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The hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit group that purports to fight hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Though it makes the most of the goodwill and reputation earned in the 1960s, today they exist mainly to spread hatred, incite violence, and grow their fundraising base. George Orwell, call your office.

While founded as a civil rights organization in 1971 Alabama, the SPLC has morphed gradually into an institution that targets anyone who dares disturb regnant liberal orthodoxies. Their website features a Hate Map that is updated annually and which shows the location of various hate groups around the country. Interspersed with neo-Nazi organizations and the dying vestiges of the Ku Klux Klan are groups such as the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values and the nationally recognized think-tank, Family Research Council.

These latter two organizations teach a Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and argue for pro-life causes. Hate, apparently, is agreeing with President Obamas public views on marriage up until mid-2012. It also means that, as a recent Gallup poll shows, a clear majority of Americans are horrible bigots who dont deserve to air their views on abortion in the public squarelet alone harbor such views in the first place.

Recently designated as a hate group by the SPLC is the Center for Immigration Studies, a DC-based think-tank run by immigration expert Mark Krikorian. CISs nefarious purpose according to its website is to seek fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted. But, as Krikorian recently pointed out in a Washington Post op-ed, CIS has been around since 1985. What, pray tell, has changed other than CIS having an individual more amenable to its views residing in the White House?

By blurring the lines of distinction between groups that have no place in civil society and groups who simply express different political views, the SPLC contributes to the rise of intolerance and the ever-growing divide between the ruling class and Americans who reside in flyover country.

That the SPLCs pronouncements have caused violence should surprise no one. By labeling scholar Charles Murray a white nationalist, they helped give purpose to a student mob at Middlebury College, who shouted Murray down and assaulted professor Allison Stanger. Their Hate Map led a deranged man in 2012 to open fire in the lobby of the Family Research Council because the SPLC labeled the think-tank as anti-gay. Miraculously, only one security guard was injured in the ensuing melee. Future recipients of violence instigated by the SPLC may not be so lucky.

None of this seems to bother Morris Dees, the SPLCs co-founder and chief trial attorney. Dees, a direct marketing guru who is married to his fifth wife, has made millions scaring liberals into thinking an American equivalent of the Third Reich is always just around the corner.

Carl M. Cannon of Real Clear Politics gives the lowdown on how Dees made out like a bandit:

The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. Thats how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donalds corpse.

These strategies have allowed the SPLC to amass upwards of $300 million in its coffers. As the lyricist Ira Gershwin once wrote, nice work if you can get it.

Conservatives arent the only ones to notice Dees profligacy on his own behalf. Liberals such as Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein have launched withering critiques of Dees, with the former publishing a 2009 take down of Dees titled King of the Hate Business.

The SPLC is a hate group that traffics in liberalisms worst tendencies: intolerance, closed-mindedness, an overly-legalistic mindset, and an urge to make other opinions unlawful. By increasing division and discord between citizens, they are only helping to rend our nation asunder.

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Nazi. Fascist. Misogynist. White supremacist. These are some of the most hateful terms around, and yet they are freely lobbed at anyone who even slightly diverges from the lefts worldview. This fall, I became the one targeted by exactly this sort of bullying at the hands of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Its an understatement to say that I was dumbfounded as to how I ended up on theSouthern Poverty Law Centers (SPLC) LGBTQ hate-list I have never said or done anything to indicate hate for the LGBTQ community. When I called to inquire, SPLC informed me that I am guilty because I did a radio interview with Family Research Council Radio (FRC).I am a program coordinator forThe Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform. org. The segment was about socialism, but because FRC holds traditional family values, I was labeled an LGBT-hater just for being a guest on the show. No LGBT topics even came-up.

SPLCs hate-list exemplifies a bullying tactic employed by the left to silence conservative ideas. Regardless of the issue, support for the conservative point of view results in a litany of hateful labels and reputation-smearing. The goal is to paint any opposition to the far left as morally depraved and, therefore, unworthy of being included in conversation.Dr. Carol Swain, an African-American woman and former Vanderbilt professor, is a perfect case-in-point; she was labeled a white supremacist sympathizer by the SPLC forpointing-out SPLCs hypocrisy on racial issues.

This tactic is more than illogical; its dangerous. Reckless and irresponsible hate-labeling not only stifles free speech and expression, it empowers and emboldens vicious groups and individuals to violently attack people. Consider the2012 Family Research Council shooting, when a man walked into the organizations office in Washington, D.C., with 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He planned to kill as many staff members as possible and smear the sandwiches in their faces. He said he chose his target based onSPLCs Hate Map.

