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No surprise that Hatewatch is a political tool, not an objective listing

In the academic study Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups, published in the January 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Professor John Yancey finds that Southern Poverty Law Center provides a concrete example of irrational shortcomings regarding the publishing of its Hatewatch list.

The academic paper was reported by Napp Nazworth at the Christian Post

The Hatewatch list is, in actual fact, a list of Southern Poverty Law Centers enemiesoftentimes Christian groups, for example. In August 2012, a man carrying a copy of that Hatewatch liststarted shooting in the lobby of the Family Research Council buildingin Washington, DC. Southern Poverty Law Center had placed the pro-Christian Family Research Council on its Hatewatch.

Yancey points out examples where, according to SPLCs definition of hate group, leftist organizations should be included on its list.

As our society became more politically partisan, SPLC cemented its position as speaking for those with progressive political and social attitudes. Rather than developing into an objective clearinghouse for the identification of hatred no matter where the source of that hatred may develop SPLC has become a useful organization for progressives to legitimate their battle against conservatives. Since conservative Christians are categorized as opponents there is little, if any, incentive for SPLC to recognize hateful expressions against Christians, because doing so actually works against the social vested interest of the group.

Even after the publishing of this study, SPLCs website forges ahead with erroneous and bizarre declarations that only suit its extremist political agenda. For example, see how SPLC tries to malign Patriot groups by including them with the Oklahoma City bombers. From the SPLC website:

Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 56 percent. This surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nations ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nations first African-American president.

These factors also are feeding a powerful resurgence of the antigovernment Patriot movement, which in the 1990s led to a string of domestic terrorist plots, including the Oklahoma City bombing. The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, skyrocketed following the election of President Obama in 2008 rising 813 percent, from 149 groups in 2008 to an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012. The number fell to 1,096 in 2013.

In 2010 Professor Jacobson detailed how the SPLCs Hatewatch and the organization in general has been detrimental in the real fight against hate:

Time and again SPLC, through its Hatewatch division, seeks to shut down debate by applying the hate group or similar epithets to political opponents, and those political opponents almost always are conservative.

Being labeled a hate groupby SPLC can be devastating, because most of the country is unaware of how politicized SPLC has become. Until I started blogging a little over two years ago, I too was working off of SPLCs prior reputation of fighting real hate groups, like the Klan.

Yanceys study ought to provide the impetus for a conversation amongst all level-headed academics about why groups like Southern Poverty Law Center are given a pass as they apply an arbitrary and partisan-fueled standard to intimidate, inspire fear, and malign those with whom they disagree.

As a sidenote, last summer I passed a group of women asking for signatures for the Southern Poverty Law Center. After hurrying by and refusing to sign, I stopped, turned around, and asked the woman if I could speak to her about the group. I told her how, as a Christian who believes wholeheartedly in the message of my faithof love and tolerance and of standards and of sin, I would be labeled as someone who promulgates hate.

She was shocked, said she had no idea who they were and was just doing it for a job. As I watched, she gathered the two other women and they left the street. I have no idea if they stopped asking for signatures, but I felt like it was my responsibility to let her knowand I encourage you to do the samethat while because a group says theyre fighting hate, your good intentions may be in fact enabling an organization that ought to examine itself along that score.

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Dear Concerned Friend,

Traditional Conservative and Christian groups are being labeled as hate groups by the mainstream media.

Why?

Because of the lies and deceit from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

According to the SPLC, support for traditional marriage and criticism of radical Islam both constitute hate.

And because of that, the SPLC has added legitimate conservative and Christian groups, including the Pacific Justice Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, and American Family Association to its Hate Map.

Theyre listed right alongside violent hate groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis and white separatists. Also listed as haters: former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, conservative authors Dinesh DSouza and David Horowitz and anti-radical Muslims Majiid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

This false and unfair categorization is well-known yet the mainstream media treats the Hate Map as if its the gospel truth, blindly parroting the SPLCs libelous claims.

The SPLC has devolved from an organization that once fought against real hate groups, such as the KKK, and has become a hate group itself.

It holds a powerful, national position as judge, jury, and executioner, labeling any group that opposes its extreme progressive ideology as a hate group. The SPLCs goal: To silence anyone it disagrees with and to drive traditional conservatives and Christians from the public square.

