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Seven Reasons to Beware the Southern Poverty Law Center

Article author: 
Carol Swain
Article publisher: 
American Thinker
Article date: 
February 7, 2018
Article category: 
National News
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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says its primary mission is to fight hatred, teach tolerance, and seek justice. These are noble goals for most Americans, but this is not a noble organization. It is the exact opposite. Given the SPLC’s power and influence over the media and members of Congress, this once highly-regarded civil rights organization deserves fresh scrutiny. Here are seven reasons why the SPLC fails to serve the public interest:

The SPLC ignores basic standards of scientific research in selecting and classifying hate groups and extremists....

The SPLC uses guilt by association to engage in ad hominem attacks against individuals....

The SPLC ignores threats posed by leftist, anti-American groups such as ANTIFA, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood....

The SPLC attacks and smears mainstream public service organizations, including churches, ministries, and various pro-family entities....

The SPLC bashes conservatives while pushing a liberal agenda that empowers and supports leftists, communists, and anarchists....

The SPLC’s labeling of groups and individuals has inspired acts of violence against its targets....

The SPLC is an irresponsible public charity....

A strong case can be made to strip the SPLC of its nonprofit, tax-exempt status.

Congress and the media need to take a fresh look at the SPLC. It no longer serves the public interest.

 


 

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