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SPLC Targets Patriot Groups as “Non-Islamic Domestic Terrorists”

March 10, 2013
Gary DeMar
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molon-labe-jeffersonFund raising must be down at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Because the KKK and skin-head groups are a distant memory, the folks at the SPLC have worked feverishly to find radial bad guys so the money will keep rolling in. Their new phantom targets are “far right hate groups.” Mark Potok, the so-called “Senior Fellow” at the SPLC, wrote the following in its Spring 2013 Intelligence Report:

“Capping four years of explosive growth sparked by the election of America’s first black president and anger over the economy, the number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012, while the number of hard-core hate groups remained above 1,000. As President Obama enters his second term with an agenda of gun control and immigration reform, the rage on the right is likely to intensify.”

J. Richard Cohen, President & CEO, of the SPLC sent a letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security with this outrageous charge: “Because of the looming dangers, we urge you to establish an interagency task force to assess the adequacy of the resources devoted to responding to the growing threat of non-Islamic domestic terrorism.”

A patriot group is identified as a group of individuals who are opposed to “gun control” and “immigration reform,” both of which are constitutional issues. If you stand against the President and other anti-Second Amendment advocates, then you are a “conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot.’”

If immigration reform means advocating amnesty for illegal aliens who will be used as political fodder for the Democrat Party, then you are a “conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot.’”

The SPLC is in the fund-raising business. They have to create straw man targets in order to keep the checks coming in.

Of course, the SPLC had to make its report about race: “the election of America’s first black president.” But in the same report, Potok mentions that anti-government sentiment over gun control goes back to the 1990s when Bill Clinton was president. While Clinton was touted as America’s “first black president,” he is white as the driven snow. I suspect that he was described as our “first black president” so that criticism directed against his liberal policies could be labeled “racist.”

Where are the actions of these “far-right militia groups”? It wasn’t militia groups that killed people in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater or the elementary students in Newtown, Connecticut.

In fact, there hasn’t been a single “far-right militia group” incident since Obama’s been president. We do know that Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Council, injuring a guard before he was subdued, was not a far-right militia type. In fact, he was in full agreement with the “hate-group” label stamped on many conservative groups.

Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, blamed the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” label as a contributor to Corkins’ actions. After Corkins pleaded guilty, Perkins said the following:

“The day after Floyd Corkins came into the FRC headquarters and opened fire wounding one of our team members, I stated that while Corkins was responsible for the shooting, he had been given a license to perpetrate this act of violence by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has systematically and recklessly labeled every organization with which they disagree as a ‘hate group.’

“Today both assertions were validated in court as Corkins plead guilty to multiple criminal charges, including terrorism. The Southern Poverty Law Center can no longer say that it is not a source for those bent on committing acts of violence.  Only by ending its hate-labeling practices will the SPLC send a message that it no longer wishes to be a source for those who would commit acts of violence that are only designed to intimidate and silence Christians and others who support natural marriage and traditional morality.

Corkins was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his bag when he was taken into custody. He wanted to kill people and put a bag next to each victim. The SPLC had designated the Family Research Council as a “hate group” because of the organization’s views on homosexual practices and homosexual marriage.

The SPLC never lists Leftist groups as “hate groups.” It’s only organizations and groups on the so-called right of the political and social spectrum. When homosexual groups targeted people who supported California’s anti-homosexual marriage ‘Proposition 8,’ the SPLC remained silent.

The SPLC is nothing more than a fund-raising machine for leftist causes and high salaries for leftist propagandists. As Jesse Walker of Reason magazine has written, the SPLC “would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds.”

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  1. rkeefe57 permalink
    March 11, 2013 2:04 pm

    The SPLC’s “hate map” and militia list are created by their $150,000 dollar-a-year public relations chief, Mark Potok. Mr. Potok has no legal or law enforcement background. His job is to frighten the SPLC’s mostly elderly donors out of as much cash as possible.

    Take Mr. Potok’s comments about the first Black president. In 2008, immediately following President Obama’s election, Mr. Potok gravely predicted “explosive growth” in the number of “hate groups,” due to “the tanking economy and a Black man in the White House.”

    By the end of 2009, the first year of the Obama Administration and the worst year of the current recession, Mr. Potok could only designate six new “hate groups,” for an increase of 0.6%, the smallest increase in SPLC history.

    Last weekend, Mr. Potok released his “hate group” list for 2012 and for the first time in SPLC history the number of groups actually DECLINED, bringing the total back to 2009 levels.

    Mr. Potok’s “explosive growth” has turned out to be a damp squib according to his own data.

    A year ago this month, Mr. Potok added 20 chapters of something he calls “The Georgia Militia” to that state’s “hate map.” The problem is Mr. Potok could not locate 18 of those chapters on any map, including his own.

    Instead, Mark Potok simply inserted 18 empty slots marked “Georgia Militia” to pad out his numbers. This year Mr. Potok reduced that ridiculous number down to 12 empty slots and one marked “statewide.” If you have a generic statewide designation, Mr. Potok, what exactly are 12 empty slots for?

    You can see it for yourselves on the SPLC web site:

    THIS is “hard data”?

    Fortunately for Mr. Potok, no one in the media or government would ever think to examine his claims and so he can pull any number out of his imagination he desires.

    Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of well-meaning donors took Mr. Potok’s “hate group” numbers at face value and sent him more than $40 million dollars, or just over $4,600 dollars every hour of every day.

    That figure does not include the $18 million in tax-free interest generated by the SPLC’s bloated quarter-BILLION dollar Endowment fund.

    The bottom line at the SPLC continues to be the bottom line. Mr. Potok has a huge financial incentive to perpetuate the SPLC’s 30-year-old fear campaign. There are literally tens of millions of dollars at stake.

    The “hate group” label is one of the most profitable brand names to roll out of the Deep South since Coca-Cola.

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