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SPLC program offers grants to educators teaching tolerance – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants program offers grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for such projects that include marginalized students, promote an affirming school climate and educate young people to thrive in a diverse democracy. Educators who work in public or private K-12 schools, as well as alternative schools, therapeutic schools and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply here. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Teachers and administrators know best how to come up with innovative ways to teach their students to fight bigotry and hate, said Maureen Costello, Teaching Tolerance director. We want to help them turn those ideas into projects that will have a big impact on the way students see themselves, and how they view and treat others.

The program will feature two funding tracks, one for projects implemented at the school level and the other at the classroom level. The school-level track will support projects that are driven by a schools leadership team to improve school climate, reduce hate, support culturally responsive practices and implement an anti-bias curriculum. At the classroom level, teachers will use the grants to fund programming that promotes empathy and kindness, positive identity development, perspective taking and critical thinking. All grantees will be asked to submit a post-project evaluation form to demonstrate the programs impact.

Our hope is to build, over time, a network of educators who are enthusiastic about learning from each other and will share their experiences fighting injustice in their schools with the broader Teaching Tolerance community, Costello said. Instead of allowing prejudice and hate to fester in the minds of our young people, we want to cultivate future generations with greater empathy, kindness and understanding for one another.

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SPLC Files Ethics Complaint Against Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for Issuing Fake Subpoenas – Southern Poverty Law Center

An investigation is needed to determine the scope of the practice and to hold the lawyers involved accountable for violations of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, which forbid lawyers from engaging in deception, according to the complaint. The filing notes that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has admitted that his office had engaged in the practice since 2009, but has refused to divulge which assistant district attorneys were also involved.

If the board finds that violations occurred, it could recommend probation, admonition or the filing of formal charges against Cannizzaro or the attorneys under his leadership who used the fake subpoenas.

District attorneys have almost unchecked discretion in our criminal justice system, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. As Louisianans work to reform the states criminal justice system and shed the title of incarceration capital of the world, district attorneys must be held accountable when they abuse the publics trust.

These bogus subpoenas violated peoples legal rights through manipulation and intimidation. An investigation is needed to restore the publics confidence, and prevent other prosecutors from engaging in such misconduct.

A subpoena is a courts written order compelling a person to appear before the court or face a penalty. A subpoena cannot be issued by a district attorney.

The false subpoenas warned that a person may face a fine or imprisonment for failure to appear before prosecutors for questioning. The office even sought the arrest of at least one person who failed to respond to a false subpoena.

Cannizzaros office initially defended the documents, but later announced it would stop issuing them. Cannizzaro also attempted to deflect blame by explaining that the practice has been in use by the office for decades well before his tenure. This admission, according to the complaint, only underscores the need for an investigation because it heightens concerns about the depth and breadth of this practice.

The district attorneys other practices have also drawn attention and made headlines. Earlier this year, Cannizzaro jailed crime victims including victims of rape who did not want to testify in court. Last year, the SPLC report More Harm Than Good documented how Cannizzaros office prosecutes children as adults in unprecedented numbers.

The SPLC filed a similar complaint today against Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick for issuing documents labeled as subpoenas. Unlike the documents issued by Cannizzaros office, they did not threaten punishment for noncompliance, but did order witnesses to come to the DAs office. Connicks office has stopped the practice, replacing the documents with letters requesting witness cooperation. His office has not revealed which assistant district attorneys used the fake subpoenas.

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Lankford right to call out group for using broad brush – NewsOK.com

The Southern Poverty Law Center is notorious for using a broad brush and undefined criteria when designating hate groups, which is why it routinely tars the reputations of mainstream organizations.

Yet some media outlets have gullibly and uncritically repeated the SPLC’s propaganda. In a recent letter to ABC News President James Goldston, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, noted the danger that represents.

In this country, we have the ability and freedom to disagree. However, disagreement is not the same as discrimination and it’s not the same as hate, Lankford wrote. As journalists and members of the government, we have a responsibility to distinguish between the two.

The SPLC labeled a religious liberty nonprofit, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a hate group, primarily because the group doesn’t support same-sex marriage. ABC was among the media outlets that subsequently referred to the alliance as a hate group in its reporting.

Yet as Lankford wrote, I found it odd that ABC would designate ADF as a hate group not based on any actual crime or action, but apparently based on their belief in religious liberty or traditional marriage. Since I think I can confidently assume that ABC News is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, why would ABC News label a peaceful group as a hate group’ simply because of a difference of opinion?

Indeed. If believing in a traditional one man and one woman view of marriage is all it takes to be part of a hate group, then millions of Americans fall into the category. In 2008, that membership label would have even applied to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both opposed same-sex marriage at the time.

Obama even declared, I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian for me for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.