Nowhere is the danger more real than on our college campuses whereAntifa,By Any Means Necessary, and other domestic terror groups (which are not found on any SPLC hate list) now feel emboldened to attack conservative students and shut down events under the guise of ironically fighting fascism, hate and white supremacism.Two Berkeley students recently spoke toMartha MacCallum about being targeted, stalked and physically assaulted by Antifa for being members of the College Republicans club.

This bullying needs to stop if we want to protect a free society on and off campus.Americans are afraid to voice any form of dissent from the social or economic progressive agenda for fear of losing their academic standings, their jobs, or being labeled hateful and bigoted.

Americans are afraid to voice any form of dissent from the social or economic progressive agenda for fear of losing their academic standings, their jobs, or being labeled hateful and bigoted.

While I am lucky to have a current employer that is understanding of this injustice, many others are not willing to give the benefit of doubt. I will now have to explain to every future employer why my name is on a hate list.If theres one thing I gained from this,its a newfound respectfor conservativestudents who face this type of mistreatment every day on campus.

Groups like the SPLC threaten our constitutional rights and the very fabric that makes this nation great. We need to start pushing back. If this trend of bullying and ostracizing anyone with a different opinion continues, we can only expect a chilling, mob-rule effect and the suppression of speech and ideas in this country.

I am calling on SPLC to remove me from this list and stop engaging in the game of identity fear politics. I urge all Americans who have been bullied, silenced, and pushed into a corner by radical groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to push back too.

Hannah Scherlacher is the Program Coordinator and a contributor for the Leadership Institutes CampusReform.org, which reports on liberal abuse and bias on Americas colleges campuses.

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Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

When we teachers get a so-called problem child in class, its crucial to ask ourselves, What is causing this behavior to manifest? What is occurring in this childs life that we cant see?

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On August 15, 2012, I was on my way into downtown D.C. to record my daily radio program at the Family Research Council (FRC) when I got a call not to come. I was in D.C. for a conference and had been using the studios at FRC to broadcast my show back in SC, until Floyd Lee Corkins II walked-in shot a security guard that morning. Corkins admitted that his design was to kill as many people as possible, and to place Chic-Fil-A sandwiches on their bodies because of the organizations stance in favor of natural marriage. Corkins was motivated to do so by FRCs being included on a list of hate organizations released by the uber-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Fast forward to October, 2017, and see that the SPLC has learned nothing from the near mass-murder their antics inspired in 2012. SPLC has renewed their labeling of the FRC as a hate group, because of their pro-life and pro-family stances, and have openly called for their public denunciation. I shudder to think how this renewed dog whistle to radical leftists might inspire the next Corkins to kill pro-family conservatives. The FRCs annual Values Voters Summit took place this weekend in Washington, and President Trump gave the keynote address on Friday evening.

The Presidents participation in the event has sent the Left into hysterics. The headline at Newsweek says it all Donald Trump to Speak at Hate Groups Annual Event, a First For A President. To read that headline, one would be forgiven for thinking that the President was planning to speak to a neo-Nazi convention, not a pro-family rally. That the Left now considers social conservatives bigots, and brands supporters of traditional marriage haters, is alarming. Is it any wonder that Democrats are losing up-and-down the ballot in spite of the Republican Partys internal strife?

The only hate group involved in this blow-up is the Southern Poverty Law Center, which routinely attacks Christians, conservative Jewish organizations, anti-terrorist organizations, and pro-family groups. According to the SPLCs own tax returns, the organization possesses enormous wealth, has offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, and holds ownership stakes in several foreign corporations. In short, the SPLC is a slush-fund for liberal billionaires who want to trash family values conservatives.

Speaking to the Family Research Council doesnt constitute a speech to a hate group. Giving a speech to the SPLC may, however, count.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Gets Creative to Label ‘Hate …

In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Family Research Council a hate group because of its orthodox position on homosexuality, and its occasionally incendiary defenses of that position.

In 2012, Floyd Corkins showed up at the Family Research Council headquarters with a gun.

I dont mean to imply that these two things were connected. I’m telling you that they were connected. We know because the shooter told the FBI where he got the idea.

Conservatives have used this to try to discredit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups. But the sad truth is that if you criticize someone, theres always some small chance that an unstable person will read your criticism and decide its subject needs killing. The shooting is still not the fault of the writer, but the fault of the shooter.

(Just in case it helps, I interrupt this column to point out that you should not shoot anyone I write about, or anyone I dont write about, or anyone.)

