It’s time for the media to stop taking seriously the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups.
The SPLC had a distinguished history as a civil rights organization. In the 1960s and 1970s, it took on the Ku Klux Klan and other actual hate groups.
Unfortunately, its current leadership has tarnished that legacy by attacking individuals and groups who are well within the mainstream but who disagree with the SPLC’s far-left agenda.
Among those denounced by the SPLC are Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Christina Hoff Sommers, a respected researcher at the American Enterprise Institute.
Organizations critical of Islamic extremism often end up on the SPLC’s list. Maajid Nawaz, a devout Muslim, founded the Quilliam Foundation to fight Islamic extremism. When Quilliam was labeled a hate group by the SPLC, Nawaz sued and in June the SPLC agreed to apologize and pay him $3.375 million.
Other mainstream organizations and individuals have been subjected to threats and harassment after finding themselves on the SPLC's list. The media should recognize the SPLC for the partisan left-wing group it has become and stop enabling its libels.
Anthony Patrick O’Brien