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USA Today op-ed on vile hate group SPLC on the anniversary of the SPLC-inspired shooting

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“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.”– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

The hate group SPLC has smeared and libeled every effective voice of the right, including me. And despite being exposed as the far-Left hate group it is, the social media giants continue to treat it as if it were an objective source. The “work” of the hate group SPLC is to smear, defame and libel anyone who effectively counters the hard-left/Islamic agenda. Veterans, tea party patriots, counter terror activists, even Presidential candidates on the right have been the target of their smear campaigns. They wield enormous power in the information battle space — media, movies, academia, etc. The idea that PayPal is using these destroyers to block people is chilling.

But “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Even the Washington Post, despite its largely left-wing editorial line, admitted that the SPLC’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years thanks to its overzealous adding of conservative groups to its “hate list.”

If it’s any indication of the unhinged madness that has infected this organization, I am not one, but no less than four hate groups.  They have an extensive dossier on me rife with libel, defamation and lies. And no one questions them or peeks under the tent. So it is uplifting to see USA Today run this piece by one of SPLC’s targets for death. The enemedia has traditionally been the organ grinder’s monkey, so this is a break from the totalitarian dictates of mainstream media protocol.

The uber-left hate org, Southern Poverty Law Center, is notoriously anti-Jewish. In a rational world, they would be relegated to the very fringes of civilized society. They do not profile jihad groups. And they refuse to designate the violent anarchy group, Antifa, a hate group.

Their aim is to destroy effective voices on the right by any means necessary. Ben Carson was named a hate group. I am designated multiple hate groups. Family Research Council is designated a hate group. Patriots, veterans, tea partiers are all haters, in other words, refuseniks — those who oppose violence, Jew-hatred, creed apartheid, gender apartheid, etc. are smeared, defamed and libeled by the fascist org. The SPLC does not address jihad terrorism. On the contrary, jihad terror groups and hard-left terrorists are exalted, held up as examples for the totalitarian organization.

We have come to expect this from the hard left — but the idea that the SPLC is held up as some imprimatur on what’s hate and who/what isn’t speaks to how corrupt the media is. It was SPLC members who opened fire on a Republican baseball game for charity. It was an SPLC member who tried to assassinate Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council.

“It has always been easier to smear people rather than wrestle with their ideas. It’s a bully who calls names and spreads lies rather than thoroughly reading a brief’s legal arguments or challenging the rationale underlying a policy proposal. The SPLC has chosen to take the easy path — to intimidate and mislead for raw political power and financial benefit.”

“For years, former employees revealed, local journalists reported and commentators have lamented: The Southern Poverty Law Center is not what it claims to be. Not a pure-hearted, clear-headed legal advocate for the vulnerable, but rather an obscenely wealthy marketing scheme. For years, the left-wing interest group has used its ‘hate group’ list to promote the fiction that violent neo-Nazis and Christian nonprofits peacefully promoting orthodox beliefs about marriage and sex are indistinguishable. Sometimes, it has apologized to public figures it has smeared, and it recently paid out millions to settle a threatened defamation lawsuit.”

Indeed. Let’s hope there will be many more such suits.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate-based scam that nearly caused me to be murdered

By Jessica Prol Smith, USA Today, August 17, 2019:

While I was missing lunch, a crime scene played out in the office lobby below me. My coworker and friend Leo wasn’t armed, but he had played the quick-thinking and inadvertent hero, disarming a young man on a mission to kill me and as many of my colleagues as possible. The gunman had packed his backpack with ammo and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches — later admitting that he had planned to smear them on our lifeless faces as a political statement. Leo took a bullet in the arm but managed to hold the attacker until law enforcement arrived.

I wrote and edited for the Family Research Council, a public advocacy organization that promoted the principles I have cared about since childhood: protecting the family, promoting the dignity of every human life and advocating for religious liberty. It reads like a tagline, but it’s also just what I believed and the way I chose to match my career with my convictions.

I never expected that everyone would celebrate or share my beliefs. But I did expect to be able to discuss and debate these differences without becoming a political target in an act of terrorism, the first conviction under Washington, D.C.’s 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Southern Poverty Law Center labeled us a ‘hate group’

It was the type of violent incident that one could expect a group that purportedly monitors “hate,” like the Southern Poverty Law Center, to notice, research and decry. In fact, we were on the center’s radar but for all the wrong reasons. The assailant acknowledged later in FBI testimony that he had selected our office precisely because the SPLC had labeled my employer a “hate group.”

It has always been easier to smear people rather than wrestle with their ideas. It’s a bully who calls names and spreads lies rather than thoroughly reading a brief’s legal arguments or challenging the rationale underlying a policy proposal. The SPLC has chosen to take the easy path — to intimidate and mislead for raw political power and financial benefit.

Hate groups in America: I grew up a white nationalist. We never blamed ourselves for mass shootings like El Paso.

For years, former employees revealed, local journalists reported and commentators have lamented: The Southern Poverty Law Center is not what it claims to be. Not a pure-hearted, clear-headed legal advocate for the vulnerable, but rather an obscenely wealthy marketing scheme. For years, the left-wing interest group has used its “hate group” list to promote the fiction that violent neo-Nazis and Christian nonprofits peacefully promoting orthodox beliefs about marriage and sex are indistinguishable. Sometimes, it has apologized to public figures it has smeared, and it recently paid out millions to settle a threatened defamation lawsuit.

The SPLC has its own troubles

These shameful secrets are no longer hidden in shadows. The New York Times, Politico, NPR and a host of other mainstream publications are reporting on the corruption and widening credibility gap. The SPLC dismissed its co-founder in March, and its president has resigned amidst numerous claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism within the organization — a parade of disgraces that vividly force the conclusion: The SPLC is hollow, rotten and failing at the very virtues it pretends to celebrate.

The criticism comes from many corners. There’s the Current Affairs editor who seems sympathetic to the center’s progressive mission but decries its “hate group” list as an “outright fraud” and a “willful deception designed to scare older liberals into writing checks to the SPLC.”

There’s the retired investigative journalist who helped research and write an eight-part series on the center’s “litany of problems and questionable practices” in the mid-1990s. His Washington Post opinion piece reads with a thinly veiled message: We nearly got a Pulitzer Prize for TELLING YOU SO.

But perhaps most damning of all are the indictments leveled by former employee Bob Moser in The New Yorker. He remembers being welcomed to the “Poverty Palace” and recounts the heart-sinking reality of it all — being “pawns” in a “highly profitable scam.”

Oberlin bakery owner: Gibson’s Bakery paid a high cost for an unfairly damaged reputation

Jobs and years have passed, and I work now for Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF ranks among “the top performing firm(s)” litigating First Amendment cases, according to the Empirical SCOTUS blog, and is the “Christian legal powerhouse that keeps winning at the Supreme Court,” according to The Washington Post.

And yes, my new employer has also attracted one of the SPLC’s spurious hate labels. The label easily peels and fades away when one actually does the research and listens to truth before deciding to troll.

I won’t be intimidated by the SPLC

If the SPLC thought that its hate would intimidate or silence me and my colleagues, they’re sadly mistaken. I’m lucky — blessed, really — that I didn’t take a bullet for my beliefs back in 2012. But the center’s ugly slander and the gunman’s misguided attack have sharpened my resolve and deepened my faith in my Savior, who commands my destiny and shields me from the schemes of man. The same is true for my colleagues.

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fell to an assassin’s bullet. The SPLC pretends to carry his legacy but weaponizes hate labels instead. Unlike SPLC’s name-calling, Dr. King’s words and vision stand the test of time. “Injustice anywhere,” he warned, “is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The SPLC, as an institution, has thoroughly disqualified itself as an arbiter of justice. But this country would be a better place if the center’s donors, lawyers and friends would truly believe and apply Dr. King’s legacy — his peaceful pursuit of justice and his love of neighbor.

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