Also, you dont need to manufacture ersatz accountability in order to discredit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group tally. You just need to tell people whats on the list.

Some of the groups named are what anyone would think of as a hate group, like, you know, the Ku Klux Klan. But other entries are a festival of guilt-by-association innuendo about people with at best a tangential relationship to the target institution, and whose statements fall well short of blanket group-calumny or calls for violence. Or the center offers bizarrely shifting rationales that suggest that the staff started with the target they wanted to deem hateful, and worked backward to the analysis.

I spent a day diving down the rabbit hole of one of the listings on the hate group, for the Ruth Institute, a small nonprofit that thinks the sexual revolution was a giant mistake. The Ruth Institute does seem to have a couple of marginally attached figures who have at some point theorized an unsupported connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. But however wrongheaded and insulting this may be, by itself, it hardly merits branding the whole organization a hate group. And a lot of the other evidence for this designation is simply well, fully deserving of those contemptuous quotation marks.

Let’s look at how the center justified dubbing the Ruth Institute a hate group:

If misspeaking in a radio interview, quoting the Vatican and promoting articles like these on your nonprofits blog are what now earn a spot alongside the Klan on a list of hate groups, then it may be time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to close up shop, because their work is largely done.

Unfortunately the center’s hate group designation remains extremely influential. Recently, a payment servicer cut off the Ruth Institute because of that “hate group” label. This piqued my interest, because I knew Morses work on liberty and the family from long before the gay marriage debate dawned on the political horizon. Id always found it interesting and thought provoking, and I was surprised to see her lumped in with Holocaust deniers and white supremacists. My astonishment seems to have been well-founded.

Hate group is, of course, not a scientific term with a precise definition. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s entries do highlight a lot of language about various groups that may not strike me as the equivalent of Klan rhetoric, but does make me uncomfortable. And who am I to say that discomfort is a better characterization than hate speech? In criticizing them, am I not committing the same sin of which I accuse the SPLC, trying to leverage my platform to curtail speech I dont like through unofficial censure?

Well, yes, indeed, the SPLC has a perfect right to decide what they mean by hate group.

Unfortunately, it also has an incentive to apply this term broadly. When people see that the SPLC lists over 900 hate groups — 900! — this seems like good reason to panic. And maybe write a check to the SPLC.

Even fairly large institutions that theoretically have ample resources to investigate the SPLCs list often rely on it, to their detriment. CNN published the list under the headline Here Are All the Hate Groups Active in Your Area, then had to alter the story upon realizing that this was effectively joining the SPLC in branding local churches and conservative nonprofits as hate groups. Guidestar, which rates nonprofits, added the SPLC designations to its listings, then had to make an embarrassing volte-face when conservatives called them out. Given the increasing tendency of powerful tech companies to flex their muscle against hate groups, we may see more and more institutions unwittingly turned into critics or censors, not just of Nazi propaganda, but also of fairly mainstream ideas.

Thats not just a problem for the groups that will be burdened when the hate group label is slapped on them; its also a problem for the rest of us. The broader the definition, the more Americans will be swept up under that label, and the less sustainable it will be. If media and other institutions use the label, they will discredit themselves with conservative readers and donors. Worse still, those readers and donors will be unable to reliably discern the actual hate groups that still exist.

For exist they do. They are tiny relative to the population, they are marginal, and they have little power. As political scientist Justin Murphy says, overt racism likely appears larger than it is, especially to progressives, precisely because it has never been less common in American history, making the few die-hards stand out in sharp relief. The same is probably true of other hateful isms. But even a handful of hate group members is too many, and it would be useful to have data on their numbers. Instead, were getting data that tells us little about the problem of hate groups, and a whole lot about the SPLCs agenda and fundraising.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/23/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

New York Times: The showdown over how to define fringe views in America.

CBS News: Hate rising: White supremacy is on the increase in the U.S.

Think Progress: White supremacists are running for office as Republicans; will the party respond?

Washington Post: Trump backers alarming reliance on conspiracy theory websites, in one chart.

Talking Points Memo: Relegated to fringe platforms, white nationalists are stuck in their own echo chambers.

Raw Story: Islamophobe Pamela Geller throws a fit after PayPal boots her in whitesupremacist purge.

Huffington Post: George and Amal Clooney donate $1 million grant to SPLC in effort to combat hate.

Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH): White man with pipe bomb arrested hours before Akron vigil for Charlottesville victims.

AlterNet: Seven key white supremacists and their links to Russias Vladimir Putin and to Trump.

Centre Daily Times (College Station, PA): Richard Spencer not welcome at Penn State, college president says.

