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Media needs to stop giving credibility to SPLC’s biased hate groups list

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Media needs to stop giving credibility to SPLC's biased hate groups list

Main­stream media often turns to the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter as the author­ity on hate groups in the United States. Their ever-​expanding list of orga­ni­za­tions they label as spread­ers of hate could be a valu­able resource if it wasn’t so bla­tantly biased against any con­ser­v­a­tive thought.

As this arti­cle is being posted, Richard Spencer is sched­uled to speak at the Uni­ver­sity of Florida shortly. He and his white nation­al­ist move­ment have been labeled as a hate group and pretty much every­thing I know about them makes the label appro­pri­ate. All of the arti­cles I’ve read about the event men­tion SPLC’s label. This would be a good thing with­out the afore­men­tioned bias.

With the bias, SPLC is an elab­o­rate joke being played on the media that doesn’t really have a punchline.

One of the orga­ni­za­tions on the list is Wind­sor Hills Bap­tist Church. When I lived in Okla­homa a decade ago, I knew peo­ple who went to the church then and I assume they still go to the church now. I’m famil­iar with their teach­ings and their tra­di­tional views on mar­riage. They were placed on the list because Rev­erend Tom Vine­yard made a state­ment before the city coun­cil that included declar­ing that 33% of child moles­ters were homo­sex­ual. One state­ment. That was six years ago. The church is still on the list.

Who’s not on the list? Black Lives Matter.

Who else isn’t on the list? Antifa.

To label a pas­tor and his con­gre­ga­tion as a hate group because of one conservative-​leaning state­ment, then to ignore the bla­tant and dan­ger­ous hatred that dri­ves two lib­eral groups turns a poten­tially use­ful list into a par­ody of itself. How can they have a sin­gle ounce of cred­i­bil­ity when they have a hair-​trigger pointed at con­ser­v­a­tives while hold­ing judg­ment against lib­er­als until the out­cry is too great? In fact, the “lib­eral” groups they include on their list are invari­ably there because of at least one semi-​conservative posi­tion in their agenda.

Black Lives Mat­ter can pro­mote vio­lence against police all day with­out fear of being labeled by SPLC, but if they ever spoke out against LGBT rights, they’d prob­a­bly make the list in a heart­beat. That’s how SPLC works. A hate group is only con­sid­ered a hate group if they cross a thresh­old based upon ide­ol­ogy rather than actual hate. As long as groups like BLM and Antifa point their hatred in the “right” direc­tion, SPLC con­sid­ers their hatred as righteous.

This isn’t really about SPLC, though. They have the right to their opin­ions and while I com­pletely dis­agree with their method­ol­ogy and ide­ol­ogy, I would never ask them to stop doing what they’re doing. What’s trou­bling is the media’s love for their list. There’s no such thing as a truly unbi­ased jour­nal­ist, but they should hold them­selves account­able to the truth first. The SPLC hate group list is not the truth. It’s an agenda-​driving nar­ra­tive. That the media gives them so much author­ity on the issue is both unpro­fes­sional and dishonest.

Hate groups should be con­demned based upon their actions and mes­sages. SPLC passes out its con­dem­na­tion based upon ide­ol­ogy alone. The media needs to stop giv­ing them such a tall plat­form if they’re unwill­ing to define hate in an unbi­ased manner.

Prager U elab­o­rated last week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNFNH0lmYdM

Mainstream media often turns to the Southern Poverty Law Center as the authority on hate groups in the United States. Their ever-expanding list of organizations they label as spreaders of hate could be a valuable resource if it wasn’t so blatantly biased against any conservative thought.

As this article is being posted, Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida shortly. He and his white nationalist movement have been labeled as a hate group and pretty much everything I know about them makes the label appropriate. All of the articles I’ve read about the event mention SPLC’s label. This would be a good thing without the aforementioned bias.

With the bias, SPLC is an elaborate joke being played on the media that doesn’t really have a punchline.

One of the organizations on the list is Windsor Hills Baptist Church. When I lived in Oklahoma a decade ago, I knew people who went to the church then and I assume they still go to the church now. I’m familiar with their teachings and their traditional views on marriage. They were placed on the list because Reverend Tom Vineyard made a statement before the city council that included declaring that 33% of child molesters were homosexual. One statement. That was six years ago. The church is still on the list.

Who’s not on the list? Black Lives Matter.

Who else isn’t on the list? Antifa.

To label a pastor and his congregation as a hate group because of one conservative-leaning statement, then to ignore the blatant and dangerous hatred that drives two liberal groups turns a potentially useful list into a parody of itself. How can they have a single ounce of credibility when they have a hair-trigger pointed at conservatives while holding judgment against liberals until the outcry is too great? In fact, the “liberal” groups they include on their list are invariably there because of at least one semi-conservative position in their agenda.

Black Lives Matter can promote violence against police all day without fear of being labeled by SPLC, but if they ever spoke out against LGBT rights, they’d probably make the list in a heartbeat. That’s how SPLC works. A hate group is only considered a hate group if they cross a threshold based upon ideology rather than actual hate. As long as groups like BLM and Antifa point their hatred in the “right” direction, SPLC considers their hatred as righteous.

This isn’t really about SPLC, though. They have the right to their opinions and while I completely disagree with their methodology and ideology, I would never ask them to stop doing what they’re doing. What’s troubling is the media’s love for their list. There’s no such thing as a truly unbiased journalist, but they should hold themselves accountable to the truth first. The SPLC hate group list is not the truth. It’s an agenda-driving narrative. That the media gives them so much authority on the issue is both unprofessional and dishonest.

Hate groups should be condemned based upon their actions and messages. SPLC passes out its condemnation based upon ideology alone. The media needs to stop giving them such a tall platform if they’re unwilling to define hate in an unbiased manner.

Prager U elaborated last week: