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Exposing the Southern Poverty Law Center's phony "hate group" scam -- a tactic to intimidate and demonize conservatives across America
Wide range of groups, individuals, movements -- including MassResistance
POSTED: July 23, 2010 UPDATED Oct 1, 2010
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far-left group located in Alabama, has been spending millions of dollars to demonize conservatives across the country as "haters", "extremists", or otherwise dangerous to America.
A cross-section of conservative and religious Americans
SPLC's lists individuals such as Fox News commentators Glenn Beck and Judge Andrew Napolitano; US Representatives Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann; journalists such as WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah and Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid; activists such as Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, attorney Orly Taitz, and many others including MassResistance.
In particular, the Tea Party movement has earned SPLC's strong wrath, which they attempt to portray as a possible terrorist threat.
SPLC also targets conservative and religious groups across America, including pro-family groups, Christian groups, anti-illegal immigration groups, and pro-life groups. The most prominent anti-illegal immigration group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is on the SPLC's "hate group" list.
Also included are Traditional Values Coalition, Illinois Family Institute, Abiding Truth Ministries, Americans for Truth, and many others. When questioned, the SPLC gives criteria that are so broad that just about any group could make the list.
We think that MassResistance is included because of our high profile as a pro-family group in Massachusetts and our national exposure on these issues. At one point we actually called the SPLC office and asked them for an explanation. They couldn't come up with anything specific, we were simply told that they've determined that we "demean" people.
Attempts of guilt by association
One of their particularly odious tactics is to publish lists of Nazi, Ku Klux Klan, and white supremacist groups (most of which may not actually exist) and insert among those the names of conservative and religious groups, for a psychological effect of "guilt by association." Then SPLC notifies news agencies of the "lists" of their area.
Thus, the SPLC itself has become a major purveyor of hate in America. It's clear that SPLC's true agenda is to stop political expression and debate that it doesn't like.
As a result, the SPLC has been widely discredited across the political spectrum. Reason Magazine recently wrote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center ... would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds." In 2000, Harpers Magazine said "The SPLC spends most of its time--and money--on a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate."
Shameful actions by people who know better
It's shameful that this absurd "charge" continues to be maliciously repeated by those who know better but cannot defend their positions by legitimate means, and even mainstream media reporters. By going along with SPLC's "hate list" agenda, these people are destroying their own credibility and helping poison the overall public discourse.