Obama’s 2008 comments are in line with those of officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

On its website, the alliance says it has won 80 percent of the cases it has filed in the courts. These include cases that range from defending zoning ordinances that limit sexually oriented businesses, to defending bans on partial-birth abortion, to defending the free-speech rights of public employees outside the workplace.

In some instances, the legal arguments advanced by the alliance have been endorsed in unanimous rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. That contradicts the SPLC’s claim the alliance is somehow far outside the mainstream of American society or legal thought.

The alliance is far from the only group or individual smeared by the SPLC. Mark Pulliam, a contributing editor at the Library of Law and Liberty, writes that the SPLC branded Somali-born reformer Ayaan Hirsi Ali an anti-Muslin extremist’ for her opposition to female genital mutilation and other oppressive Islamic practices SPLC has also labeled those favoring immigration restrictions as hate groups, and even declared Ben Carson, the mild-mannered neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, an extremist. The list goes on.

Lankford is right to call out the Southern Poverty Law Center for its practices. Until it changes its ways, its evaluations should be taken with a healthy grain of salt if not ignored altogether.

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SPLC: RAISE Act Attacks American Ideals, Reflects White Nationalist Agenda – Southern Poverty Law Center

Its provisions reflect the shameful agenda of nativists and white nationalists who fear the growing diversity of our country. Were not surprised that this bill has gained the support of President Trump, who has welcomed allies of the white nationalist movement into his administration, issued a Muslim ban, and called Mexican immigrants rapists and killers.

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SPLC Hate Map – Southern Poverty Law Center | SPLCinfo.com

Morris Dees, Founder of the SPLC

One example of the SPLCs tactics is its Interactive Hate Map. The SPLC Hate Map is a scam designed to portray political organizations that disagree with the SPLC in a negative light. Pitched as an easy-to-use list of hate groups, its really just a mash-up of organizations that hold political views opposed to those pushed by the SPLC. There are a few genuine hate groups tossed in most of them neo-Nazi organizations. But the presence of a small number of actual hate groups merely seems calculated to lead map users to the conclusion that mainstream political opponents of the SPLC are guilty by association.

Designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and published on SPLCenter.org, the Hate Map only contains information that the SPLC wants you to see. Anything that might accurately portray a group of which the SPLC disapproves is deliberately left out. While the map may have once had noble intentions, it now has a sinister dark side. Overall, the Hate Map actually contains very little accurate, useful information.

For example, groups like the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR) work responsibly and more importantly, totally transparently on issues connected with immigration policy, national security, and the economy. These organizations exist to inform the public about the potential negative effects of uncontrolled mass migration. Americans want good information on controversial issues, so they can make responsible decisions when voting and communicating with their political leaders. Thats how political debate in the United States works. However, the SPLC doesnt agree with the political positions that CIS, CAPS, FAIR, and other organizations focused on political issues believe in, so it intentionally misleads the public in order to squelch open debate. Its much easier to slander your opponents with emotionally-charged slurs than it is to engage them in logical arguments about questionable policies.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Is a Hate Group – Townhall

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Like many leftist organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, started out with good intentions. It was founded in 1971 by Morris Dees and Joseph Levin and is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. The Southern Poverty Law Center rightly condemned, as did conservatives such as the great William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan, the American Nazi Party and the Democrat-affiliated Ku Klux Klan. A favorite SPLC tactic was suing Klan affiliated organizations for their crimes and then distributing the money to the victims. This strategy has been effective in financially hurting many Klan related organizations. SPLC, though always leftist in nature, bravely stood strong through attacks on its headquarters and threats against its leaders by Klansman. That is to be commended.

Sadly, the Southern Poverty Law Center has more than lost its way. The going astray from the original mission can be traced back to 1986, when most of the organization resigned, except founder Morris Dees, when Dees turned the focus of the group to strictly monitoring hate groups.

The list of hate groups has kept getting longer and longer while our nation has become more tolerant of those who are different. In March 2013, the publication Foreign Policy ran an expose on the methodology of SPLCs listing of hate groups, noting that SPLC counted many groups several times.

The overall impression from SPLCs list is designed to make Americans believe that America is a nation filled with racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and every other form of hatred that the conservative cause specifically disavows.

SPLCs senior leadership is shameful. It uses its past legacy of fighting against racism to add legitimacy to their evolving agenda of hatred towards the large number of Americans who hold conservative and religious values.

In 2010, SPLC added the conservative Family Research Council to its list of hate groups.

In early 2015, SPLC added Dr. Ben Carson to its list of hate groups.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an atheist, feminist, and former Muslim who speaks out against female genital mutilation, was added to the SPLC hate list in recent years. Ali has many death threats on her life by Islamic radicals but SPLC labels her, and not those who have made the threats, on the hate watch list.

