A prominent evangelist is threatening to sue the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after it labeled his Internet-based ministry a “hate group.”

According to a press release, Bill Keller—deemed “the world’s leading Internet evangelist” and the founder of LivePrayer.com—is planning a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the SPLC.

“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,” Keller is quoted by Think Progress as saying. “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 continued, “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.”

Keller’s nod to the Family Research Council (FRC) is particularly appropriate given that the organization’s similar designation as a “hate group” has been the subject of recent debate, following this week’s shooting of a security guard at the FRC’s Washington, D.C.-based headquarters. {snip}

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