My group the American Freedom Defense Initiative, although it is a registered 501c3 organization, is banned from AmazonSmile. So is Jihad Watch, another 501c3 organization. The Alliance for Defending Freedom has been banned from AmazonSmile as well. Amazon clearly only considers Leftist charitable organizations to be charitable organizations at all. This is all part of the ongoing attempt to drive all those who dissent from the far-left agenda entirely out of the public square.
“Amazon a Prime Suspect in Charity War,” FRC, May 4, 2018:
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The Southern Poverty Law Center was too intolerant for the U.S. Army. Too controversial for the FBI. And too inflammatory for the Obama Justice Department. But despite SPLC’s baggage, the extremists seem to have found a home at one of America’s biggest companies: Amazon. Turns out, you can get almost anything at the online retailer, except — conservatives are finding out — tolerance.
At a time when even the mainstream media is questioning SPLC, Amazon is rushing to embrace the “hate labeling” that inspired Floyd Corkins to walk into our lobby with the goal of killing as many people as possible. Now, a year after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is also branded an extremist on SPLC’s website, most people are shocked that anyone – let alone Amazon — would use the radical organization as a resource. Yet now, when shoppers try to donate to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) through the AmazonSmile program, they can’t. Why? Because, according to the company, “haters” aren’t allowed to participate.
ADF’s supporters, who’ve been using the program for five years, were shocked. After all, ADF isn’t some marginal, far-Right nonprofit, but a respected legal organization that’s argued — and won — several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. But despite the fact that ADF’s been a part of the program since 2013, a spokesman said the company had reconsidered its involvement. When ADF inquired, they were told: “The AmazonSmile Participation Agreement states that certain categories of organizations are not eligible to participate in AmazonSmile. We rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which charities are in certain ineligible categories. You have been excluded from the AmazonSmile program because the Southern Poverty Law Center lists Alliance Defending Freedom in an ineligible category.”
Of course, the policy change isn’t surprising when you consider the politics of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The billionaire and his wife dumped $2.5 million into a same-sex marriage effort in Washington State — the largest LGBT advocacy gift ever given. If Bezos wants to start policing haters, that’s his business. But relying on SPLC to define them, a group that Politico calls “more of a partisan progressive hit operation than a civil rights watchdog,” then Amazon is making a major mistake.
After all, SPLC’s Mark Potok has been clear that the organization’s real mission has nothing to do with tolerance. “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” And, what’s worse, SPLC is quite open about the fact that their labels are completely arbitrary. “Our criteria for a ‘hate group,’ first of all, have nothing to do with criminality or violence… It’s strictly ideological.” At least for now, any pretense of SPLC’s credibility is gone — and not just with its conservative targets, but with liberals, Muslims, secularists, even journalists…..
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