The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has put together an online “hate map” that depicts the locations of every so-called “hate group” in the country – a visual tool that the Montgomery, Alabama-based organization claims to have developed simply in order for the public to “track” the activities of the listed entities. But according to new reports, radical left-wing extremists are now using the SPLC’s “hate map” for a much different purpose: To commit violent acts against their socio-political opponents.
Casey Mattox, Director of the Center for Academic Freedom (CAF), recently published an op-ed in The Daily Signal explaining how, not too long ago, his organization was targeted as a result of the SPLC’s “hate map.” Mattox recalls a harrowing incident from about five years ago in which a security guard who worked at the Family Research Council (FRC) building in Washington, D.C., where CAF’s headquarters is located was shot by a left-wing extremist named Floyd Corkins.
Had he not been stopped by police, Corkins would have proceeded to try to kill Mattox and several others from the CAF. FRC and its executives were also on Corkins’ hit list because they advocate for defining marriage in the traditional way as being between a man and a woman – a position that the SPLC considers to represent “hate.” What Corkins had intended for his targets was nothing short of gruesome, and it’s all because of the SPLC that he got so close to bringing it to bear.
“Along with enough rounds of ammunition to do the job, he’d also brought a supply of Chick-fil-A sandwiches to stuff in our mouths, to mock our corpses,” Mattox writes. “Corkins said he chose our 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).”
What’s interesting about the SPLC’s “hate map” is that it does include actual hate groups like the New Black Panther Party, a racist, anti-white domestic terrorist organization, as well as the Nation of Islam, a black separatist cohort. But it lumps these extremist groups right in with non-profit advocacy groups like the American Family Association (AFA), a conservative Christian organization that stands in support of Biblical truths and principles.
The New Black Panther Party openly advocates for black people to commit acts of violence against whites, Jews, and others who don’t support black separatist demagoguery. Its entire platform is centered around violence, in fact, the group’s leaders insisting that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent approach to seeking justice has somehow “failed.” Contrast that with the AFA, which promotes a universal message of salvation and eternal peace through faith in Jesus Christ and it becomes clear that the SPLC has a biased agenda.
None of this will come as much of a surprise to folks who are familiar with the SPLC’s longstanding position of marginalizing both whites and Christians. But it’s important to point out, especially in light of the fact that the SPLC’s constant meddling in social affairs is starting to trigger a wave of violence against conservative and Christian groups that the group has unjustly labeled as “hate” groups.
“A list of KKK, Neo-Nazi, and other violent groups could be a non-partisan service to the public. But that isn’t what the cash-infused Southern Poverty Law Center provides,” says Mattox. “Instead, the Southern Poverty Law Center expressly acknowledges that its list is biased, focused on taking out groups it describes as the ‘American radical right’ – which it defines broadly, smearing all its opponents equally.”
“Thus, under the guise of fighting ‘hate,’ the Southern Poverty Law Center lumps together with Nazis and the KKK veterans, Catholics, Muslims who oppose terrorism, nuns, and now my own Alliance Defending Freedom.”
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