Under a false veneer of objectivity, the SPLC serves as the medias expert witness for evaluating extremism and hate. When the SPLC adds another name to its Hate Group List, the media comes running for another salacious story.

Again, and again, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC and other members of the mainstream media unethically tell viewers that reputable groups such as the Pacific Justice Institute and the Family Research Council, and conservatives such as Senator Rand Paul, Reverand Franklin Graham,and David Horowitz are haters, based solely on the SPLCs claims.

And these false labels do more than just damage reputations. They can also spark erratic violence.For example, in 2012, a liberal activist named Floyd Corkins shot up the Family Research Council offices in Washington, D.C. Corkins told the FBI he picked his target from the SPLCs hate group website.

It also appears that James Hodgkinson, the man who shot Congressman Steve Scalise during Republican baseball practice in June, was inspired by the SPLC.

The good news is, you now have a chance to fight back. I invite you to sign the petition below that will be sent:

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Hannah Scherlacher Falsely Accuses The SPLC Of Smearing …

Earlier this month, Peter wrote a piece examining how Religious Right groups and right-wing media outlets are waging an intensified campaign against the Southern Poverty Law Center in response to the SPLCs designation of various organizations as anti-LGBT hate groups.

The latest salvo in this campaign came from Hannah Scherlacher of Leadership Institutes Campus Reform program, who published a piece on Fox News today claiming that the SPLC smeared her by placing her on its hate list:

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 the Southern 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). 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.

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.

Scherlachers claims are entirely untrue, as she has not been been placed on the SPLCs list of anti-LGBT hate groups but was merely once mentioned in passing in one of its Anti-LGBT Roundup of Events and Activities posts.

The SPLC has designated the Family Research Council as an anti-LGBT hate group and as part of its coverage of FRCs work, the SPLC simply noted who had appeared on FRCs radio program in previous weeks (emphasis added):

FRCRadio Roundup:

FRC president Tony Perkins hosts a daily radio show, Washington Watch. Guests July 13 through July 31 included Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI); Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY); Faith Church of Budapests Michael Patkai; Katalin Novak (Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Hungary); Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX); Terry Jeffrey (editor, CNS News); Jerry Johnson (president, National Religious Broadcasters) guest hosted July 18; Ralph Reed; Jack Graham (pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, one of the evangelicals who prayed over President Trump in the Oval Office the week before); Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL); Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH; twice); Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA); Ken Blackwell; Lt. Gov. of Texas Dan Patrick; Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX); Jonathan Saenz (president, anti-LGBT group Texas Values); Ron Crews (director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty); Frank Wright (CEO, D. James Kennedy Ministries); Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD; twice); Carrie Severino (general counsel and policy director, Judicial Crisis Network); Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO); Hannah Sherlacher, Campus Reform program coordinator;Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK); Adm. Dean Lee; Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN); Kansas governor Sam Brownback; Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ); Eben Fowler (director of Bott Radio Network); former congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY); MO state senator Bob Onder; Virginia state delegate Bob Marshall; Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA); guest host Ronnie Floyd (pastor, Cross Church, Springdale AR); Rep. Steve Womack (R-AZ); Kevin Theriot (senior counsel,Alliance Defending Freedom*); Richard Land (president of Southern Evangelical Seminary).

Whats more, at the very top of the post, the SPLC noted that the people, like Scherlacher, who were mentioned in the post but not designated with an asterisk werenotthemselves on their list of anti-LGBT hate groups.

That one listing is the only mention of Scherlacher on the SPLCs website, rendering her complaint that she was unjustifiably placed on the Southern Poverty Law Centers (SPLC) LGBTQ hate-list and labeled an LGBT-hater laughably untrue.

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SPLC: Selling hate – wnd.com

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself the premier group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will fight the hate that thrives in our country.

I once believed in the centers mission. Well-meaning people still do. Apple just gave them a million dollars. So did actor George Clooney.

They shouldnt.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Somalia, where she suffered female genital mutilation. So now she speaks out against radical Islam. For that, SPLC put her on its list of dangerous extremists.

Maajid Nawaz was once an Islamic extremist. Then he started criticizing the radicals. SPLC labels him an anti-Muslim extremist, too.

