I knew the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was left wing, but I didn’t know how far left. With such a noble sounding name – its words ringing with goodness: Southern, that’s wholesome and down home. Coupled with Poverty, it becomes Southern Poverty. That’s noble. They try to overcome poverty in the south. Law Center: What can be more upstanding than a “law center.” Drum roll introducing lawyer jokes. Well, the first two words are warm and fuzzy.
Beware of a name.
What does the Southern Poverty Law Center do? Under its “What We Do” heading, they have these titles, with my subtitle in parentheses:
- Children at Risk (criminal justice system is too tough on delinquents)
- Hate and Extremism (any group or individual they disagree with)
- Immigrant Justice (open the borders and let the taxpayers pay)
- LGBT Rights (2000 years of Christian morality is “hate.”)
- Teaching Tolerance (anything goes except what they disagree with)
Let’s just say that the overarching philosophy of the SPLC is just like other left wing groups: Permissive and tolerant toward what it agrees with and hateful and intolerant of things it does not agree with.
Just as the ACLU occasionally but rarely defends conservative principles, the SPLC lists several categories of legitimate hate groups such as white and black supremacist groups. But the great majority of listings of hate groups or persons include those in the following categories:
- Those legitimately expressing facts about Islam and the threat it poses
- Those who uphold Biblical principles of morality, especially those dealing with homosexual behavior.
- Those who are opposed to being overrun by illegals.
- Those who are more patriotic than they are.
Here are several examples of organizations the SPLC cites as “Hate Groups” as listed on their web site:
Ideology: Christian Identity
America's Promise Ministry is both a Christian Identity church and a major publisher and distributor of right-wing extremist tracts.
American Border Patrol/American Patrol is one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around. On the American Patrol website and in self-produced videos, the group rails against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of bringing to the U.S. crime, drugs and squalor and of practicing “immigration via the birth canal.”
The American Family Association (AFA) says it promotes "traditional moral values" in media. A large part of that work involves "combating the homosexual agenda" through various means, including publicizing companies that have pro-gay policies and organizing boycotts against them.
Claiming an unlikely 26,000 members, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) is headed by Barbara Coe, an angry woman who consistently refers to Mexican immigrants as "savages." CCIR publishes a newsletter, produces DVDs, and links to many other anti-immigrant hate groups.
The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a group with one mission: to severely limit immigration into the United States. Although FAIR maintains a veneer of legitimacy that has allowed its principals to testify in Congress and lobby the federal government, this veneer hides much ugliness.
Ideology: Patriot Movement
WorldNetDaily is an online publication founded and run by Joseph Farah that claims to pursue truth, justice and liberty. But in fact, its pages are devoted to manipulative fear-mongering and outright fabrications designed to further the paranoid, gay-hating, conspiratorial and apocalyptic visions of Farah and his hand-picked contributors from the fringes of the far-right and fundamentalist worlds.
The SPLC is quick to label as a “hate group” and slander any group that does not fit its leftist, socialist, anti-Christian, and anti-patriotism agenda. In fact, under its listing of Florida hate groups, it lists a ministry of Fort Lauderdale’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church as a hate group because it promotes Biblical values – or from SPLC’s perspective, is anti-gay. “Truth in Action Ministries” has since changed its name to D. James Kennedy Ministries.
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists what it calls Anti-Muslim Hate Groups. All of the listed groups provide facts about Islam that are ignored by our government and most media but are slandered in SPLC’s depiction.
Here are listed profiles of individuals who the SPLC believes are haters because of the information they provide about Islam:
- Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.)
- Frank Gaffney Jr.
- Pamela Geller
- Robert Spencer
- David Yerushalmi
Even the mild-mannered Dr. Ben Carson made the SPLC’s “hater” list – but pressure forced the leftist amoral SPLC to recant.
Click on any of these names to see what SPLC has to say about them.
I feel slighted. They left me off their list. I’ll have to work on that.
This is the politics of slander. Slander whichever individuals or groups that do not represent your point of view with words like “bigot”, “Islamophobe”, “homophobe”, “hate group”, or “patriot group.” The winning entry of the slander name game is “Christian Identity”. Those who overtly practice their Christianity will be slandered with the hate group name of “Christian Identity.”
And this is just the beginning.
Bottom line: The Southern Poverty Law Center is itself a hate group and an awesome fund raising machine.