The most recent SPLC controversy involves labeling the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a speech to ADF last week and was immediately vilified by the left wing media such as ABC for associating with an alleged hate group. How ridiculous.

Alliance Defending Freedom was founded to “advocate for the rights of people to peacefully and freely speak, live and work according to their faith and conscience without threat of government punishment.”

ADF has won seven Supreme Court cases in the last seven years including the recent Trinity Lutheran v. Comer religious liberty case. ADF has also won over 400 victories regarding academic freedom in the university.

ADF consistently brings cases to the United States Supreme Court and wins. Regarding LGBTQ issues, ADF argues for the rights of Christians and others to practice their deeply held belief system. Even President Obama said that there are people of good faith on both sides of this issue as, indeed marriage between a man and woman has been enshrined for many thousands of years, but SPLC now has to be more progressive than even President Obama. Former Attorney General Ed Meese wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, One doesnt have to agree with ADFs views to see the problem of treating this law firm as the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan.

SPLCs senior leaders simply do not believe the organization can survive merely by targeting the wickedness of the KKK and neo-Nazi organizations. Instead the leadership believes it must label conservatives and Christians as hate groups. SPLC leaders simply cannot accept that the overwhelming majority of Americans reject racism, sexism, and hatred of other people. SPLC Leadership cannot accept that America is an even more loving nation than when SPLC was founded. In 2014 the FBI, under President Obama no less, said they would no longer use the SPLC criteria of hate groups as its own. There is a reason for that.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has become a leftist mouthpiece and, guided by its progressive evolution, a hate group. The SPLC evolution is not surprising. As clear as the laws of physics, where leftism is found, hatred, bigotry, and intolerance will soon follow. They have no tolerance for those who argue for religious freedom to Christians and even Muslims who are opposed to female genital mutilation.

Make no mistake, SPLC will continue labeling more and more conservative and Christian groups as hate groups. However, the real victim is not just conservative organizations. It is the those who need the services of a legal group to defend them because of real hatred. Because SPLC has cried wolf one too many times and it has diminished the definition of what a hate group is. They are too far gone now to turn back and will continue their slide into illegitimacy. They could, however, regain their legitimacy by listing a new group as a hate group. They could start by listing the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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SPLC encourages Trump administration to protect ‘Dreamers’ – Southern Poverty Law Center

In many cases, young people in the DACA program know of no other home than the United States. They have lived here, attended school here and become an integral part of our communities. They should not have to live in fear of being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deported.

As 20 state attorneys general explained in a letter to the president Friday, this administration should maintain the policies and practices of the Obama administration, which allowed these young Dreamers to come out of the shadows, attend college, obtain employment, pay taxes and be more productive members of our communities.

Whats more, Congress should support legislation like the Dream Act. This legislation, which was reintroduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, provides a pathway to citizenship for these young people and ensures that their lives arent easily subject to the political whims of any administration.

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Southern Poverty defends its attacks on Christians – WND.com

The left-wingSouthern Poverty Law Center, which has been in the spotlight recentlyfor its practice of designatingconservative non-profits as hate groups, has gone on defense.

Richard Cohen, the president of SPLC, which has been linked to a domestic terror attack, wrote in a Huffington Post commentary that Christians deserve the designationbecause they sow the seeds of hate.

For adhering to a biblical perspective on homosexuality, for one thing.

The Family Research Council, wrote Cohen, has a long track record of using dehumanizing language and outright lies to portray LGBT people as sick, evil, and a danger to children and society. As stated on its website, it opposes the acceptance of homosexuality in the law, in the media, and in the schools.’

He also renewed his groups attacks on the conservative Center for Immigration Studies.

Its a group whose immigration agenda is colored by ethnic bias, he claimed.

SPLCs defense of its activities comes on the heels of alawsuit against the charity-monitoring organization GuideStarover its use of SPLCs hatedesignations.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability warned GuideStar its use of false SPLC claims to undermine Christian organizations was damaging its own credibility.

SPLC sits in judgment of Christians and others, labeling as haters those who disagree with its pro-homosexual and open- borders agendas. In fact, SPLC put Dr. Ben Carson in that category before facing a backlash and abruptly backtracking.

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Paul Bedard documented in his Washington Secrets column that some of the groups targeted by SPLC now are unleashing a public counteroffensive, accusing the organization of fueling hate, killing free speech and even encouraging terrorist-style attacks on those it doesnt agree with.

WND reportedLiberty Counsel sued GuideStar for its decision to use SPLC claims to label certain conservative and Christian groups.

Then the Alliance Defending Freedom demanded an apology from ABC News for quoting SPLC in a slam of ADF.

Bedard explained the new effort by the targets of SPLC includes a video and a tweetstorm that took aim at SPLCs so-called hate map, which identifies groups it says promotes hate and extremism.