While launching hateful smears like these, SPLC invites you to donate to them to join the fight against hatred and bigotry.

SPLC once fought useful fights. They took on the Ku Klux Klan. But now they go after people on the right with whom they disagree.

They call the Family Research Council a hate group because it says gay men are more likely to sexually abuse children.

Thats their belief. There is some evidence that supports it. Do they belong on a hate map, like the Ku Klux Klan, because they believe that evidence and worry about it?

I often disagree with the council, but calling them a hate group is unfair. In my YouTube video this week, the groups vice president, Jerry Boykin, tells me, I dont hate gay people. And I know gay people, and I have worked with gay people.

But once youre labeled a hate group, you are a target.

One man went to the Family Research Council headquarters to kill people, shooting a security guard in the arm before he was stopped.

The shooter told investigators that he attacked the FRC because he found them on SPLCs hate list.

Calling the council a hate group made its employees the target of real hate.

SPLC also smears the Ruth Institute, a Christian group that believes gays should not have an equal right to adopt children. The institutes president, Jennifer Roback Morse, says theyre not haters.

I like gay people. I have no problem with gay people. Thats not the issue. The issue is, what are we doing with kids and the definition of who counts as a parent.

The institute doesnt argue that gays should never adopt. There could be cases where the best person for a particular child would be their Uncle Harry and his boyfriend, Morse told me. But the institute wants preference given to a married mother and father.

For that, SPLC put the Ruth Institute on its hate map. That led the institutes credit card processor to stop working with them. In a letter to the institute, the processor company said that it had learned that the Ruth Institute promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse.

We went and checked our website, Morse told me, and we were already down.

I suspect SPLC labels lots of groups haters because crying hate brings in money.

Years ago, Harpers Magazine reported that SPLC was the wealthiest civil rights group in America, one that now spend most of its time and money on a fundraising campaign. People in Montgomery, Alabama, where SPLC is based, call its elegant new headquarters the Poverty Palace.

Morris Dees salary is more than my entire annual budget, says Morse. Whatever theyre doing, it pays.

Dees, SPLCs co-founder, promised to stop fundraising once his endowment hit $55 million. But when he reached $55 million, he upped the bar to $100 million, saying that would allow them to cease costly fundraising.

But again, when they reached $100 million, they didnt stop. Now they have $320 million a large chunk of which is kept in offshore accounts. Really. Its on their tax forms.

In return for those donations to SPLC, the world gets a group that now lists people like Ben Carson and Fox commentators Laura Ingraham, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Jeanine Pirro as extremists but doesnt list the leftist militant hate groups known as antifa.

SPLC is now a hate group itself. Its a money-grabbing slander machine.

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SPLC Archives – Washington Free Beacon

A newly formed nonpartisan legal nonprofit that arose out of concern emanating from the Trump administration with numerous connections to liberal outfits and public figures has launched a full-scale public relations effort in Washington, D.C., promoting its services of offering help to whistleblowers who come forward with information on government wrongdoing.

Antifa demonstrators in Portland, Ore., threw smoke bombs, rocks, and other objects at police while they protested an event held by the group Patriot Prayer on Sunday.

An institute that works to end family breakdown lost its payment processing company after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based liberal 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, had labeled the organization as a hate group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based legal advocacy nonprofit and civil rights watchdog, recently refused to designate the radical leftist movement known as antifa as a hate group, despite acknowledging that its members use violence and oppose free speech.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its hate group designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

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The SPLC is Tracking Tweets About Christmas as ‘Hate’

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I must confess Ive often scoffed at the idea that there was a War on Christmas, much less that anyone attempting to wage such a war had any hope of victory against the biggest holiday celebrated in America (and much of the world).

But then here comes the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with their new project: a hate tracker that is monitoring Twitter trends of extremists, including topics like Christmas.

The SPLC Hate Tracker launched a few months ago with a website (hatetracker.io) and a Twitter account (@splchatetracker). According to the website, the projects purpose is to detect trends in a community of far-right Twitter usersa range of extremists from the conspiratorial fringes of mainstream conservatism to outright white supremacists.

Screenshot from hatetracker.io, dated December 26, 2017.