Miami New Times (FL): White supremacist exploits Charlottesville tragedy to mount Florida Senate run.

Media Matters: Right Side Broadcasting parts ways with Nicholas Fuentes, who participated in Virginia rally.

Boston Herald: Gun-toting militia leader from New York is among the arrestees in Boston protest.

Record-Courier (Kent, OH): Leader of Ohio Minutemen Militia denies any link to white supremacists, neo-Nazis.

Rare Houston (TX): Were proud, not racist, proclaims leader of San Antonio Confederate militia.

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Hung Jury, Acquittals in Second Bundy Trial – Southern Poverty Law Center

On Tuesday a jury in Las Vegas acquitted two defendants, Steven Stewart and Ricky Lovelien, of all 10 charges they faced. The panel couldnt unanimously agree on charges facing Scott Drexler and Eric Parker, resulting in mistrials for those two men.

The jurys verdict after four days of deliberation has to be a jolting blow to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors planned to bring three separate trials against 21 defendants, including Cliven Bundy and his sons, for their varying roles in the 2014 standoff. It ended without bloodshed when federal agents, faced with the gun barrels of Bundys militia supporters, abandoned their attempts to round up his cattle for non-payment of federal grazing fees.

The current timetable set by the court when it divided 21 defendants into three trial groupings calls for Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, to stand trial in about 30 days in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. But that trial date could be postponed as prosecutors reassess their trial strategy.

Stewart, Lovelien, Drexler and Parker each faced multiple felony charges including conspiracy, illegal possession of weapons and assaulting and threatening federal officers during the 2014 standoff near the Bundy ranch. Convictions would have resulted in lengthy prison sentences.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial after the jury said it couldnt reach unanimous agreement on four charges against Parker assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal officer and two firearms counts and charges of assaulting a federal officer and a firearms count that Drexler faced. Prosecutors have not said if they will retry Parker and Drexler a third time.

The verdict came after a 20-day re-trial of the same four men who were tried in April by another jury that also couldnt reached a unanimous verdict on guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the first trial earlier this year, a jury did convict two other co-defendants Gregory Burleson of Phoenix and Todd C. Engel of Boundary County, Idaho for their roles in the standoff. The two, identified by prosecutors as follower-gunmen, were found guilty of obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid extortion. Burleson was sentenced to 68 years in prison in July. Engel awaits sentencing.

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George, Amal Clooney donate $1M to Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups – USA TODAY

The violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month have inspired The Clooney Foundation for Justice to give $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center. USA TODAY

George and Amal Clooney on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Cesar Film Awards in Paris.(Photo: Francois Mori, AP)

If money talks, George and Amal Clooney made it shout Tuesday, by donating $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fight hate groups in the wake of tragedy and violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The SPLC, a leading civil-rights group that monitors hate groups and campaigns against bigotry,is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to increase its ability to combat hate groups in the USA by highlighting the dangers of white-supremacist ideology.

The SPLC said further details on what the money will be used for will be available later.

“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” Clooney said in a statement to USA TODAY. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.

The latter comment was an allusion to President Trump’s much-criticized assertions last week that neo-Nazis and white supremacists and anti-fascist counter-protesters who confronted them in Charlottesville were equally culpable for the violence that led to three deaths on the weekend of Aug. 11-12. Trump said there are “fine people” on “both sides.”

“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the Clooneys said in their prepared statement. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”

White-nationalist groups marched with torches through University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Aug. 11, 2017. When met by counter protesters, tempers turned into violence.(Photo: Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar – USA TODAY NETWORK)

Since Charlottesville, the center also has received major donations from Apple and from JPMorgan Chase, whose leaders Tim Cookat Apple and Jamie Dimonat JPMorgan Chase both spoke out on the need for America’s leading business and cultural institutions to take stands against bigotry and hate.

George Clooney was a supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign and is well-known as a leading Hollywood liberal. His wife, Amal Alamuddin,is a Lebanese-born British lawyer known for her human-rights legal work around the world.

The Clooneys founded and serve as presidents of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, established in 2016″to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities” around the world.

President Trump at Trump Tower in New York speaking to the media on Aug. 15, 2017, about protests in Charlottesville, Va. the previous weekend.(Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images)

SPLC presidentRichard Cohen said hate-group monitors were “shocked by the size, ugliness and ferocity” of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville.

It was a reflection of just how much Trumps incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right,” Cohen said. “We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our countrys fight against hate.

