The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group founded in the South decades ago to combat racism, has turned into a hate group themselves. They hate Christians. They hate Conservatives. They hate anyone they don’t agree with politically.
Currently, the SPLC claims there are 917 “hate groups” in the United States. The Alabama-based nonprofit activist group CLAIMS it tracks civil rights and hate crimes. In reality, it lists many Christian and Conservative groups ONLY because the SPLC does not like their ideas.
The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as an organization with ‘beliefs and practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.’
Their website includes a map where anyone can put in their ZIP code to find a “hate group” near them.
SPLC’s HATE MAP INSPIRED AT LEAST ONE ATTEMPTED MASS SLAUGHTER
And Floyd Lee Corkins III did just that. In 2012 he found four “hate groups” on the SPLC’s website and decided he needed to do something about their “hate.” He purchased a semi-automatic pistol, loaded a backpack with two magazine clips and 50 rounds of ammunition headed to the Family Research Council (FRC), aiming to kill every person in the building.
Where did Corkins get the motivation and the address to attack the FRC? In his own words, the convicted terrorist told the FBI that he targeted this Christian group because it was listed as an “anti-gay group” on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.
Despite their “hate” map being directly related to the attempted mass slaughter at the Family Research Center, the SPLC continues to label them as a “hate group.” Is the SPLC hoping for another attack on FRC?
ATTEMPTED MASS SLAUGHTER OF GOP CONGRESSMEN
James Hodgkinson the Bernie Sanders supporter and the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), “liked” the SPLC on Facebook, after the group had attacked Scalise multiple times. Hodgkinson targeted Republicans at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game this summer in June. Authorities found a list of six GOP Congressmen in Hodgkinson pocket, including Scalise.
The SPLC repeatedly attacked Steve Scalise over a 2002 speech he gave to a group related to the KKK. The speech is a black mark on Scalise’s record, but the congressman apologized for it in 2014. Former KKK leader David Duke actually attacked him as a “sellout” who “meets with radical blacks.”
The SPLC attacked Scalise again in July 2016, mentioning his 2002 speech at the white supremacist meeting but failing to mention his apology or the fact that Duke now considers him a traitor to the white supremacist movement.
ONE CHRISTIAN GROUP HAS HAD ENOUGH
Last week, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center, the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.
“We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong,” Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”
The SPLC has labeled DJKM an “anti-LGBT hate group” for its opposition to same-sex marriage and transgenderism. “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” Wright declared.
The lawsuit laid out charges against the SPLC, GuideStar, and Amazon. “SPLC acted knowingly, intentionally, and with actual malice in publishing the Hate Map that included the Ministry and in publishing the SPLC Transmissions to GuideStar that included the ministry,” the lawsuit alleged. “SPLC’s conduct in making these publications was beyond the reckless disregard for the truth standard required by Alabama law for punitive damages.”
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER VIOLATES CHRISTIANS’ CIVIL RIGHTS
DJKM brought the suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for religious discrimination, under the Lanham Act for trafficking in false or misleading descriptions of the services offered under the ministry’s trademarked name, and for defamation under Alabama common law arising from “the publication and distribution of information that libels the Ministry’s reputation and subjects the Ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.”
The lawsuit explained why the “hate” labeling was so malicious. DJKM’s vision statement runs as follows: “The corporation seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the supremacy of His Lordship, and a biblically informed view of the world, using all available media, so that Jesus Christ would be known throughout all of the Earth and that everywhere He might be trusted, loved, and served.”
CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES ARE NOT HATE GROUPS, THEY PROMOTE COMPASSION
“Nowhere in the purpose or action of the Ministry is there HATE or any room for HATE,” the lawsuit explained.
The SPLC’s “attempt to redefine historic Christian teaching as hate speech is so insidious and had the potential for having such a damaging effect on the cause of Christ that we put it at the top of our list,” Wright said.
Wright lamented that the SPLC will “call hate anything that departs from a progressive liberal socialist ideology. If you support traditional marriage, you’re a hater. If you support the sanctity of human life, you’re a hater. But also if you support immigration reform, you’re a hater. If you’re concerned about Islamic radicalism, you’re a hater.”
While DJKM is a Christian ministry, the implications of the SPLC smear campaign go far beyond the issue of religious freedom. If the SPLC will smear with “hate” labeling any conservative organization, and if GuideStar and AmazonSmile will blindly follow their lead, free speech will become a dead letter.
APPLE GIVES $2MIL TO HUNT DOWN WHITE SUPREMACISTS
Following the Charlotteville violence a number of companies, such as Apple, have hustled to donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center to assist them in hunting down white supremacists. Apple plans to give the SPLC $2,000,000 to assist SPLC in hunting down what Dr. Swain calls a “minuscule percentage of the population.” See Vanderbilt Professor Carol M. Swain, Ph.D speaking of New White Nationalism on August 23rd.
While the SPLC “hate map” does include white supremacists like the KKK and black nationalists, it has added various groups that do not belong side by side with these groups. The “hate” list targets Christian organizations like the FRC, Liberty Counsel, the American Family Association (AFA), and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), as well as the American College of Pediatricians and the Center for Immigration Studies.
AMERICANS NEED TO SHUN SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
We are currently experiencing more polarization and vitriol than ever in my lifetime. Americans should shun the SPLC and its “hate” labeling. This labeling of speech and ideas has no place in a civil society dedicated to free speech and open dialogue.