Very little of this information is on the @splchatetracker Twitter account, which simply posts the latest top trend and also trending topics from their data. While some of the topics are associated with white nationalist groups like #altright, #whitegenocide, and #deportthemall, many topics are ones that no reasonable person would consider hateful, like #armynavygame, a reference to the annual college football matchup between the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point, or general news topics.

In recent days, the list has been dominated by Christmas topics, like #christmaseve, #christmas, #merrychristmas, #religion, and #jesus.

Some tweets combine Christmas topics with more controversial ones.

The account used to post a link to the website in their tweets, including a description of their project as Tracking trending topics among far-right Twitter accounts, but they stopped doing this for some unknown reason in early December.

The claimed sources for these tweets are SPLCs list of hate groups, a list of domestic organizations which they update at the beginning of every year. This list starts with various KKK and neo-Nazi groups but as you scroll down the list, youll find a number of groups that seem to be included for the crime of espousing Christian values or simply being conservative.

Liberty Counsel, a pro-bono law firm dedicated to defending religious liberty, is listed in the same category as the Westboro Baptist Church. Other organizations on the list may be hardliners on immigration policy, like FAIR and ALIPAC, but advocating for stronger border security and severe limits on immigration is not in and of itself hate.

Except, apparently, in the minds of the SPLC.

On the FAQ page, they insist that they are not listing organizations as hate groups merely for being conservative or espousing Biblical principles, and even make a point to highlight that they include some groups viewed as anti-white and leftist like the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. But still, its the groups on the right that are their main concern:

But, as a general matter, prejudice on the basis of factors such as race is more prevalent on the far right than it is on the far left.

This does not mean that extremism and violence on the far left are not concerns. But groups that engage in anti-fascist violence (antifa), for example, differ from hate groups in that they are not typically organized around bigotry against people based on the characteristics listed above.

It should also be noted that the SPLC Hate Tracker mentions monitoring the trends of only far-right Twitter accounts. Iwas also unable to find any clarification on exactly which Twitter accounts SPLC was monitoring in order to produce this data.

Even if youre willing to be charitable and give the SPLC the benefit of the doubt that their main goal isnt to demonize conservatives, its hard to argue that isnt the practical result of this project. When they fail to be fully transparent about their data sources and the Twitter account posts that they are a hate tracker monitoring topics like Christmas, what is a reasonable person supposed to believe, other than they consider tweeting about Christmas a potentially hateful activity?

The SPLC put their cards on the table when they expressly state they are monitoring far-right Twitter accounts, but not far-left accounts. They also assert that many hate groups operate in the mainstream.

Can organizations operating in the mainstream be hate groups?

Yes. In fact, its even more important to call out groups that demonize others while having a foothold in the mainstream. Its easy to recognize the hater in a white sheet for what he or she is. Its the wolf in sheeps clothing thats harder to identify.

What the SPLC should realize is that this clumsily-executed Hate Tracker project is providing fuel to the fire for those who have used a perceived War on Christmas as a rallying cry, clickbait method, or fundraising appeal.

President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the War on Christmas and has been taking credit for making it OK to say Merry Christmas again, a claim that has caused many in the media to scoff.

This War on Christmas has been a topic of countless commentary panels on Fox News Channel programs and fundraising pleas from conservative groups. In my email inbox today was one such missive, exhorting supporters to celebrate the holiday season and pray while we still can.

If the SPLC is going to insist on tweeting that #christmas is something worth monitoring as potentially hateful and make such a concerted effort to connect hate groups with mainstream conservatism, they should consider reporting their expenses for the SPLC Hate Tracker as an in-kind contribution to Trumps reelection campaign.

[Note about authenticity: I was originally skeptical that @splchatetracker was a real account, but the hatetracker.io website uses the exact same logo and design as the official SPLC website, and contains multiple links to official SPLC content. I called the phone number listed for a media contact on the SPLC website for a comment, but have not received a response. If I do, I will update this article.]

