The anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the well-funded left-wing extremist group, has begun targeting Christian, pro-family, pro-traditional values organizations in earnest, especially since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and particularly since the violence in Charlottesville, VA.
Of note, in the aftermath of the Charlottesville, VA, tragedy, the SPLC's "fake hate" has targeted the pro-family group, Liberty Counsel, with vile lies that have spread far and wide through potentially thousands of news outlets, including CNN, which has joined forces in attacking Liberty Counsel. This defamatory attack equates Liberty Counsel with the most radical elements of society (including the person who drove the car into the crowd in Charlottesville) in a blatant attempt to link Liberty Counsel to violent, extremist radicals.
Unfortunately, major players are jumping on the bandwagon, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, who just announced he is donating $1 million to SPLC, and Amazon, which has just banned Liberty Counsel, along with other traditional organizations, from partaking in its Smile Amazon program, which allows consumers to choose a charity to receive a donation with every purchase. Liberty Counsel is now banned from being a potential charity to choose on Amazon's site.
Apparently, SPLC didn’t learn – or more likely simply doesn’t care – that its aggressive hatred of Christian groups has already led to at least one violent scene of attempted murder when, in August 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the lobby of Christian-based Family Research Council and began shooting.
Corkins later told police that he wanted to methodically kill as many people as possible because the FRC was listed as an SPLC “hate” group. Another victim, Dr. Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute scholar, was targeted in a violent outbreak earlier this year at Middlebury College after the AEI was identified as a “hate group” by the SPLC. In neither incident did the SPLC apologize or even acknowledge any regret.
It has become a common tactic of the Left to aggressively label groups that promote conservative and Judeo-Christian values as “hate groups” and “fringe” – rather than try to win in the court of public opinion. The goals are to demean religious belief and values and to shame and intimidate pro-family people into silence – and thus keep them out of the public forum.
The SPLC’s tactics against Christian and conservative groups is reminiscent of how Nazis worked to dehumanize Jews by producing movie clips showing Jews interspersed with rats and other vermin, to produce the message that they were all part of the same polluting society.
The SPLC employs a similar strategy using a series of “hate maps” for each state, interspersing Christian and conservative groups alongside neo-Nazi and KKK groups. They also use a lot of Nazi and KKK imagery on their website and list pro-family organizations and individual leaders among neo-Nazi and other white supremacy groups and leaders. Of course the goal is the same: to present these groups as all being equally vile. This fans the flames enough to assist them handily in raising huge amounts of money from gullible liberals to help fund their efforts to silence and sue anyone not in line with leftist thinking.
Not surprisingly, the SPLC fails to list actual hate groups – such as Black Lives Matter, which has advocated murdering police, and all leftist violence against Trump supporters, conservative speakers on college campuses and other hateful activities. And is it any surprise that since the SPLC started listing innocent, pro-Christian groups as hate groups that there have been numerous attacks on churches and gatherings of conservatives?
The SPLC doesn’t just leave the furthering of its agenda in the hands of those activists who fund it. A major tool for pushing its message of hate against conservative and Christian values is its “Teaching Tolerance” magazine, a truly creepy publication that basically teaches that true “tolerance” demands the rejection of traditional religious and cultural values. Because thousands of copies of “Teaching Tolerance” are sent to schools across America, how frightening to think that children are being fed the type of propaganda that could one day turn them into advocates for “protecting society” from "hateful" conservatives by any means, at any cost - just like the many 1930s-era Germans who bought into believing that they should be afraid of Jews.
The Left knows it can never win the war of public opinion using facts and reason, so the only choice is to lie about, shame, intimidate, and harass conservatives and people of faith who dare to speak out. It’s a classic bullying tactic. But like any bully, if you stand up to this boldly and aggressively, they will begin to back down. Bullies always do because deep down, they’re basically cowards. That’s why it’s so important to keeping fighting with the truth, because the truth eventually wins - and if we don't fight for it, conservatives will be facing, in fact already are, a very real and increasing threat to our safety.