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The hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit group that purports to fight hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Though it makes the most of the goodwill and reputation earned in the 1960s, today they exist mainly to spread hatred, incite violence, and grow their fundraising base. George Orwell, call your office. While founded as a civil rights organization in 1971 Alabama, the SPLC has morphed gradually into an institution that targets anyone who dares disturb regnant liberal orthodoxies. Their website features a Hate Map that is updated annually and which shows the location of various hate groups around the country. Interspersed with neo-Nazi organizations and the dying vestiges of the Ku Klux Klan are groups such as the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values and the nationally recognized think-tank, Family Research Council. These latter two organizations teach a Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and argue for pro-life causes. Hate, apparently, is agreeing with President Obamas public views on marriage up until mid-2012. It also means that, as a recent Gallup poll shows, a clear majority of Americans are horrible bigots who dont deserve to air their views on abortion in the public squarelet alone harbor such views in the first place. Recently designated as a hate group by the SPLC is the Center for Immigration Studies, a DC-based think-tank run by immigration expert Mark Krikorian. CISs nefarious purpose according to its website is to seek fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted. But, as Krikorian recently pointed out in a Washington Post op-ed, CIS has been around since 1985. What, pray tell, has changed other than CIS having an individual more amenable to its views residing in the White House? By blurring the lines of distinction between groups that have no place in civil society and groups who simply express different political views, the SPLC contributes to the rise of intolerance and the ever-growing divide between the ruling class and Americans who reside in flyover country. That the SPLCs pronouncements have caused violence should surprise no one. By labeling scholar Charles Murray a white nationalist, they helped give purpose to a student mob at Middlebury College, who shouted Murray down and assaulted professor Allison Stanger. Their Hate Map led a deranged man in 2012 to open fire in the lobby of the Family Research Council because the SPLC labeled the think-tank as anti-gay. Miraculously, only one security guard was injured in the ensuing melee. Future recipients of violence instigated by the SPLC may not be so lucky. None of this seems to bother Morris Dees, the SPLCs co-founder and chief trial attorney. Dees, a direct marketing guru who is married to his fifth wife, has made millions scaring liberals into thinking an American equivalent of the Third Reich is always just around the corner. Carl M. Cannon of Real Clear Politics gives the lowdown on how Dees made out like a bandit: The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. Thats how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donalds corpse. These strategies have allowed the SPLC to amass upwards of $300 million in its coffers. As the lyricist Ira Gershwin once wrote, nice work if you can get it. Conservatives arent the only ones to notice Dees profligacy on his own behalf. Liberals such as Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein have launched withering critiques of Dees, with the former publishing a 2009 take down of Dees titled King of the Hate Business. The SPLC is a hate group that traffics in liberalisms worst tendencies: intolerance, closed-mindedness, an overly-legalistic mindset, and an urge to make other opinions unlawful. By increasing division and discord between citizens, they are only helping to rend our nation asunder.

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Hannah Scherlacher (Courtesy of the author) Nazi. Fascist. Misogynist. White supremacist. These are some of the most hateful terms around, and yet they are freely lobbed at anyone who even slightly diverges from the lefts worldview. This fall, I became the one targeted by exactly this sort of bullying at the hands of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its an understatement to say that I was dumbfounded as to how I ended up on theSouthern Poverty Law Centers (SPLC) LGBTQ hate-list I have never said or done anything to indicate hate for the LGBTQ community. When I called to inquire, SPLC informed me that I am guilty because I did a radio interview with Family Research Council Radio (FRC).I am a program coordinator forThe Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform. org. The segment was about socialism, but because FRC holds traditional family values, I was labeled an LGBT-hater just for being a guest on the show. No LGBT topics even came-up. SPLCs hate-list exemplifies a bullying tactic employed by the left to silence conservative ideas. Regardless of the issue, support for the conservative point of view results in a litany of hateful labels and reputation-smearing. The goal is to paint any opposition to the far left as morally depraved and, therefore, unworthy of being included in conversation.Dr. Carol Swain, an African-American woman and former Vanderbilt professor, is a perfect case-in-point; she was labeled a white supremacist sympathizer by the SPLC forpointing-out SPLCs hypocrisy on racial issues. This tactic is more than illogical; its dangerous. Reckless and irresponsible hate-labeling not only stifles free speech and expression, it empowers and emboldens vicious groups and individuals to violently attack people. Consider the2012 Family Research Council shooting, when a man walked into the organizations office in Washington, D.C., with 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He planned to kill as many staff members as possible and smear the sandwiches in their faces. He said he chose his target based onSPLCs Hate Map. Nowhere is the danger more real than on our college campuses whereAntifa,By Any Means Necessary, and other domestic terror groups (which are not found on any SPLC hate list) now feel emboldened to attack conservative students and shut down events under the guise of ironically fighting fascism, hate and white supremacism.Two Berkeley students recently spoke toMartha MacCallum about being targeted, stalked and physically assaulted by Antifa for being members of the College Republicans club. This bullying needs to stop if we want to protect a free society on and off campus.Americans are afraid to voice any form of dissent from the social or economic progressive agenda for fear of losing their academic standings, their jobs, or being labeled hateful and bigoted. Americans are afraid to voice any form of dissent from the social or economic progressive agenda for fear of losing their academic standings, their jobs, or being labeled hateful and bigoted. While I am lucky to have a current employer that is understanding of this injustice, many others are not willing to give the benefit of doubt. I will now have to explain to every future employer why my name is on a hate list.If theres one thing I gained from this,its a newfound respectfor conservativestudents who face this type of mistreatment every day on campus. Groups like the SPLC threaten our constitutional rights and the very fabric that makes this nation great. We need to start pushing back. If this trend of bullying and ostracizing anyone with a different opinion continues, we can only expect a chilling, mob-rule effect and the suppression of speech and ideas in this country. I am calling on SPLC to remove me from this list and stop engaging in the game of identity fear politics. I urge all Americans who have been bullied, silenced, and pushed into a corner by radical groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to push back too. Hannah Scherlacher is the Program Coordinator and a contributor for the Leadership Institutes CampusReform.org, which reports on liberal abuse and bias on Americas colleges campuses.