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Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch | SPLC | Bias

No surprise that Hatewatch is a political tool, not an objective listing In the academic study Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups, published in the January 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Professor John Yancey finds that Southern Poverty Law Center provides a concrete example of irrational shortcomings regarding the publishing of its Hatewatch list. The academic paper was reported by Napp Nazworth at the Christian Post The Hatewatch list is, in actual fact, a list of Southern Poverty Law Centers enemiesoftentimes Christian groups, for example. In August 2012, a man carrying a copy of that Hatewatch liststarted shooting in the lobby of the Family Research Council buildingin Washington, DC. Southern Poverty Law Center had placed the pro-Christian Family Research Council on its Hatewatch. Yancey points out examples where, according to SPLCs definition of hate group, leftist organizations should be included on its list. As our society became more politically partisan, SPLC cemented its position as speaking for those with progressive political and social attitudes. Rather than developing into an objective clearinghouse for the identification of hatred no matter where the source of that hatred may develop SPLC has become a useful organization for progressives to legitimate their battle against conservatives. Since conservative Christians are categorized as opponents there is little, if any, incentive for SPLC to recognize hateful expressions against Christians, because doing so actually works against the social vested interest of the group. Even after the publishing of this study, SPLCs website forges ahead with erroneous and bizarre declarations that only suit its extremist political agenda. For example, see how SPLC tries to malign Patriot groups by including them with the Oklahoma City bombers. From the SPLC website: Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 56 percent. This surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nations ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nations first African-American president. These factors also are feeding a powerful resurgence of the antigovernment Patriot movement, which in the 1990s led to a string of domestic terrorist plots, including the Oklahoma City bombing. The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, skyrocketed following the election of President Obama in 2008 rising 813 percent, from 149 groups in 2008 to an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012. The number fell to 1,096 in 2013. In 2010 Professor Jacobson detailed how the SPLCs Hatewatch and the organization in general has been detrimental in the real fight against hate: Time and again SPLC, through its Hatewatch division, seeks to shut down debate by applying the hate group or similar epithets to political opponents, and those political opponents almost always are conservative. Being labeled a hate groupby SPLC can be devastating, because most of the country is unaware of how politicized SPLC has become. Until I started blogging a little over two years ago, I too was working off of SPLCs prior reputation of fighting real hate groups, like the Klan. Yanceys study ought to provide the impetus for a conversation amongst all level-headed academics about why groups like Southern Poverty Law Center are given a pass as they apply an arbitrary and partisan-fueled standard to intimidate, inspire fear, and malign those with whom they disagree. As a sidenote, last summer I passed a group of women asking for signatures for the Southern Poverty Law Center. After hurrying by and refusing to sign, I stopped, turned around, and asked the woman if I could speak to her about the group. I told her how, as a Christian who believes wholeheartedly in the message of my faithof love and tolerance and of standards and of sin, I would be labeled as someone who promulgates hate. She was shocked, said she had no idea who they were and was just doing it for a job. As I watched, she gathered the two other women and they left the street. I have no idea if they stopped asking for signatures, but I felt like it was my responsibility to let her knowand I encourage you to do the samethat while because a group says theyre fighting hate, your good intentions may be in fact enabling an organization that ought to examine itself along that score. For all Legal Insurrection posts regarding the Southern Poverty Law Center, see our SPLC Tag, including these posts: (Featured image: Mark Potok of SPLC Hatewatch blaming radical right for Gabby Giffords shooting YouTube)

