John Stossel: $PLC Turns “Hate” Into Ca$h

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been waging a decade-long smear campaign against anyone who opposes its political views. Recently the SPLC’s over-the-top behavior caught the ire of  well-known journalist and commentator John Stossel.

Stossel explains in a widely-publicized video that while he once believed in the center’s position, today’s SPLC regularly “smears people who don’t deserve to be smeared.”  As an example, Stossel points to Ayaan Hirsi Ali , a Somali woman who survived female genital mutilation and now speaks out against extremist fundamentalism in Islam.  Because Ali has been willing to publicly discuss what happened to her, she’s been accused of “anti-muslim rhetoric” and added to the SPLC’s “hate list.”

Stossel also notes the case of Majid Nawaz, who was once a radical jihadist but today speaks out against radical, political Islam.  For opposing religiously-motivated violence, the SPLC has labeled Nawaz an “anti-Muslim extremist,” despite the fact that he remains a practicing Muslim.

In addition, Stossel points out that the SPLC’s designations have resulted directly in violence aimed at conservative organizations. For example, the SPLC decided to list the Family Research Council (FRC) as a “hate group” for opposing gay marriage on biblical grounds. In 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins, a volunteer at a Herndon, VA LGBT community center, attacked the FRC’s Washington, DC headquarters and shot an FRC employee.  After his arrest, Corkins told FBI Agents that his goal was to “kill as many people as I could…” He also told investigators that he chose the FRC as a target after seeing it listed as an “anti-gay” group by the SPLC.

Stossel joins a long list of Independent journalists, including many who share  the SPLC’s political viewpoints, that have accused the organization  of libeling its political enemies.  Similar, well-documented charges against the SPLC have appeared in Harper’s magazine, Politico, the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, and other well-known publications.

But why does the SPLC’s hate list continue to grow? Stossel says:  “I suspect the center keeps its hate list long because crying hate brings in a lot of money…”

It seems the SPLC has invented a machine that converts hate into greenbacks.  And the organization’s top executives have decided that ginning up quick money by flinging baseless accusations is a lot easier than actually assisting the poor and downtrodden of the American South.

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Dave rejoined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016 and brings more than thirty years of proactive communications experience working with non-profits, trade associations and the private sector. Dave has written and placed op-eds in more than 100 publications for national and state leaders in fields ranging from immigration to agriculture policy, food and energy. Ray has served as a chief spokesman for several national organizations and has extensive radio and television experience as well.


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    SPLC provides the cover for any liberal organization, social media site, and media to pronounce anyone who opposes mass immigration or Islamic radicalism as “racist”. No need to actually prove that anyone actually is, or to quote them accurately, SPLC just gives a convenient label to stick on any group or individual.

    Seems like there would be a good basis for a lawsuit here, not necessarily against SPLC, but against the media organizations who see SPLC designations as absolute proof of nefarious actions and motives, when, as noted, SPLC is nothing more than a cash making business.

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    It does seem puzzling to me that the SCLC attacks the same people it used to defend. Perhaps CASH is the answer. Stossel is a good man and a good observer of human behavior.

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