We recently reported that GuideStar, an organization that evaluates and rates the integrity of U.S. nonprofits, had decided to team with the Southern Poverty Law Center to flag organizations the center deemed hate groups.
On June 21, FRC and 40 other conservative organizations and individuals sent a letter to Jacob Harold, the CEO of GuideStar, asking that it stop the “hate group” flagging.
This week, GuideStar removed the SPLC “hate group” label from a total of 46 nonprofits. While Harold acknowledged that both supporters and critics of the initial decision had noted legitimate disagreement on how the information was presented, he also inferred that the decision was partially based on “harassment and threats” to its staff.
Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, quickly responded to the GuideStar staff situation:“We at FRC know directly what it is like to be on the receiving end of threats and life-threatening violence, so we do not take such matters lightly. We note that our interactions with the GuideStar staff have been cordial—even though we disagreed with its new policy.”
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