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Dear Concerned Friend, Traditional Conservative and Christian groups are being labeled as hate groups by the mainstream media. Why? Because of the lies and deceit from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to the SPLC, support for traditional marriage and criticism of radical Islam both constitute hate. And because of that, the SPLC has added legitimate conservative and Christian groups, including the Pacific Justice Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, and American Family Association to its Hate Map. Theyre listed right alongside violent hate groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis and white separatists. Also listed as haters: former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, conservative authors Dinesh DSouza and David Horowitz and anti-radical Muslims Majiid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This false and unfair categorization is well-known yet the mainstream media treats the Hate Map as if its the gospel truth, blindly parroting the SPLCs libelous claims. The SPLC has devolved from an organization that once fought against real hate groups, such as the KKK, and has become a hate group itself. It holds a powerful, national position as judge, jury, and executioner, labeling any group that opposes its extreme progressive ideology as a hate group. The SPLCs goal: To silence anyone it disagrees with and to drive traditional conservatives and Christians from the public square. Under a false veneer of objectivity, the SPLC serves as the medias expert witness for evaluating extremism and hate. When the SPLC adds another name to its Hate Group List, the media comes running for another salacious story. Again, and again, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC and other members of the mainstream media unethically tell viewers that reputable groups such as the Pacific Justice Institute and the Family Research Council, and conservatives such as Senator Rand Paul, Reverand Franklin Graham,and David Horowitz are haters, based solely on the SPLCs claims. And these false labels do more than just damage reputations. They can also spark erratic violence.For example, in 2012, a liberal activist named Floyd Corkins shot up the Family Research Council offices in Washington, D.C. Corkins told the FBI he picked his target from the SPLCs hate group website. It also appears that James Hodgkinson, the man who shot Congressman Steve Scalise during Republican baseball practice in June, was inspired by the SPLC. The good news is, you now have a chance to fight back. I invite you to sign the petition below that will be sent: To the media Their advertisers Corporate Donors, such as Apple To express your disapproval of using the SPLCs Hate Map as a resource for identifying hate groups, please sign the petition below.

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Hannah Scherlacher Falsely Accuses The SPLC Of Smearing …

Earlier this month, Peter wrote a piece examining how Religious Right groups and right-wing media outlets are waging an intensified campaign against the Southern Poverty Law Center in response to the SPLCs designation of various organizations as anti-LGBT hate groups. The latest salvo in this campaign came from Hannah Scherlacher of Leadership Institutes Campus Reform program, who published a piece on Fox News today claiming that the SPLC smeared her by placing her on its hate list: 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 the Southern 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). 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. 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. Scherlachers claims are entirely untrue, as she has not been been placed on the SPLCs list of anti-LGBT hate groups but was merely once mentioned in passing in one of its Anti-LGBT Roundup of Events and Activities posts. The SPLC has designated the Family Research Council as an anti-LGBT hate group and as part of its coverage of FRCs work, the SPLC simply noted who had appeared on FRCs radio program in previous weeks (emphasis added): FRCRadio Roundup: FRC president Tony Perkins hosts a daily radio show, Washington Watch. Guests July 13 through July 31 included Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI); Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY); Faith Church of Budapests Michael Patkai; Katalin Novak (Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Hungary); Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX); Terry Jeffrey (editor, CNS News); Jerry Johnson (president, National Religious Broadcasters) guest hosted July 18; Ralph Reed; Jack Graham (pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, one of the evangelicals who prayed over President Trump in the Oval Office the week before); Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL); Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH; twice); Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA); Ken Blackwell; Lt. Gov. of Texas Dan Patrick; Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX); Jonathan Saenz (president, anti-LGBT group Texas Values); Ron Crews (director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty); Frank Wright (CEO, D. James Kennedy Ministries); Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD; twice); Carrie Severino (general counsel and policy director, Judicial Crisis Network); Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO); Hannah Sherlacher, Campus Reform program coordinator;Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK); Adm. Dean Lee; Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN); Kansas governor Sam Brownback; Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ); Eben Fowler (director of Bott Radio Network); former congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY); MO state senator Bob Onder; Virginia state delegate Bob Marshall; Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA); guest host Ronnie Floyd (pastor, Cross Church, Springdale AR); Rep. Steve Womack (R-AZ); Kevin Theriot (senior counsel,Alliance Defending Freedom*); Richard Land (president of Southern Evangelical Seminary). Whats more, at the very top of the post, the SPLC noted that the people, like Scherlacher, who were mentioned in the post but not designated with an asterisk werenotthemselves on their list of anti-LGBT hate groups. That one listing is the only mention of Scherlacher on the SPLCs website, rendering her complaint that she was unjustifiably placed on the Southern Poverty Law Centers (SPLC) LGBTQ hate-list and labeled an LGBT-hater laughably untrue.