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Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

When we teachers get a so-called problem child in class, its crucial to ask ourselves, What is causing this behavior to manifest? What is occurring in this childs life that we cant see? December 12, 2017 Elizabeth Kleinrock

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, Not Family Research Council …

On August 15, 2012, I was on my way into downtown D.C. to record my daily radio program at the Family Research Council (FRC) when I got a call not to come. I was in D.C. for a conference and had been using the studios at FRC to broadcast my show back in SC, until Floyd Lee Corkins II walked-in shot a security guard that morning. Corkins admitted that his design was to kill as many people as possible, and to place Chic-Fil-A sandwiches on their bodies because of the organizations stance in favor of natural marriage. Corkins was motivated to do so by FRCs being included on a list of hate organizations released by the uber-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Fast forward to October, 2017, and see that the SPLC has learned nothing from the near mass-murder their antics inspired in 2012. SPLC has renewed their labeling of the FRC as a hate group, because of their pro-life and pro-family stances, and have openly called for their public denunciation. I shudder to think how this renewed dog whistle to radical leftists might inspire the next Corkins to kill pro-family conservatives. The FRCs annual Values Voters Summit took place this weekend in Washington, and President Trump gave the keynote address on Friday evening. The Presidents participation in the event has sent the Left into hysterics. The headline at Newsweek says it all Donald Trump to Speak at Hate Groups Annual Event, a First For A President. To read that headline, one would be forgiven for thinking that the President was planning to speak to a neo-Nazi convention, not a pro-family rally. That the Left now considers social conservatives bigots, and brands supporters of traditional marriage haters, is alarming. Is it any wonder that Democrats are losing up-and-down the ballot in spite of the Republican Partys internal strife? The only hate group involved in this blow-up is the Southern Poverty Law Center, which routinely attacks Christians, conservative Jewish organizations, anti-terrorist organizations, and pro-family groups. According to the SPLCs own tax returns, the organization possesses enormous wealth, has offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, and holds ownership stakes in several foreign corporations. In short, the SPLC is a slush-fund for liberal billionaires who want to trash family values conservatives. Speaking to the Family Research Council doesnt constitute a speech to a hate group. Giving a speech to the SPLC may, however, count. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

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Southern Poverty Law Center Gets Creative to Label ‘Hate …