SPLC lumps together groups such as the Ku Klux Klan with conservative nonprofits that promote traditional marriage, enforcement of immigration laws and other policies to which it objects.

Bedard said the campaign is led by the Washington-based Family Research Council.

SPLC was linked to the attempted mass murder in 2012 at FRCs Washington, D.C., office. Floyd Corkins II confessed to the FBI he was motivated by the so-called Hate Map on the SPLC website that listed FRC as a hate group.

WND reported a video showed Corkins entering the FRC offices and confronting Leo Johnson.

FRC repeatedly has explained it adheres to a biblical perspective on homosexuality but is not anti-gay.

SPLC also was linked to the June attack on congressional Republicans at a baseball practice before a charity game. SPLC admitted the shooter, James Hodgkinson, liked SPLC on Facebook, Liberty Counsel said.

SPLC previously contended Scalise promoted white supremacy and supported a hate group,’ LC noted.

A spokesman for the campaign told Bedard: Despite SPLCs baggage which also includes connections to two liberal gunmen they continue to be cited as a credible source by mainstream media and others. With SPLC in the spotlight, we must expose this organization for what it really is a left wing smear group who has become exactly what they set out to fight, spreading hate and putting targets on peoples backs.

The report noted the huge victory by conservatives in just the last few weeks in the GuideStar case.

The organization, which reports details about charities in the U.S., began citing SPLCs hate designation on its pages. It first got a letter from dozens of Christian organizations and quickly retreated by removing the labels.

However, the slander already hurt the reputation of the organizations, a lawsuit claims, and GuideStar should be held liable for the damages.

At the site for the D. James Kennedy ministry was an explanation of the campaign:

Once a group dedicated to fighting actual hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center has now turned to slandering and demonizing Christian and conservative organizations, labeling them hate groups. These groups are placed in the same category as the KKK on the SLPCs hate map for merely upholding traditional standards of marriage and sexual morality.

The SPLC has enlisted in the culture wars on the side of the radical Left, and raised a huge amount of money from misled followers in doing so. Their false designations and demonization of Christians and conservatives has even led to violence.

This special program exposes the fraudulent and dangerous work of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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The Profits of Hate campaign contends SPLC is in the culture wars on the side of the radical left.

Tweets with criticisms of SPLC included:

Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which also was targeted by SPLC, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Virginia asking the court to declare that GuideStars publication of SPLCs false and misleading report designating Liberty Counsel as a hate group amounted to defamation, violating the Lanham Act, which prohibits false or misleading statements that harm a consumer or business.

SPLC also has exhibited behavior so egregious it was reprimanded by the far-left administration of Barack Obama.

Judicial Watch, citing a letter to Michael M. Hethmon, senior counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, and others, said the DOJ reprimand came in 2016 but was kept quiet at the agencys request.

[It] involves the SPLCs atrocious behavior during immigration court proceedings. Two groups that oppose illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), were the target of personal, baseless and below-the-belt attacks from SPLC attorneys during official immigration court proceedings. The SPLC filed a motion attacking and defaming the two respected nonprofits by describing them as white supremacist, eugenicist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic. In its reprimand the DOJ says it is troubled by the conduct of SPLC lawyer Christopher Strawn and that his conduct overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional. Furthermore, SPLC made uncivil comments that disparaged FAIR and its staff, the rebuke states, adding that the language constitutes frivolous behavior and doesnt aid in the administration of justice, Judicial Watch explained.

The Obama administration kept the reprimand confidential and asked FAIR and IRLI to keep it under wraps. In the meantime, SPLC continues to publicly trash the groups and escalate attacks against them by putting them on the official hate list. The executive director and general counsel of IRLI, Dale Wilcox, says his nonprofit and FAIR will keep fighting for immigration policies that put America first. The SPLCs latest tactic in its never-ending witch-hunt and the federal governments resulting reprimand should send the following message to the mainstream media, Wilcox said: Stop using the SPLC as a legitimate hate-watch source in your news coverage. That a cabal of biased list-keepers can play such an important role in distorting the immigration debate in this country is testament to the utter failure of much of the mainstream media which frequently publishes their inflammatory commentary and refuses to question their baseless methods or financial motivations,’ Judicial Watch said.

The letter explained the DOJ stopped short of formal disciplinary proceeding[s], instead opting for the rebuke in the letter.

We take this opportunity to remind the attorney practitioners involved in this misconduct that practitioners before EOIR should be striving to be civil and professional in their interactions with each other, the public, the board and immigration courts. Attorneys owe a duty of professionalism to their clients, opposing parties and their counsel, the courts, and the public as a whole.

