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Hope C. Crolius: Questions motives of Southern Poverty Law Center


Monday, September 11, 2017
Southern Poverty Law Center’s motives questioned

For months, canvassers for the Southern Poverty Law Center have been on the streets of Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield. Their red shirts make them easy to spot, but when I see them, I see the color of hypocrisy.

The SPLC publishes a “hate map” pinpointing where “hate groups” exist. While some of the groups do in fact hold ideas that most people would agree are antisocial or loathsome, the SPLC lists several Christian and conservative groups that promote a traditional view of marriage and sexuality.

These groups — including the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association, the American College of Pediatricians, the Family Research Institute, the Liberty Counsel and the World Congress of Families — uphold the sanctity of life, religious liberty, and the definition of family that was accepted for centuries. These groups do not advocate violence in any way; they simply hold ideas that are incompatible with the SPLC’s hard-left ideology.

While the SPLC may have had noble beginnings fighting the dragons of the KKK when it was founded in 1971, it is now a bloated moneymaking machine that slaps the “extremist” label on anyone that doesn’t hew to its own subjective and arbitrary definition of hate.

I have long wondered if its habit of aggressively defaming those who think outside of the SPLC box — along with its overweening influence on the media, which turns to the SPLC for guidance on who and what is a “hate group” — has caused it to become the very thing it set out to brand on others.

Hope C. Crolius

Amherst