly
preaches hate speaks of love 33 times! And it is this article, alone,
they claimed that put me on the hate list. (Click
here to read my article yourself and make your own determination.
Even if you disagree with my article, is it really a hate speech and
does our ministry deserve to be labeled a hate group simply because of
Let's tell the truth about why they
labeled our ministry a hate group. It was not my article, it was not
even my belief that homosexuality is sinful and that God can change
them, because nearly every ministry in my city believes the same thing.
I was singled out because I was the most prominent leader that
successfully passed the traditional family value ordinance that ended
special health benefits to homosexuals. If I had not been on the front
lines of this issue, SPLC would have left me alone. They picked on me to
intimidate me and others from ever getting involved socially and
politically on the issue of homosexuality.
Labeling is Wrong
Name calling is so childish. Name
calling is plain wrong. It is debate tactic used to discount opponents.
If the SPLC can convince others that a ministry is a hate group, then
they can cause the public to ignore their arguments and message.
Why not SPLC simply disagree with my
point of view and then explain why I am wrong in their opinion. I love a
good debate. But when someone begins name calling, it shows their
arguments are weak. When someone enters a debate, and they are losing,
they generally start attacking the person, instead of answering their
arguments. This is what SPLC is doing with me. Their arguments are weak
and so they have countered by name calling--"Tom Brown Ministries is a
You see, I know their view is wrong.
Homosexuality is sinful. Same-sex marriage is against the Bible, nature
and tradition. It does not and will not work to make society better. It
is a wrong approach to fixing and strengthening marriage in our country.
This is my view!
Now if the SPLC disagrees, fine! that's
their prerogative. It's a free country. People are allowed to share
their views. But by SPLC labeling TBM as a hate group they are in fact
involved in the very tactics that promote hatred.
Here's proof: a gunman pleaded guilty
to shooting a security guard last year at the Washington, D.C.,
headquarters of the Family Research Council. The gunman said he attacked
the facility as a result of the Southern Poverty Law Center listing FRC
as a hate group. Do you see what is happening? The SPLC is, in my
opinion, inciting hate, rather than dispelling it. The "hate map" that
SPLC puts on their site is starting to resemble a "hit map" for mentally
unstable people that are looking to justify killings. SPLC should stop
The SPLC, in my view, has turned into a
radical-left, Christian-attack propaganda machine. This is not just my
view. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel warns,
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has a long history of maliciously
slandering pro-family groups with language and labels that incite hatred
and undermine civil discourse."
The SPLC came to El Paso to supposedly
enter a "civil discourse," but how can an organization enter a civil
discourse when they label Christian organizations as "hate groups" that
disagree with their view. The label itself contradicts the claim for
What is needed in our world is respect
for differing opinions. We need to learn to disagree without becoming
disagreeable. I totally disagree with the SPLC's view on homosexuality
and gay marriage, but I am trying my best to respect their views.
However, are they giving our ministry the same courtesy? I do not think
I also want to say that every human
being, homosexuals included, must be shown love and respect. No one has
a right to hurt another human being. It has been my experience that the
vast numbers of people struggling with same-sex attraction are simply
hurting and, often confused, individuals that need love and respect and
mostly the Love of Christ. Sure, there are some gays, who are activists
that are mean, but they are few in number. Most have a open heart to the
gospel of Jesus Christ. It is to those that I offer God's love and the
salvation that comes through the cross of Jesus.
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