The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is all about hate. The pro- big government organization provided an extremist defense of Planned Parenthood and they further gave a savage denunciation of the authenticity of the CMP videos. It is the latest example of the organization’s expanding definition of “fighting hate.”
The liberal agenda of SPLC recently added pro-life activists to its expanding list of targets, smearing the citizen journalists who are exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts as “extremists.”
In June, the organization issued what critics charge was a hit list of women in the American media who oppose Islamic Jihad and Shariah Law. The list included Laura Ingraham, Diana West, Pamela Geller and Ann Coulter.
It placed Dr. Ben Carson on its “extremist watch list,” but after being intensely mocked, the SPLC removed Carson from the list and issued a backhanded apology that contained further criticism of Carson’s supposedly “extreme” statements. The civil rights organization had lumped Carson in with the likes of KKK members on its “extremist watch list.”
Carson’s sin, according to the SPLC, were statements he made in public venues such as, “Marriage is between a man and a woman; It’s a well-established pillar of society.”
SPLC launched a program ironically called “Erasing Hate,” designed to identify all state-sponsored statues, holidays and even street names linked to the Confederacy. SPLC founder Morris Dees declared in a video such memorials are “symbols of hate” and says “that in the year 2015 and forward, we just don’t need to be a part of our public.”
SPLC’s link to terror came in the court case after the Aug. 15, 2012, shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at FRC’s headquarters but was disarmed before anyone was killed. The homosexual activist later told FBI investigators he targeted FRC because the Southern Poverty Law Center had listed it as an “anti-gay” group. He confessed to wanting to “kill as many people as I could.”
Hate messages have been extremely lucrative for the SPLC and its top officers. According to Charity Navigator, the group raises over $40 million in cash a year and has net assets in excess of $290 million and its top officials take home more than $300,000 per year, with Senior Fellow and hate editor-in-chief Mark Potok reportedly earning more than $130,000 a year.
Writing at the Harper’s Magazine blog in 2007, Ken Silverstein said, “What [the SPLC] does best… is to raise obscene amounts of money by hyping fears about the power of right-wing groups; hence the SPLC has become the nation’s richest ‘civil rights’ organization.”
Why is fighting for the freedom of speech and the equality of rights of all people now classified as “hate?” An uncritical, uninformed public takes for granted that the SPLC is some kind of neutral observer, when actually it is a far-Left attack group thug, using its “hate group” classifications to stigmatize and demonize foes of its Liberal political agenda. It classifies no Islamic jihad groups as “hate groups,” and has now dropped the racist, violent and paranoid Nation of Islam from its hate group list.
The cynicism and irresponsibility of this is obvious. Not that any mainstream media reporter will ever attempt to report on it.