SPLC CONSPIRES TO HURT CHRISTIANS NATIONWIDE
"The Southern Policy Law Center seems quite a well funded effort to disrupt and attack innocent people under the guise of "hate" crimes when it is actually an organization that seems to selectively target vunerable non-partisan pro-family groups with an eye towards securing donations, grants or other awards of funds to further a mission that squelches free speech in the traditional American sense for fairness and balance, " says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.
THE NEW YORK POST REPORTS:
The SPLC, formed in 1971 as an aggressive civil-rights nonprofit law firm, has become the left's go-to arbiter of what constitutes a hate group. Its pronouncements are quoted without challenge by the news media, and it has an endowment of $300 million, enriched by major corporate donors.
Yet its overly broad definition of "hate" often goes far beyond truly vile outfits to include people and groups that simply don't toe a politically correct line. That's why the SPLC two months ago had to pay $3.4 million and publicly apologize to Maajid Nawaz, whom it had falsely labeled an "anti-Muslim extremist." (He's actually a practicing Muslim who opposes extremism.)
But that didn't stop the Star-Ledger last week from devoting an editorial to denouncing New Jersey's ICE spokesman, Emilio Dabul, for his "links" (as supplied by the SPLC) to "anti-Muslim fanatics." This, even though the Star-Ledger admitted that Dabul's own writings "showed no anti-Muslim bias." It was all guilt by association - right from the SPLC playbook.
Now Sessions has ordered a review to ensure the Justice Department no longer partners with the SPLC and other groups that "unfairly defame Americans."
Sessions acknowledged that the SPLC at one time "did important work in South": As an Alabama prosecutor he worked with it to convict a Ku Klux Klan member who'd murdered a black teenager.
But nowadays, Sessions charged, it uses its hate-group designations "as a weapon" to "bully and intimidate" organizations of which it simply doesn't approve.