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SPLC program offers grants to educators teaching tolerance – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants program offers grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for such projects that include marginalized students, promote an affirming school climate and educate young people to thrive in a diverse democracy. Educators who work in public or private K-12 schools, as well as alternative schools, therapeutic schools and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply here. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Teachers and administrators know best how to come up with innovative ways to teach their students to fight bigotry and hate, said Maureen Costello, Teaching Tolerance director. We want to help them turn those ideas into projects that will have a big impact on the way students see themselves, and how they view and treat others. The program will feature two funding tracks, one for projects implemented at the school level and the other at the classroom level. The school-level track will support projects that are driven by a schools leadership team to improve school climate, reduce hate, support culturally responsive practices and implement an anti-bias curriculum. At the classroom level, teachers will use the grants to fund programming that promotes empathy and kindness, positive identity development, perspective taking and critical thinking. All grantees will be asked to submit a post-project evaluation form to demonstrate the programs impact. Our hope is to build, over time, a network of educators who are enthusiastic about learning from each other and will share their experiences fighting injustice in their schools with the broader Teaching Tolerance community, Costello said. Instead of allowing prejudice and hate to fester in the minds of our young people, we want to cultivate future generations with greater empathy, kindness and understanding for one another.

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SPLC Files Ethics Complaint Against Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for Issuing Fake Subpoenas – Southern Poverty Law Center

An investigation is needed to determine the scope of the practice and to hold the lawyers involved accountable for violations of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, which forbid lawyers from engaging in deception, according to the complaint. The filing notes that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has admitted that his office had engaged in the practice since 2009, but has refused to divulge which assistant district attorneys were also involved. If the board finds that violations occurred, it could recommend probation, admonition or the filing of formal charges against Cannizzaro or the attorneys under his leadership who used the fake subpoenas. District attorneys have almost unchecked discretion in our criminal justice system, said Lisa Graybill, SPLC deputy legal director. As Louisianans work to reform the states criminal justice system and shed the title of incarceration capital of the world, district attorneys must be held accountable when they abuse the publics trust. These bogus subpoenas violated peoples legal rights through manipulation and intimidation. An investigation is needed to restore the publics confidence, and prevent other prosecutors from engaging in such misconduct. A subpoena is a courts written order compelling a person to appear before the court or face a penalty. A subpoena cannot be issued by a district attorney. The false subpoenas warned that a person may face a fine or imprisonment for failure to appear before prosecutors for questioning. The office even sought the arrest of at least one person who failed to respond to a false subpoena. Cannizzaros office initially defended the documents, but later announced it would stop issuing them. Cannizzaro also attempted to deflect blame by explaining that the practice has been in use by the office for decades well before his tenure. This admission, according to the complaint, only underscores the need for an investigation because it heightens concerns about the depth and breadth of this practice. The district attorneys other practices have also drawn attention and made headlines. Earlier this year, Cannizzaro jailed crime victims including victims of rape who did not want to testify in court. Last year, the SPLC report More Harm Than Good documented how Cannizzaros office prosecutes children as adults in unprecedented numbers. The SPLC filed a similar complaint today against Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick for issuing documents labeled as subpoenas. Unlike the documents issued by Cannizzaros office, they did not threaten punishment for noncompliance, but did order witnesses to come to the DAs office. Connicks office has stopped the practice, replacing the documents with letters requesting witness cooperation. His office has not revealed which assistant district attorneys used the fake subpoenas.

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Lankford right to call out group for using broad brush – NewsOK.com

The Southern Poverty Law Center is notorious for using a broad brush and undefined criteria when designating hate groups, which is why it routinely tars the reputations of mainstream organizations. Yet some media outlets have gullibly and uncritically repeated the SPLC’s propaganda. In a recent letter to ABC News President James Goldston, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, noted the danger that represents. In this country, we have the ability and freedom to disagree. However, disagreement is not the same as discrimination and it’s not the same as hate, Lankford wrote. As journalists and members of the government, we have a responsibility to distinguish between the two. The SPLC labeled a religious liberty nonprofit, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a hate group, primarily because the group doesn’t support same-sex marriage. ABC was among the media outlets that subsequently referred to the alliance as a hate group in its reporting. Yet as Lankford wrote, I found it odd that ABC would designate ADF as a hate group not based on any actual crime or action, but apparently based on their belief in religious liberty or traditional marriage. Since I think I can confidently assume that ABC News is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, why would ABC News label a peaceful group as a hate group’ simply because of a difference of opinion? Indeed. If believing in a traditional one man and one woman view of marriage is all it takes to be part of a hate group, then millions of Americans fall into the category. In 2008, that membership label would have even applied to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both opposed same-sex marriage at the time. Obama even declared, I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian for me for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. Obama’s 2008 comments are in line with those of officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom. On its website, the alliance says it has won 80 percent of the cases it has filed in the courts. These include cases that range from defending zoning ordinances that limit sexually oriented businesses, to defending bans on partial-birth abortion, to defending the free-speech rights of public employees outside the workplace. In some instances, the legal arguments advanced by the alliance have been endorsed in unanimous rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. That contradicts the SPLC’s claim the alliance is somehow far outside the mainstream of American society or legal thought. The alliance is far from the only group or individual smeared by the SPLC. Mark Pulliam, a contributing editor at the Library of Law and Liberty, writes that the SPLC branded Somali-born reformer Ayaan Hirsi Ali an anti-Muslin extremist’ for her opposition to female genital mutilation and other oppressive Islamic practices SPLC has also labeled those favoring immigration restrictions as hate groups, and even declared Ben Carson, the mild-mannered neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, an extremist. The list goes on. Lankford is right to call out the Southern Poverty Law Center for its practices. Until it changes its ways, its evaluations should be taken with a healthy grain of salt if not ignored altogether.

