If you needed any further proof that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a tool of the radical left, take a look at the latest man to earn a spot on their “extremist watch list.” It’s none other than Republican presidential hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson. How did a mainstream political candidate, an accomplished neurosurgeon, and a extraordinarily well-respected pillar of the community wind up on SPLC’s radar?
Well, according to them, he’s earned his spot for his “anti-gay” comments.
Even though the thought of allowing gays to get married is one that would have been laughed out of the building just a few short years ago, it appears that defending traditional marriage now qualifies as “hate.”
The SPLC quotes Carson’s views on marriage: “Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality – it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”
To be certain, Carson is not afraid to speak his mind. His chances of securing the Republican nomination for 2016 are somewhere between “not this time” and “not in a million years.” But though he has a penchant for blunt, hardline speech, it’s hard to find the evidence that he is the hateful “extremist” the SPLC claims him to be.
Only Certain Extremists…
Looking down the list of “extremists” the SPLC includes on their website gives you an indication of where they’re coming from. Helpfully, they’ve included a little “Ideology” tag next to each name. Ideologies missing from the list: “Anti-white,” “Islamic extremist,” “Pro-abortion fanatic,” and “Radical Leftist.” Instead, all you see are ideologies that would go over well in a room full of academic liberal elitists: White nationalist, Ku Klux Klan, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Anti-immigrant, Patriot Movement. Only two names stand out on the other side of the ideological scale: Louis Farrakhan and Malik Zulu Shabazz, both labeled as Black Separatists.
Despite their obvious bias, the SPLC is treated as though they are some kind of authority. In releasing their 2014 overview of the nation’s “hate groups,” the Center concluded that “the radical right is growing leaner and meaner. The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high.” Oh, that scary potential for violence. Always better to focus fundraising efforts around that rather than the groups, you know, who are actually out there committing violence.
There would be nothing to this, except for the fact that newspapers and mainstream journalists like to casually mention that “such and such” group is labeled a hate group by the SPLC. They don’t go on to mention that this is a private, fundraising organization, entirely driven by leftist ideology. To be sure, some of the groups and individuals called out by the group meet the definition of “hate” by any reasonable standards. But it’s the ones that don’t (and the ones that are conveniently ignored) that show the SPLC to be the joke that it is.