Hopefully, we are watching the end days as they pertain to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a scam organization that has made millions off their absurd claim to be an authority on American hate groups. Over the last couple of years, liberals have begun to (slowly) awaken to the truth of the SPLC’s mission, which is to demonize anyone who criticizes Islam, gay marriage, abortion, or any of a thousand other sacred cows that the law center considers untouchable. Also awakening are the courts, which have delivered several expensive judgements against the organization in recent years, stemming from the SPLC’s habit of slandering their political enemies with the false smear of “hate.”
Unfortunately, as Jessica Prol Smith notes in a new USA Today op-ed, the damage the SPLC does is not limited to financial ruin:
I’ll never forget the moment I learned we were on lockdown. It was Aug.15, 2012. My frustration mingled with fear. Trapped on the sixth floor, we knew someone had been shot. We knew we couldn’t leave yet. We knew little else.
While I was missing lunch, a crime scene played out in the office lobby below me. My coworker and friend Leo wasn’t armed, but he’d played the quick-thinking and inadvertent hero, disarming a young man on a mission to kill me and as many of my colleagues as possible. The gunman had packed his backpack with ammo and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches — later admitting that he’d planned to smear them on our lifeless faces as a political statement. Leo took a bullet in the arm but managed to disarm and hold the attacker until law enforcement arrived.
I wrote and edited for the Family Research Council, a public advocacy organization that promoted the principles I’d cared about since childhood: protecting the family, promoting the dignity of every human life and advocating for religious liberty. It reads like a tagline, but it’s also just what I believed and the way I chose to match my career with my convictions.
Smith later realized that the terrorist chose the offices of the Family Research Center for a reason: They had been labeled a “hate group” by the SPLC.
“It’s always been easier to smear people rather than wrestle with their ideas. It’s a bully who calls names and spreads lies rather than thoroughly reading a brief’s legal arguments or challenging the rationale underlying a policy proposal. The SPLC has chosen to take the easy path — to intimidate and mislead for raw political power and financial benefit,” writes Smith.
Smith now works for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian law firm that has been invaluable when it comes to pushing back on the unconstitutional aims of left-wing state governments across the country. The ADF, of course, has also been labeled a hate group by the SPLC.
Pathetically, despite everything known about this hostile group, the mainstream media continues to cite their idiotic labels as if they originate from a truly independent authority. Until they stop feeding the beast, the SPLC will keep fleecing donors who are under the mistaken impression that they are doing good work and not, as is actually the case, slandering their political opponents for the egregious sin of disagreeing with their views.