In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Family Research Council a hate group because of its orthodox position on homosexuality, and its occasionally incendiary defenses of that position. In 2012, Floyd Corkins showed up at the Family Research Council headquarters with a gun. I dont mean to imply that these two things were connected. I’m telling you that they were connected. We know because the shooter told the FBI where he got the idea. Conservatives have used this to try to discredit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups. But the sad truth is that if you criticize someone, theres always some small chance that an unstable person will read your criticism and decide its subject needs killing. The shooting is still not the fault of the writer, but the fault of the shooter. (Just in case it helps, I interrupt this column to point out that you should not shoot anyone I write about, or anyone I dont write about, or anyone.) Also, you dont need to manufacture ersatz accountability in order to discredit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group tally. You just need to tell people whats on the list. Some of the groups named are what anyone would think of as a hate group, like, you know, the Ku Klux Klan. But other entries are a festival of guilt-by-association innuendo about people with at best a tangential relationship to the target institution, and whose statements fall well short of blanket group-calumny or calls for violence. Or the center offers bizarrely shifting rationales that suggest that the staff started with the target they wanted to deem hateful, and worked backward to the analysis. I spent a day diving down the rabbit hole of one of the listings on the hate group, for the Ruth Institute, a small nonprofit that thinks the sexual revolution was a giant mistake. The Ruth Institute does seem to have a couple of marginally attached figures who have at some point theorized an unsupported connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. But however wrongheaded and insulting this may be, by itself, it hardly merits branding the whole organization a hate group. And a lot of the other evidence for this designation is simply well, fully deserving of those contemptuous quotation marks. Let’s look at how the center justified dubbing the Ruth Institute a hate group: If misspeaking in a radio interview, quoting the Vatican and promoting articles like these on your nonprofits blog are what now earn a spot alongside the Klan on a list of hate groups, then it may be time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to close up shop, because their work is largely done. Unfortunately the center’s hate group designation remains extremely influential. Recently, a payment servicer cut off the Ruth Institute because of that “hate group” label. This piqued my interest, because I knew Morses work on liberty and the family from long before the gay marriage debate dawned on the political horizon. Id always found it interesting and thought provoking, and I was surprised to see her lumped in with Holocaust deniers and white supremacists. My astonishment seems to have been well-founded. Hate group is, of course, not a scientific term with a precise definition. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s entries do highlight a lot of language about various groups that may not strike me as the equivalent of Klan rhetoric, but does make me uncomfortable. And who am I to say that discomfort is a better characterization than hate speech? In criticizing them, am I not committing the same sin of which I accuse the SPLC, trying to leverage my platform to curtail speech I dont like through unofficial censure? Well, yes, indeed, the SPLC has a perfect right to decide what they mean by hate group. Unfortunately, it also has an incentive to apply this term broadly. When people see that the SPLC lists over 900 hate groups — 900! — this seems like good reason to panic. And maybe write a check to the SPLC. Even fairly large institutions that theoretically have ample resources to investigate the SPLCs list often rely on it, to their detriment. CNN published the list under the headline Here Are All the Hate Groups Active in Your Area, then had to alter the story upon realizing that this was effectively joining the SPLC in branding local churches and conservative nonprofits as hate groups. Guidestar, which rates nonprofits, added the SPLC designations to its listings, then had to make an embarrassing volte-face when conservatives called them out. Given the increasing tendency of powerful tech companies to flex their muscle against hate groups, we may see more and more institutions unwittingly turned into critics or censors, not just of Nazi propaganda, but also of fairly mainstream ideas. Thats not just a problem for the groups that will be burdened when the hate group label is slapped on them; its also a problem for the rest of us. The broader the definition, the more Americans will be swept up under that label, and the less sustainable it will be. If media and other institutions use the label, they will discredit themselves with conservative readers and donors. Worse still, those readers and donors will be unable to reliably discern the actual hate groups that still exist. For exist they do. They are tiny relative to the population, they are marginal, and they have little power. As political scientist Justin Murphy says, overt racism likely appears larger than it is, especially to progressives, precisely because it has never been less common in American history, making the few die-hards stand out in sharp relief. The same is probably true of other hateful isms. But even a handful of hate group members is too many, and it would be useful to have data on their numbers. Instead, were getting data that tells us little about the problem of hate groups, and a whole lot about the SPLCs agenda and fundraising. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners. To contact the author of this story: Megan McArdle at mmcardle3@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Philip Gray at philipgray@bloomberg.net

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/23/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

New York Times: The showdown over how to define fringe views in America. CBS News: Hate rising: White supremacy is on the increase in the U.S. Think Progress: White supremacists are running for office as Republicans; will the party respond? Washington Post: Trump backers alarming reliance on conspiracy theory websites, in one chart. Talking Points Memo: Relegated to fringe platforms, white nationalists are stuck in their own echo chambers. Raw Story: Islamophobe Pamela Geller throws a fit after PayPal boots her in whitesupremacist purge. Huffington Post: George and Amal Clooney donate $1 million grant to SPLC in effort to combat hate. Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH): White man with pipe bomb arrested hours before Akron vigil for Charlottesville victims. AlterNet: Seven key white supremacists and their links to Russias Vladimir Putin and to Trump. Centre Daily Times (College Station, PA): Richard Spencer not welcome at Penn State, college president says. Miami New Times (FL): White supremacist exploits Charlottesville tragedy to mount Florida Senate run. Media Matters: Right Side Broadcasting parts ways with Nicholas Fuentes, who participated in Virginia rally. Boston Herald: Gun-toting militia leader from New York is among the arrestees in Boston protest. Record-Courier (Kent, OH): Leader of Ohio Minutemen Militia denies any link to white supremacists, neo-Nazis. Rare Houston (TX): Were proud, not racist, proclaims leader of San Antonio Confederate militia.

