This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 25, 2017:
In a recent interview, Judge Roy Moore was asked about the Southern Poverty Law Center. He responded, “The Southern Poverty Law Center has had Ben Carson on their hate list. They’ve had Tony Perkins [of the Family Research Council] on their hate list. The truth is: they’re the ones that hate. They hate God, and they hate the acknowledgement of God.”
This should surprise no one who has even briefly looked into the background of the SPLC. It has hated God and His people for decades. When Morris Dees founded the outfit in 1971, he named his good friend Julian Bond as president. Bond, it will be remembered – which Dees full well knew at the time – was the co-founder of the pro-communist Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and harbored a visceral contempt for the United States, considering it to be an irredeemably racist nation. In 1965, Bond was the vice-chairman of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation, a front group controlled by the Communist Party USA. Some will remember that group as the National Committee to Abolish HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee).
Through the 1960s, Bond emerged as a rising star of the American left, was officially endorsed by the Communist Party, participated in various Communist political activities, and campaigned for known Communists and other hard-left politicians. In 1967, Bond served as co-chairman of the National Conference for New Politics (NCNP), described by then Senator James Eastland as a group “working hand-in-glove with the Communist Party” to foment “revolution in the United States. The NCNP’s national board included the Marxist Herbert Marcuse and the notorious black racist Stokely Carmichael.
So Dees knew exactly who Bond was when he co-founded the SPLC with him in 1971. Bond stayed on as its president through 1979.
The reason Judge Moore was being asked about the SPLC was that last week it was targeted in a lawsuit from one of the many Christian and conservative groups it has smeared by including them in its “hate map.” The suit was filed by the National Center for Life and Liberty of the D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) for “trafficking in false or misleading descriptions of the services offered under the ministry’s trademarked name; and for defamation pursuant to Alabama common law arising from the publication and distribution of information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.”
Frank Wright, the CEO of the ministries, explained why it is suing the SPLC:
We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong. Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as “hate” groups solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful.
In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.
At issue is the SPLC’s inclusion of Wright’s ministries in its “hate” map along with the KKK and various Nazi and neo-Nazi groups. Thanks to the unblinking and uncritical acceptance of that “hate map” as legitimate by various members of the media, it has damaged the ministries. That’s why included in the lawsuit is Amazon and the charity guidance group GuideStar. Each has taken SPLC’s designation of DLKM seriously and blocked it from listing it at AmazonSmile and removed it from GuideStar’s list of approved ministries.
These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious speech for all people of faith. After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.
This has nothing to do with “hate,” said Wright:
This is about everything that stands in opposition to the hard left liberal agenda. If you favor sanctity of human life, you’re a hater. [If you’re opposed to illegal] immigration, you’re a hater. [If you’re in] favor of immigration reform, [you’re a hater].
The one thing that, quite frankly, is infuriating is that apparently you can fly fuel-laden airplanes into tall buildings and not be considered a hater [by the SPLC]. You can make Christians kneel on the beach and slice their heads off and not be a hater.
But if you say anything against the violence of Islam, [you’re a hater].
The group’s hatred of God and the people who follow Him is palpable, and they know the underlying issue that they are doing the devil’s work to accomplish. As the lawsuit noted:
Because the ministry’s position on ‘LGBT’ issues is inextricably intertwined and connected to the ministry’s religious theology, and because SPLC and GuideStar have declared the ministry to be a hate group due to the ministry’s stand on LGBT issues, what occurred here is that SPLC and GuideStar have discriminated against the ministry because of its theology and its religious beliefs.
The SPLC, in other words, is attacking the First Amendment, which guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It is a polar opposite of the beliefs that informed the Founders when they were writing the Constitution. Roger Sherman, one of the most influential of the Founders, gave 138 speeches at the Constitutional Convention. In one of them he urged Christians to renew their surrender to Christ,
Admiring and thankfully acknowledging the riches of redeeming love, and earnestly imploring that Divine assistance which may enable us to live no more to ourselves, but to Him Who loved us and gave Himself to die for us.
Morris Dees, who still serves as the SPLC’s chief trial attorney, obviously knows nothing about Him but labors instead for the Evil One. What Dees does know is that the battle isn’t over LBGT “issues” but over life’s primary issue: to whom does one pledge allegiance: the God of the universe, or His arch-enemy? In his twisted view, Dees seeks a world that declares only allegiance to the state, and those who believe in God must be dealt with accordingly.
AL.com: Ministry files lawsuit against Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group
ChristianToday.com: Christian ministry sues after being listed as ‘hate’ group alongside KKK and neo-Nazis
The Washington Times: Christian ministry sues over listing on Southern Poverty Law’s ‘hate map’
Townhall.com: What Is Hate And Who Defines It? The SPLC?
Newsmax.com: Ministry Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate’ Designation
WND.com: Left-wing groups sued for violating Christians’ civil rights
SATPRNews.com: Family Research Council Statement on D. James Kennedy Ministries’ Lawsuit Against the Southern Poverty Law Center
Background on Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president