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SPLC Labels Christmas Extremism – infowars.com

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SPLC: Selling hate – wnd.com

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself the premier group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will fight the hate that thrives in our country. I once believed in the centers mission. Well-meaning people still do. Apple just gave them a million dollars. So did actor George Clooney. They shouldnt. Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Somalia, where she suffered female genital mutilation. So now she speaks out against radical Islam. For that, SPLC put her on its list of dangerous extremists. Maajid Nawaz was once an Islamic extremist. Then he started criticizing the radicals. SPLC labels him an anti-Muslim extremist, too. While launching hateful smears like these, SPLC invites you to donate to them to join the fight against hatred and bigotry. SPLC once fought useful fights. They took on the Ku Klux Klan. But now they go after people on the right with whom they disagree. They call the Family Research Council a hate group because it says gay men are more likely to sexually abuse children. Thats their belief. There is some evidence that supports it. Do they belong on a hate map, like the Ku Klux Klan, because they believe that evidence and worry about it? I often disagree with the council, but calling them a hate group is unfair. In my YouTube video this week, the groups vice president, Jerry Boykin, tells me, I dont hate gay people. And I know gay people, and I have worked with gay people. But once youre labeled a hate group, you are a target. One man went to the Family Research Council headquarters to kill people, shooting a security guard in the arm before he was stopped. The shooter told investigators that he attacked the FRC because he found them on SPLCs hate list. Calling the council a hate group made its employees the target of real hate. SPLC also smears the Ruth Institute, a Christian group that believes gays should not have an equal right to adopt children. The institutes president, Jennifer Roback Morse, says theyre not haters. I like gay people. I have no problem with gay people. Thats not the issue. The issue is, what are we doing with kids and the definition of who counts as a parent. The institute doesnt argue that gays should never adopt. There could be cases where the best person for a particular child would be their Uncle Harry and his boyfriend, Morse told me. But the institute wants preference given to a married mother and father. For that, SPLC put the Ruth Institute on its hate map. That led the institutes credit card processor to stop working with them. In a letter to the institute, the processor company said that it had learned that the Ruth Institute promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse. We went and checked our website, Morse told me, and we were already down. I suspect SPLC labels lots of groups haters because crying hate brings in money. Years ago, Harpers Magazine reported that SPLC was the wealthiest civil rights group in America, one that now spend most of its time and money on a fundraising campaign. People in Montgomery, Alabama, where SPLC is based, call its elegant new headquarters the Poverty Palace. Morris Dees salary is more than my entire annual budget, says Morse. Whatever theyre doing, it pays. Dees, SPLCs co-founder, promised to stop fundraising once his endowment hit $55 million. But when he reached $55 million, he upped the bar to $100 million, saying that would allow them to cease costly fundraising. But again, when they reached $100 million, they didnt stop. Now they have $320 million a large chunk of which is kept in offshore accounts. Really. Its on their tax forms. In return for those donations to SPLC, the world gets a group that now lists people like Ben Carson and Fox commentators Laura Ingraham, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Jeanine Pirro as extremists but doesnt list the leftist militant hate groups known as antifa. SPLC is now a hate group itself. Its a money-grabbing slander machine. Watch Stossels interviews:

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SPLC Archives – Washington Free Beacon

A newly formed nonpartisan legal nonprofit that arose out of concern emanating from the Trump administration with numerous connections to liberal outfits and public figures has launched a full-scale public relations effort in Washington, D.C., promoting its services of offering help to whistleblowers who come forward with information on government wrongdoing. Antifa demonstrators in Portland, Ore., threw smoke bombs, rocks, and other objects at police while they protested an event held by the group Patriot Prayer on Sunday. An institute that works to end family breakdown lost its payment processing company after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based liberal 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, had labeled the organization as a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based legal advocacy nonprofit and civil rights watchdog, recently refused to designate the radical leftist movement known as antifa as a hate group, despite acknowledging that its members use violence and oppose free speech. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its hate group designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

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The SPLC is Tracking Tweets About Christmas as ‘Hate’

