Matt Barber, in his recent article for Canada Free Press, seeks to sum up what has come to the attention of much of the public about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the wake of the recent shooting by a Left-wing homosexual activist in Washington, DC. The best single line of the article is, ‘The hard-left group has become everything it presumes to expose.’ That does sum things up well. As Barber goes on to argue, the SPLC has been dishonest and sloppy in advancing its extreme ideology:
Alongside violence-charged photos of actual hate groups like the Aryan Brotherhood and the KKK, the SPLC lists on its website the decidedly mainstream and always peaceful FRC.
It’s a clever strategy, dishonest and reprehensible though it may be. By juxtaposing FRC and other Christian organizations with violent extremist groups, SPLC has engaged in intellectual sloth at its worst (the organization has repeatedly declined to debate FRC President Tony Perkins over its “hate group” smear).
Rather than debating – on the merits – mainstream Christian groups with which it has ideological disagreement, SPLC has chosen, instead, the coward’s way out: demonization and marginalization through false guilt by association.
It’s a scheme not only slimy, but extremely dangerous.
It’s very encouraging to see a growing number of people criticising the SPLC and refusing to be cowed by the far-Left group. This has put Mark Potok and the folks in his circle on the defensive, which is positive since that makes them far less effective in advancing their destructive agenda.