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SPLC: RAISE Act Attacks American Ideals, Reflects White Nationalist Agenda – Southern Poverty Law Center

Its provisions reflect the shameful agenda of nativists and white nationalists who fear the growing diversity of our country. Were not surprised that this bill has gained the support of President Trump, who has welcomed allies of the white nationalist movement into his administration, issued a Muslim ban, and called Mexican immigrants rapists and killers.

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SPLC Hate Map – Southern Poverty Law Center | SPLCinfo.com

Morris Dees, Founder of the SPLC One example of the SPLCs tactics is its Interactive Hate Map. The SPLC Hate Map is a scam designed to portray political organizations that disagree with the SPLC in a negative light. Pitched as an easy-to-use list of hate groups, its really just a mash-up of organizations that hold political views opposed to those pushed by the SPLC. There are a few genuine hate groups tossed in most of them neo-Nazi organizations. But the presence of a small number of actual hate groups merely seems calculated to lead map users to the conclusion that mainstream political opponents of the SPLC are guilty by association. Designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and published on SPLCenter.org, the Hate Map only contains information that the SPLC wants you to see. Anything that might accurately portray a group of which the SPLC disapproves is deliberately left out. While the map may have once had noble intentions, it now has a sinister dark side. Overall, the Hate Map actually contains very little accurate, useful information. For example, groups like the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR) work responsibly and more importantly, totally transparently on issues connected with immigration policy, national security, and the economy. These organizations exist to inform the public about the potential negative effects of uncontrolled mass migration. Americans want good information on controversial issues, so they can make responsible decisions when voting and communicating with their political leaders. Thats how political debate in the United States works. However, the SPLC doesnt agree with the political positions that CIS, CAPS, FAIR, and other organizations focused on political issues believe in, so it intentionally misleads the public in order to squelch open debate. Its much easier to slander your opponents with emotionally-charged slurs than it is to engage them in logical arguments about questionable policies.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Is a Hate Group – Townhall