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Hung Jury, Acquittals in Second Bundy Trial – Southern Poverty Law Center

On Tuesday a jury in Las Vegas acquitted two defendants, Steven Stewart and Ricky Lovelien, of all 10 charges they faced. The panel couldnt unanimously agree on charges facing Scott Drexler and Eric Parker, resulting in mistrials for those two men. The jurys verdict after four days of deliberation has to be a jolting blow to the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors planned to bring three separate trials against 21 defendants, including Cliven Bundy and his sons, for their varying roles in the 2014 standoff. It ended without bloodshed when federal agents, faced with the gun barrels of Bundys militia supporters, abandoned their attempts to round up his cattle for non-payment of federal grazing fees. The current timetable set by the court when it divided 21 defendants into three trial groupings calls for Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, to stand trial in about 30 days in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. But that trial date could be postponed as prosecutors reassess their trial strategy. Stewart, Lovelien, Drexler and Parker each faced multiple felony charges including conspiracy, illegal possession of weapons and assaulting and threatening federal officers during the 2014 standoff near the Bundy ranch. Convictions would have resulted in lengthy prison sentences. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial after the jury said it couldnt reach unanimous agreement on four charges against Parker assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal officer and two firearms counts and charges of assaulting a federal officer and a firearms count that Drexler faced. Prosecutors have not said if they will retry Parker and Drexler a third time. The verdict came after a 20-day re-trial of the same four men who were tried in April by another jury that also couldnt reached a unanimous verdict on guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In the first trial earlier this year, a jury did convict two other co-defendants Gregory Burleson of Phoenix and Todd C. Engel of Boundary County, Idaho for their roles in the standoff. The two, identified by prosecutors as follower-gunmen, were found guilty of obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid extortion. Burleson was sentenced to 68 years in prison in July. Engel awaits sentencing.

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George, Amal Clooney donate $1M to Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups – USA TODAY

The violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month have inspired The Clooney Foundation for Justice to give $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center. USA TODAY George and Amal Clooney on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Cesar Film Awards in Paris.(Photo: Francois Mori, AP) If money talks, George and Amal Clooney made it shout Tuesday, by donating $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fight hate groups in the wake of tragedy and violence in Charlottesville, Va. The SPLC, a leading civil-rights group that monitors hate groups and campaigns against bigotry,is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to increase its ability to combat hate groups in the USA by highlighting the dangers of white-supremacist ideology. The SPLC said further details on what the money will be used for will be available later. “Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” Clooney said in a statement to USA TODAY. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate. The latter comment was an allusion to President Trump’s much-criticized assertions last week that neo-Nazis and white supremacists and anti-fascist counter-protesters who confronted them in Charlottesville were equally culpable for the violence that led to three deaths on the weekend of Aug. 11-12. Trump said there are “fine people” on “both sides.” “We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the Clooneys said in their prepared statement. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.” White-nationalist groups marched with torches through University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Aug. 11, 2017. When met by counter protesters, tempers turned into violence.(Photo: Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar – USA TODAY NETWORK) Since Charlottesville, the center also has received major donations from Apple and from JPMorgan Chase, whose leaders Tim Cookat Apple and Jamie Dimonat JPMorgan Chase both spoke out on the need for America’s leading business and cultural institutions to take stands against bigotry and hate. George Clooney was a supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign and is well-known as a leading Hollywood liberal. His wife, Amal Alamuddin,is a Lebanese-born British lawyer known for her human-rights legal work around the world. The Clooneys founded and serve as presidents of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, established in 2016″to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities” around the world. President Trump at Trump Tower in New York speaking to the media on Aug. 15, 2017, about protests in Charlottesville, Va. the previous weekend.(Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images) SPLC presidentRichard Cohen said hate-group monitors were “shocked by the size, ugliness and ferocity” of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville. It was a reflection of just how much Trumps incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right,” Cohen said. “We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our countrys fight against hate. Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2xpCIcb

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