Photo credit: Grumpy Santa by Richard Elzey via Flickr. I must confess Ive often scoffed at the idea that there was a War on Christmas, much less that anyone attempting to wage such a war had any hope of victory against the biggest holiday celebrated in America (and much of the world). But then here comes the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with their new project: a hate tracker that is monitoring Twitter trends of extremists, including topics like Christmas. The SPLC Hate Tracker launched a few months ago with a website (hatetracker.io) and a Twitter account (@splchatetracker). According to the website, the projects purpose is to detect trends in a community of far-right Twitter usersa range of extremists from the conspiratorial fringes of mainstream conservatism to outright white supremacists. Screenshot from hatetracker.io, dated December 26, 2017. Very little of this information is on the @splchatetracker Twitter account, which simply posts the latest top trend and also trending topics from their data. While some of the topics are associated with white nationalist groups like #altright, #whitegenocide, and #deportthemall, many topics are ones that no reasonable person would consider hateful, like #armynavygame, a reference to the annual college football matchup between the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point, or general news topics. In recent days, the list has been dominated by Christmas topics, like #christmaseve, #christmas, #merrychristmas, #religion, and #jesus. Some tweets combine Christmas topics with more controversial ones. The account used to post a link to the website in their tweets, including a description of their project as Tracking trending topics among far-right Twitter accounts, but they stopped doing this for some unknown reason in early December. The claimed sources for these tweets are SPLCs list of hate groups, a list of domestic organizations which they update at the beginning of every year. This list starts with various KKK and neo-Nazi groups but as you scroll down the list, youll find a number of groups that seem to be included for the crime of espousing Christian values or simply being conservative. Liberty Counsel, a pro-bono law firm dedicated to defending religious liberty, is listed in the same category as the Westboro Baptist Church. Other organizations on the list may be hardliners on immigration policy, like FAIR and ALIPAC, but advocating for stronger border security and severe limits on immigration is not in and of itself hate. Except, apparently, in the minds of the SPLC. On the FAQ page, they insist that they are not listing organizations as hate groups merely for being conservative or espousing Biblical principles, and even make a point to highlight that they include some groups viewed as anti-white and leftist like the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. But still, its the groups on the right that are their main concern: But, as a general matter, prejudice on the basis of factors such as race is more prevalent on the far right than it is on the far left. This does not mean that extremism and violence on the far left are not concerns. But groups that engage in anti-fascist violence (antifa), for example, differ from hate groups in that they are not typically organized around bigotry against people based on the characteristics listed above. It should also be noted that the SPLC Hate Tracker mentions monitoring the trends of only far-right Twitter accounts. Iwas also unable to find any clarification on exactly which Twitter accounts SPLC was monitoring in order to produce this data. Even if youre willing to be charitable and give the SPLC the benefit of the doubt that their main goal isnt to demonize conservatives, its hard to argue that isnt the practical result of this project. When they fail to be fully transparent about their data sources and the Twitter account posts that they are a hate tracker monitoring topics like Christmas, what is a reasonable person supposed to believe, other than they consider tweeting about Christmas a potentially hateful activity? The SPLC put their cards on the table when they expressly state they are monitoring far-right Twitter accounts, but not far-left accounts. They also assert that many hate groups operate in the mainstream. Can organizations operating in the mainstream be hate groups? Yes. In fact, its even more important to call out groups that demonize others while having a foothold in the mainstream. Its easy to recognize the hater in a white sheet for what he or she is. Its the wolf in sheeps clothing thats harder to identify. What the SPLC should realize is that this clumsily-executed Hate Tracker project is providing fuel to the fire for those who have used a perceived War on Christmas as a rallying cry, clickbait method, or fundraising appeal. President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the War on Christmas and has been taking credit for making it OK to say Merry Christmas again, a claim that has caused many in the media to scoff. This War on Christmas has been a topic of countless commentary panels on Fox News Channel programs and fundraising pleas from conservative groups. In my email inbox today was one such missive, exhorting supporters to celebrate the holiday season and pray while we still can. If the SPLC is going to insist on tweeting that #christmas is something worth monitoring as potentially hateful and make such a concerted effort to connect hate groups with mainstream conservatism, they should consider reporting their expenses for the SPLC Hate Tracker as an in-kind contribution to Trumps reelection campaign. [Note about authenticity: I was originally skeptical that @splchatetracker was a real account, but the hatetracker.io website uses the exact same logo and design as the official SPLC website, and contains multiple links to official SPLC content. I called the phone number listed for a media contact on the SPLC website for a comment, but have not received a response. If I do, I will update this article.] Photo credit: Grumpy Santa by Richard Elzey via Flickr. Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

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Ten Ways to Fight Hate – Duration: 112 seconds. Hate in America has become commonplace. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, go…

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SPLC Summit 2018 – SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

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