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: