DOJ's New Religious Liberty Arm Set to Investigate the SPLC?

Article author: 
Tyler O'Neil
Article publisher: 
PJ Media
Article date: 
31 July 2018
Article category: 
National News
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On Monday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Religious Liberty Task Force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend religious freedom as laid out in last October's memorandum. In his remarks, Sessions referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a threat to religious liberty, suggesting the new task force may investigate or target the left-wing smear group.

"A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom," Sessions declared, adding that this movement "must be confronted and defeated." He also lamented that "one group can actively target religious groups by labeling them a 'hate group' on the basis of their sincerely held religious beliefs."

Sessions emphasized that the new religious liberty task force represents a sea change from the Obama administration, under which federal agencies often used the SPLC "hate group" markings. His direct reference to the SPLC in his remarks suggested that the new task force may investigate the left-wing smear group....

Liberty Counsel is suing the charity navigator website GuideStar after it adopted the SPLC "hate group" labels, smearing Liberty Counsel and many others....

"The SPLC has targeted religious groups particularly — not exclusively, but particularly Christian groups and Christian individuals — that's why we at FRC were targeted," Boykin explained. The SPLC has marked FRC a "hate group" because the organization supports traditional Christian sexual morality. This marking inspired a terrorist attack against the FRC in 2012.

"When you've got an organization in the United States that is illegitimately targeting groups because of their Christian views and you have agencies in the federal government that are legitimizing that data, that is a recipe for disaster," Boykin said, referring to the troubled history of federal agencies relying on SPLC data. On Friday, Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported that the FBI has an "ongoing" relationship with the SPLC....

Boykin, the FRC VP, also emphasized the SPLC's wealth. "They're reaching about a half billion dollars in their coffers," he noted. "They have made that money by fleecing people, by running scams."
"This whole hate labeling is a scam," Boykin argued. "They've demonstrated that it was a scam when they listed Ben Carson on it. When they settled for $3.375 million with [Muslim reformer Maajid] Nawaz. That demonstrates that this is illegitimate, but they've made a lot of money doing it and they don't want to stop."
Indeed, the SPLC has a long track record of embarrassing mistakes. The group insists that it does not label people "haters" for believing that marriage should be between one man and one woman, but that is exactly the reason why it marked Ben Carson an "extremist," even though it later apologized to him. Similarly, the organization cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church — ...


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