47 Prominent Conservatives Warn MSM Away From SPLC, a Hate Group

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Forty-seven prominent Conservatives have signed on to a letter warning the mainstream media away from data compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC has admitted they fake “facts” and their only goal is to destroy the targeted right-wing groups.

Founded in 1971, the SPLC gained fame by successfully prosecuting legal cases against white supremacist organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan. It describes its mission as “fighting hate and bigotry and … seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society,” Fox News noted.

Two years into the Obama administration, they started putting Christian groups and other normal people, even victims of radical Islam like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and religious Christians like Dr. Ben Carson, on their hate group lists.

The Conservatives’ letter put the MSM on notice that they are endangering the lives of people with the hate group’s – SPLC’s – fake facts, that they admit are fake facts.

Southern Poverty Law Center chief Mark Potok has said, “Sometimes the press will describe [SPLC] as monitoring hate groups and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”

“We’re trying to wreck the groups, and we are very clear in our head, this is – we are trying to destroy them . . . as a political matter, to destroy them,” Potok stated on video.

He said his hate group map isn’t accurate, he stated on video.

Potok decides what is fact and then uses them as facts. Mr. Potok admitted that the SPLC’s efforts to “destroy” certain organizations is achieved by making purported “factual assertions.” He said, “And the way we learned to [destroy these groups], I think is personally cool, is we use facts.”

The SPLC’s designation of certain nonprofit organizations as “hate groups” is based on the SPLC’s determination of what is fact. Its assertion of the “hate group” label is thus a purported statement and representation of fact.

The Southern Poverty Law Center listed former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in the “hate” category for his stances on marriage and biblical morality before public outrage made them withdraw the label.

Three years ago, the FBI dropped the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source for identifying hate groups. In March 2016, the U.S. Justice Department accused the Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys of “lack of professionalism” and “misconduct” for falsely characterizing the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute as “hate groups.”

Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim who opposes jihad extremism, says he is also suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for defaming him and his organization, the London-based Quilliam Foundation.

The SPLC has a $300 million endowment that allows them to abuse their political enemies.

Laird Wilcox, founder of the Wilcox Collection on Contemporary Political Movements at the University of Kansas’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library and a leading expert on “extremist” organizations, has identified the false, misleading, and destructive nature of the SPLC’s “hate group” designations.

Mr. Laird has noted that the SPLC has gone into “ideological overdrive and has developed many of the destructive traits that characterize moral crusaders, including the demonization of critics and dissenters.”

Mr. Laird stated that the “hate group” designations reflect a “kind of selective attention and biased reporting” that “simply illustrates [the SPLC’s] unscrupulousness.”

He continued in testimony in a lawsuit by Liberty Counsel against Guidestar that it is “pretty hard to deny that the SPLC is a political operation that is trying to tar right-wingers and conservative Republicans.” Id. (emphasis added).

Mr. Laird also noted that “[t]he dirty little secret behind the SPLC is that they actually need racial violence, growing ‘hate groups,’ and more racial crime to justify their existence and promote their agenda.”

Mr. Laird concluded, “When you get right down to it, all the SPLC does is call people names. It’s specialized a highly developed and ritualized form of defamation, however—a way of harming and isolating people by denying their humanity and trying to convert them into something that deserves to be hated and eliminated.”

THEY ARE GETTING PEOPLE KILLED

Craig Steven Hicks, a fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), killed innocent Muslim youth. As noted by his Facebook likes, he was a fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Rachel Maddow, Huffington Post, and various pro-gay marriage groups, in addition to other progressive causes. He was an atheist and political liberal.

LGBT Floyd Corkins shot up the conservative Family Research Council headquarters in August 2012. SPLC put the Council on the “hate map”.

Corkins said he chose the Family Research Council building after finding it listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center website, which labeled the Family Research Council a “hate group” (because of its support for the historic definition of marriage).

After they put Pamela Geller on their hate group list, crazed jihadists tried to slaughter her and cartoonists at a Draw Mohammed contest in Garland, Texas.

James Hodgkinson, who tried to kill Steven Scalise and other innocent Republicans, was a big fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Richard Cohen, the president of the SPLC, told the Washington Examiner that calling Antifa a hate group would be a “wrongheaded” move.

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