| Posted: Jul 26, 2017 9:23 AM Like many leftist organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, started out with good intentions. It was founded in 1971 by Morris Dees and Joseph Levin and is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. The Southern Poverty Law Center rightly condemned, as did conservatives such as the great William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan, the American Nazi Party and the Democrat-affiliated Ku Klux Klan. A favorite SPLC tactic was suing Klan affiliated organizations for their crimes and then distributing the money to the victims. This strategy has been effective in financially hurting many Klan related organizations. SPLC, though always leftist in nature, bravely stood strong through attacks on its headquarters and threats against its leaders by Klansman. That is to be commended. Sadly, the Southern Poverty Law Center has more than lost its way. The going astray from the original mission can be traced back to 1986, when most of the organization resigned, except founder Morris Dees, when Dees turned the focus of the group to strictly monitoring hate groups. The list of hate groups has kept getting longer and longer while our nation has become more tolerant of those who are different. In March 2013, the publication Foreign Policy ran an expose on the methodology of SPLCs listing of hate groups, noting that SPLC counted many groups several times. The overall impression from SPLCs list is designed to make Americans believe that America is a nation filled with racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and every other form of hatred that the conservative cause specifically disavows. SPLCs senior leadership is shameful. It uses its past legacy of fighting against racism to add legitimacy to their evolving agenda of hatred towards the large number of Americans who hold conservative and religious values. In 2010, SPLC added the conservative Family Research Council to its list of hate groups. In early 2015, SPLC added Dr. Ben Carson to its list of hate groups. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an atheist, feminist, and former Muslim who speaks out against female genital mutilation, was added to the SPLC hate list in recent years. Ali has many death threats on her life by Islamic radicals but SPLC labels her, and not those who have made the threats, on the hate watch list. The most recent SPLC controversy involves labeling the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a speech to ADF last week and was immediately vilified by the left wing media such as ABC for associating with an alleged hate group. How ridiculous. Alliance Defending Freedom was founded to “advocate for the rights of people to peacefully and freely speak, live and work according to their faith and conscience without threat of government punishment.” ADF has won seven Supreme Court cases in the last seven years including the recent Trinity Lutheran v. Comer religious liberty case. ADF has also won over 400 victories regarding academic freedom in the university. ADF consistently brings cases to the United States Supreme Court and wins. Regarding LGBTQ issues, ADF argues for the rights of Christians and others to practice their deeply held belief system. Even President Obama said that there are people of good faith on both sides of this issue as, indeed marriage between a man and woman has been enshrined for many thousands of years, but SPLC now has to be more progressive than even President Obama. Former Attorney General Ed Meese wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, One doesnt have to agree with ADFs views to see the problem of treating this law firm as the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. SPLCs senior leaders simply do not believe the organization can survive merely by targeting the wickedness of the KKK and neo-Nazi organizations. Instead the leadership believes it must label conservatives and Christians as hate groups. SPLC leaders simply cannot accept that the overwhelming majority of Americans reject racism, sexism, and hatred of other people. SPLC Leadership cannot accept that America is an even more loving nation than when SPLC was founded. In 2014 the FBI, under President Obama no less, said they would no longer use the SPLC criteria of hate groups as its own. There is a reason for that. The Southern Poverty Law Center has become a leftist mouthpiece and, guided by its progressive evolution, a hate group. The SPLC evolution is not surprising. As clear as the laws of physics, where leftism is found, hatred, bigotry, and intolerance will soon follow. They have no tolerance for those who argue for religious freedom to Christians and even Muslims who are opposed to female genital mutilation. Make no mistake, SPLC will continue labeling more and more conservative and Christian groups as hate groups. However, the real victim is not just conservative organizations. It is the those who need the services of a legal group to defend them because of real hatred. Because SPLC has cried wolf one too many times and it has diminished the definition of what a hate group is. They are too far gone now to turn back and will continue their slide into illegitimacy. They could, however, regain their legitimacy by listing a new group as a hate group. They could start by listing the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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SPLC encourages Trump administration to protect ‘Dreamers’ – Southern Poverty Law Center

In many cases, young people in the DACA program know of no other home than the United States. They have lived here, attended school here and become an integral part of our communities. They should not have to live in fear of being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deported. As 20 state attorneys general explained in a letter to the president Friday, this administration should maintain the policies and practices of the Obama administration, which allowed these young Dreamers to come out of the shadows, attend college, obtain employment, pay taxes and be more productive members of our communities. Whats more, Congress should support legislation like the Dream Act. This legislation, which was reintroduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, provides a pathway to citizenship for these young people and ensures that their lives arent easily subject to the political whims of any administration.

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Southern Poverty defends its attacks on Christians – WND.com

