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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Ridiculous ‘Hate Group’ List
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Posted on 02/26/2014 4:42:37 PM PST by Altura Ct.

Rest easy: the nation’s watchdogs, patented Hate Detectors gripped in their sweaty palms, are still on the job. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released its latest report on hate groups, and while the numbers of these vile entities has decreased, the SPLC solons assure us they’re scarier than ever: Mark Potok of the SPLC, trying his best to affect a stiff-backed Joe Friday pose conveying grim and unimpeachable authority, declared: “The radical right is growing leaner and meaner. The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high.” In other words, keep those checks coming, folks!

And they do. The SPLC took in over $38 million in 2011; the previous year, its CEO Richard Cohen earned $351,648, and its notorious Chief Trial Counsel, Morris Dees, pulled in a cool $346,919. All that to keep you safe from the likes of…me. The SPLC lists my website Jihad Watch (www.jihadwatch.org) as a hate group, along with the American Freedom Defense Initiative, of which I am vice president, and its Stop Islamization of America program. My colleague Pamela Geller founded AFDI/SIOA; the SPLC also lists her website Atlas Shrugs (www.pamelageller.com), along with our international umbrella group Stop Islamization of Nations, as hate groups — so Pamela Geller and I are both four hate groups, and between us are responsible for five hate groups. Two people. We are also both the subject of lavish and arguably libelous profiles as “hate group leaders.” The brilliant FrontPage writer Daniel Greenfield’s blog Sultan Knish (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/) is listed as another hate group. That’s six hate groups, three people. “Leaner and meaner,” indeed!

This demonstrates how risible the SPLC’s claim that there are 939 hate groups currently operating in the U.S. The very label “hate group” conjures up images of KKK members in robes, their venal and stupid faces illumined by the flame of a burning cross – not columnists, commentators, and human rights activists dedicated to defending the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the principle of the equality of rights of all people before the law.

But that’s the idea. The SPLC’s objective is not to spur rational discussion or debate about what exactly constitutes a “hate group,” and what are or should be the parameters of acceptable political discourse. It is to manipulate people into thinking that mild-mannered writers such as Daniel Greenfield and human rights activists like Pamela Geller are indeed exactly the same as those cross-burning Klansmen, and to be equally as shunned and marginalized.

The SPLC’s Hate Groups list is a cudgel, a tool for the use of Leftist enemies of the freedom of speech. When Pamela Geller or I or some other “hate group leader” is invited to speak somewhere, Leftists and Islamic supremacists avid to shut down honest discussion of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism contact the event organizers, tell them that the SPLC classifies us as “hate group leaders,” and all too often, ignorant or cowardly officials, unaware of or indifferent to how they’re being played and anxious to avoid “controversy,” cancel the event. It works like a charm, in just the way it was intended to work.

These classifications, unsurprisingly, have also become a staple of every report from lazy Leftist journalists. By citing the SPLC as if it were a reliable source, they encourage an uncritical, uninformed public to see its targets as worthy of the opprobrium the Center heaps upon them. It is no surprise that reporters, who tend almost universally to be Leftists, take for granted that the SPLC is some kind of neutral observer, when actually the SPLC is a far-Left attack outfit, using its “hate group” classifications to stigmatize and demonize foes of its political agenda. In these days of the New Black Panthers and the Occupy movement, it lists no Leftist groups as hate groups. Nor does it include any significant number of Islamic jihad groups on the hate group list, and has now even dropped an Ohio branch of the racist, violent and paranoid Nation of Islam from the list.

The SPLC is merely a propaganda organ for the Left, tarring any group that dissents from its extreme political agenda as a “hate group.” And while Potok warns of “right-wing” violence, actually the SPLC itself is more dangerous than its targets: its “hate group” designation against the Family Research Council led one of its followers to storm the FRC offices with a gun, determined to murder the chief of the FRC. This shows that these kinds of charges shouldn’t be thrown around frivolously as tools to demonize and marginalize those whose politics the SPLC dislikes.

There is a great deal more that is wrong with the Southern Poverty Law Center, as this article illustrates. The organization epitomizes the Left’s hypocrisy and its increasing taste for authoritarianism: its fascist impulse to demonize and smear its foes rather than engage them on the level of rational discourse. If freedom is to be preserved in this country, those who value it are going to have to convince their fellow Americans to pause and ask quis custodiet ipso custodes? — Who watches the watchmen? Why is fighting for the freedom of speech and the equality of rights of all people now classified as “hate”? Why is the SPLC an authority that anyone recognizes, given its naked biases?

Conservative groups must stop bowing to smear campaigns orchestrated by Leftist groups with a clear anti-freedom agenda. We will never win the country back without challenging – and absolutely refusing to accept — the authority and reliability of the Left’s self-appointed guardians of acceptable opinion. A good place to start would be to relegate the SPLC to the dustbin of history it has reserved for the foes of Leftist thuggery and jihad terror.


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1 posted on 02/26/2014 4:42:38 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Travis McGee

Your favorite guys in the news again, drooling morons as usual.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 4:46:38 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Altura Ct.

The sole purpose of this group of shyster lawyers is to raise money by scaring paranoid leftists.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 4:46:51 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Altura Ct.

