MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Christian Examiner) -- The uber-wealthy Southern Poverty Law Center has developed an "extremist file" on world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson, grouping the black conservative -- and possible presidential candidate -- with Ku Klux Klan leaders, white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
SPLC labels him "anti-LGBT" for his biblical beliefs about marriage -- that the social and spiritual institution is limited to one man and one woman.
In particular, the liberal advocacy group took issue with his 2013 comment to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity that marriage between a man and a woman is a "well-established pillar of society."
He insisted that "no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality," has a right to change the definition to fit their specific circumstances.
Carson joins such noted evangelicals as Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, USA, Retired; and Tony Perkins, both of the Family Research Council; and Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute, in the SPLC's dossiers of "anti-LGBT" threats.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit that has built a strong financial position by attracting donors who relate to its issue advocacy. It lists endowment funds of about $303 million, which include nearly $21 million in investment returns and $1.35 million in contributions for 2014.