The left-wingSouthern Poverty Law Center, which has been in the spotlight recentlyfor its practice of designatingconservative non-profits as hate groups, has gone on defense. Richard Cohen, the president of SPLC, which has been linked to a domestic terror attack, wrote in a Huffington Post commentary that Christians deserve the designationbecause they sow the seeds of hate. For adhering to a biblical perspective on homosexuality, for one thing. The Family Research Council, wrote Cohen, has a long track record of using dehumanizing language and outright lies to portray LGBT people as sick, evil, and a danger to children and society. As stated on its website, it opposes the acceptance of homosexuality in the law, in the media, and in the schools.’ He also renewed his groups attacks on the conservative Center for Immigration Studies. Its a group whose immigration agenda is colored by ethnic bias, he claimed. SPLCs defense of its activities comes on the heels of alawsuit against the charity-monitoring organization GuideStarover its use of SPLCs hatedesignations. The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability warned GuideStar its use of false SPLC claims to undermine Christian organizations was damaging its own credibility. SPLC sits in judgment of Christians and others, labeling as haters those who disagree with its pro-homosexual and open- borders agendas. In fact, SPLC put Dr. Ben Carson in that category before facing a backlash and abruptly backtracking. Get the Whistleblower Magazines revelations about SPLC in The Hate Racket, the story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis and rakes in millions doing it. Paul Bedard documented in his Washington Secrets column that some of the groups targeted by SPLC now are unleashing a public counteroffensive, accusing the organization of fueling hate, killing free speech and even encouraging terrorist-style attacks on those it doesnt agree with. WND reportedLiberty Counsel sued GuideStar for its decision to use SPLC claims to label certain conservative and Christian groups. Then the Alliance Defending Freedom demanded an apology from ABC News for quoting SPLC in a slam of ADF. Bedard explained the new effort by the targets of SPLC includes a video and a tweetstorm that took aim at SPLCs so-called hate map, which identifies groups it says promotes hate and extremism. SPLC lumps together groups such as the Ku Klux Klan with conservative nonprofits that promote traditional marriage, enforcement of immigration laws and other policies to which it objects. Bedard said the campaign is led by the Washington-based Family Research Council. SPLC was linked to the attempted mass murder in 2012 at FRCs Washington, D.C., office. Floyd Corkins II confessed to the FBI he was motivated by the so-called Hate Map on the SPLC website that listed FRC as a hate group. WND reported a video showed Corkins entering the FRC offices and confronting Leo Johnson. FRC repeatedly has explained it adheres to a biblical perspective on homosexuality but is not anti-gay. SPLC also was linked to the June attack on congressional Republicans at a baseball practice before a charity game. SPLC admitted the shooter, James Hodgkinson, liked SPLC on Facebook, Liberty Counsel said. SPLC previously contended Scalise promoted white supremacy and supported a hate group,’ LC noted. A spokesman for the campaign told Bedard: Despite SPLCs baggage which also includes connections to two liberal gunmen they continue to be cited as a credible source by mainstream media and others. With SPLC in the spotlight, we must expose this organization for what it really is a left wing smear group who has become exactly what they set out to fight, spreading hate and putting targets on peoples backs. The report noted the huge victory by conservatives in just the last few weeks in the GuideStar case. The organization, which reports details about charities in the U.S., began citing SPLCs hate designation on its pages. It first got a letter from dozens of Christian organizations and quickly retreated by removing the labels. However, the slander already hurt the reputation of the organizations, a lawsuit claims, and GuideStar should be held liable for the damages. At the site for the D. James Kennedy ministry was an explanation of the campaign: Once a group dedicated to fighting actual hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center has now turned to slandering and demonizing Christian and conservative organizations, labeling them hate groups. These groups are placed in the same category as the KKK on the SLPCs hate map for merely upholding traditional standards of marriage and sexual morality. The SPLC has enlisted in the culture wars on the side of the radical Left, and raised a huge amount of money from misled followers in doing so. Their false designations and demonization of Christians and conservatives has even led to violence. This special program exposes the fraudulent and dangerous work of the Southern Poverty Law Center. A video then explained: The Profits of Hate campaign contends SPLC is in the culture wars on the side of the radical left. Tweets with criticisms of SPLC included: Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which also was targeted by SPLC, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Virginia asking the court to declare that GuideStars publication of SPLCs false and misleading report designating Liberty Counsel as a hate group amounted to defamation, violating the Lanham Act, which prohibits false or misleading statements that harm a consumer or business. SPLC also has exhibited behavior so egregious it was reprimanded by the far-left administration of Barack Obama. Judicial Watch, citing a letter to Michael M. Hethmon, senior counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, and others, said the DOJ reprimand came in 2016 but was kept quiet at the agencys request. [It] involves the SPLCs atrocious behavior during immigration court proceedings. Two groups that oppose illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), were the target of personal, baseless and below-the-belt attacks from SPLC attorneys during official immigration court proceedings. The SPLC filed a motion attacking and defaming the two respected nonprofits by describing them as white supremacist, eugenicist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic. In its reprimand the DOJ says it is troubled by the conduct of SPLC lawyer Christopher Strawn and that his conduct overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional. Furthermore, SPLC made uncivil comments that disparaged FAIR and its staff, the rebuke states, adding that the language constitutes frivolous behavior and doesnt aid in the administration of justice, Judicial Watch explained. The Obama administration kept the reprimand confidential and asked FAIR and IRLI to keep it under wraps. In the meantime, SPLC continues to publicly trash the groups and escalate attacks against them by putting them on the official hate list. The executive director and general counsel of IRLI, Dale Wilcox, says his nonprofit and FAIR will keep fighting for immigration policies that put America first. The SPLCs latest tactic in its never-ending witch-hunt and the federal governments resulting reprimand should send the following message to the mainstream media, Wilcox said: Stop using the SPLC as a legitimate hate-watch source in your news coverage. That a cabal of biased list-keepers can play such an important role in distorting the immigration debate in this country is testament to the utter failure of much of the mainstream media which frequently publishes their inflammatory commentary and refuses to question their baseless methods or financial motivations,’ Judicial Watch said. The letter explained the DOJ stopped short of formal disciplinary proceeding[s], instead opting for the rebuke in the letter. We take this opportunity to remind the attorney practitioners involved in this misconduct that practitioners before EOIR should be striving to be civil and professional in their interactions with each other, the public, the board and immigration courts. Attorneys owe a duty of professionalism to their clients, opposing parties and their counsel, the courts, and the public as a whole. Get Whistleblower Magazines revelations about SPLC in The Hate Racket, the complete story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis and rakes in millions in the process.

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