The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) publicly stated mission is to expose hate groups while teaching tolerance and seeking justice according to information published on the group’s website. The SPLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama considers itself to be the “premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.” The center boasts that they provide expertise assisting law enforcement and informing media and the public about more than 1,600 extremist groups operating around the U.S.
The SPLC profits in the millions like race baiters, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, by destroying reputations and shaking down fearful targets of their “exposes”. With over $315 million in assets, the SPLC is the wealthiest civil rights organization in the U.S. The Family Research Council (FRC), a trusted Christian-based organization headed by Tony Perkins, sees the real story behind SPLC quite differently. Here’s an excerpt from a recent newsletter:
“The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded by Morris Dees in 1971 to identify and condemn hate groups in the United States, including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. In more recent years, it has attempted to discredit individuals and groups that support conservative political principles. The SPLC’s reckless barrage of attacks on conservatism has been admired by left-wing terrorists, and even inspired an attempted mass murder on a conservative organization in 2012 for defending views on traditional marriage. Since the false and defamatory claims made by the SPLC to silence opposition, they have been thoroughly discredited by individuals and groups across the political spectrum and throughout the media.” (FRC Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, September 15, 2017)
Conservative, faith-based organizations like the Family Research Council and Liberty Council are fighting back. Liberty Council addresses the alt left, intolerant excesses of SPLC in a 2015 report, “The Southern Poverty Law Center Exposed“:
“SPLC is adding other targets, slapping the “hate” label on mainstream Christian ministries and leading pro-family organizations. The presumed goal is to take down groups that champion biblical values – enduring principles for social good which the SPLC somehow transmutes into “hate.”
What is really dangerous about smearing good, Christian-based, traditional family and marriage advocacy organizations in this uncivil era of antifa (anti-fascist) anarchists and armed psychopaths is evidenced by what Family Research Council experienced in their Washington, D.C. headquarters in 2012. A murderous rampage was planned by Floyd Lee Corkins II targeting the the staff of FRC. Fortunately he was stopped in the lobby by an alert guard. He revealed to the FBI that he found FRC through the SPLC website naming the organization as an anti-gay hate group.
SPLC raked in $9 million from fundraising campaigns after the organization highlighted the lynching of Michael Donald in 1987 by the United Klan of America. Donald’s mother received $50,000 from the sale of the Klan’s assets.
While the center decries the vandalism in a Jewish cemetery in Universal City, Missouri, not one word is raised about the Civil War Confederate soldier statue vandalized last month at the Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Camp Chase was a POW camp for Confederate soldiers. SPLC ignores alt-left direct action groups like “Occupy Wall Street”, MEChA (Chicano Students of Aztlan, a radical student group), radical Moslem groups, Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter leaders were sued in Louisiana last year for inciting violence against police officers which resulted in the deaths of three and wounding of another three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge. However the center considers White Lives Matter a hate group.
Turning their sights to faith-based organizations that support traditional marriage and biblical views on sexual morality, in 2010 the center named as hate groups 13 mostly evangelical organizations labeled as “anti-gay”.
SPLC should be exposed for their reckless attacks on conservative organizations they seek to silence. The general public and the mainstream media are easily duped by the center’s biased research and hostility to Christian-based and pro-life organizations which are lumped together as the “American radical right”. According to Mark Potok, Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the center’s criteria for a hate group “have nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess we’re making about this group could be dangerous. It’s strictly ideological.”
More resources on the Southern Poverty Law Center:
All the Evidence You Need for Why SPLC is Not Credible, Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, September 15, 2017, frc.org