Just read Spike Lee’s racist rant on another thread. I think HE is a hate filled.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 4:47:12 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) drops Nation of Islam from list of “hate groups” Farrakhan — Good, Geller — Bad -

See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/02/southern-poverty-law-center-splc-drops-nation-islam-list-hate-groups-farrakhan-good-geller-bad.html/#sthash.eGuz7qjx.dpuf


5 posted on 02/26/2014 4:50:41 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

I am actually half tempted to start my own “Non-Profit NGO” that does nothing but plant obvious fake contrived leftist comments in the comments section at Conservative websites so I can “starve out” the money that is going to these leftist organizations like the SPLC.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 4:51:10 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Altura Ct.
The brilliant FrontPage writer Daniel Greenfield’s blog Sultan Knish (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/) is listed as another hate group.

I missed this one but it doesn't surprise me much. BTT

7 posted on 02/26/2014 4:53:20 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Altura Ct.

Is Westboro “Church” on their list? If not, then professional wrestling has more credibility than SPLC even though SPLC IS a hate group itself.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 4:55:04 PM PST by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Everything you wanted to know about SPLC but were afraid to ask:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1809


9 posted on 02/26/2014 4:57:57 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Did someone say Morris Dees?

The church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance By Ken Silverstein

Harper's magazine, Nov. 2000

You may have to pay to read it at Harper's but there are copies elsewhere..

over at David Horowitz’s place for example:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/The%20Church%20of%20Morris%20Dees.html

ALSO: Dees' SPLC and the FBI (plus the Anti-Defamation League, ADL) all teamed to assess the Y2K threat from those wasscally Christians. The three produced the FBI’s Project Megiddo report that was distributed to the nation's law enforcement agencies warning them to be ready for Christians to come pouring out of churches blasting away with everything they had.

All the while the Clinton/Reno pukes were letting the Islamists (political Islam, jihad and sharia law advocates) continue their flying lessons.

20+ years ago the $PLC won a civil law suit against Tom Metzger, his son, and his white supremacist group. The suit was on behalf of a victim of a vicious murder by skinheads of a defenseless black man.

"Using the doctrine of vicarious liability, plaintiffs' attorneys argued that the Metzgers should be found liable for intentionally inciting the skinheads to engage in violent confrontations with minorities. A jury agreed, returning a record $12.5 million verdict against the Metzgers and WAR. Tom Metzger was personally responsible for $5.5 million of that sum."

IIRC the skinheads were not members. They had been exposed to what WAR was putting out publicly. That's all. No other connection.

Seems to me the conservatives can use the doctrine of vicarious liability to sue the Victims Industry, et al. as they stir up hatred against whites. Make those polar bear hunts and knockout games very expensive for Winfrey, Jackson, Sharpton, MSNBC crew, NAACP . . . .

10 posted on 02/26/2014 5:05:15 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Altura Ct.
I asked them on FB if there were any muslim groups on the list. No answer. But the answer is “no”.

If you want to see sycophant followers, look at the SPLC replies.

11 posted on 02/26/2014 5:21:31 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Bingo


12 posted on 02/26/2014 5:29:42 PM PST by TweetEBird007
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To: Altura Ct.

Are lovers of architecture in Montgomery on the list? Their headquarters is one butt ugly building. It looks like they want people to believe that they are under threat from a suicide bomber or drive by shooter, although in Montgomery, the latter is entirely within the realm of possibilities, though not perpetrated by “hate groups”.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 5:36:01 PM PST by yawningotter
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To: Altura Ct.

Did we make the list?


14 posted on 02/26/2014 5:40:08 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Altura Ct.

The SPLC is the biggest hate group going—they hate whites, Christians, conservatives, gun owners, freedom lovers, and capitalists.

And Morris Dees takes the term “sleaze bag” to a whole new horizon.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 5:58:55 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Three questions:

1.) Does the SPLC list itself on their own hate group list?

2.) Is there any truth to the rumor that the SPLC is still teaching “Knock Game” classes?

3.) If the answer to # 2 above is “yes,” then why isn’t the answer to # 1 also “yes?”


16 posted on 02/26/2014 6:04:28 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Northern Rich Anti-American Center truth be told.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 6:05:59 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Altura Ct.

Morris Dees’ retirement fund must need a cash infusion.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 6:11:47 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: morphing libertarian

“Did we make the list?”

If so, I would consider it an honor.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 6:17:26 PM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Being a Life Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I don't exactly put a whole lot of credence in the SPLC’s pronouncements.
20 posted on 02/26/2014 6:29:43 PM PST by RebelBanker (May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.)
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To: Graybeard58

Indeed and an obligation


21 posted on 02/26/2014 7:13:38 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Altura Ct.

The SPLC inspired the gay pistol attack on the Family Research Council in DC and the ambitious FBI program “PatCon”, which aimed to infiltrate ALL “patriot groups” in the USA, was designed and lead by the SPLC.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 7:24:32 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Altura Ct.

Faithful Word Baptist Church made the list. They actually hold to what the bible says about sodomites, that they deserve the death penalty for their filthy, abominable behavior. Just like murderers, child molesters and adulterers.

The SPLC hates God. “Do I not hate them, O LORD, that hate thee?” ... I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them mine enemies.” Psalm 139:21,22


23 posted on 02/26/2014 7:50:44 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: Altura Ct.
Why I hate Barack Obama

The sermon that got FWBC on the Libs gaydar.

24 posted on 02/26/2014 7:57:13 PM PST by nonsporting
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