Since the violence at Charlottesville, Virginia, companies with left-leaning leadership have taken action to silence what they consider to be “hate speech.” Now Apple is joining the likes of Google and GoDaddy in using its resources to censor dissenting voices from the Right.
According to PJ Media, Apple has announced that it will donate $2 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization linked to an act of terrorism against members of the conservative Family Research Council.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be giving $2 million to the Anti-Defamation League and the SPLC in the name of fighting “hate.” USA Today reports that Cook is also asking company employees for donations and will be matching their payments two-to-one through September 30.
Additionally, Cook has ordered the creation of a new system by which users of Apple’s iTunes software can donate directly to the SPLC. Cook, an Alabama native who identifies strongly with the Alabama-based SPLC, made the following statement on Twitter: “We’ve seen the terror of white supremacy & racist violence before. It’s a moral issue – an affront to America. We must all stand against it.”
In a subsequent memo, Cook went on to call hate a “cancer” that destroys “everything in its path.”
Cook, who met with President Trump at the White House’s American Technology Council, criticized the President’s assertion that left-wing armed Antifa protesters at Charlottesville were as much to blame for the violence as the white supremacists who attended.
The Apple CEO said: “I disagree with the President and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans”
Accordingly, Cooke’s move will give Apple funds to an organization that has made headlines for equating conservative groups with the KKK and white supremacists–a policy that has led to acts of political violence.
While the SPLC includes actual supremacist organizations like Neo-Nazis on its list of hate groups, it also names organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC). The FRC advocates traditional marriage and religious liberty. Because of this Christian perspective, the SPLC has labeled the FRC as being “anti-gay” and placed it on its list.
This resulted in a much-publicized shooting in 2013, which was covered by The Washington Examiner. Floyd Lee Corkins III entered the FRC office in Washington, DC with the intention of killing every person there. He also had Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which he planned to smear on the faces of his victims. Fortunately, the would-be assassin was stopped by a security guard, who was wounded. What was Corkins’ motivation? He read on SPLC’s website that FRC discriminated against gays.
Corkins was ultimately sentenced on charges of terrorism. But he would not be the last SPLC follower to attempt murder. According to Breitbart, James Hodgkinson, the Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others in an attempt to murder congressional Republicans, had “liked” the SPLC page on Facebook.
Conservatives are asking whether Apple’s financial support of SPLC will result in the censoring of right-wing voices on grounds of “hate speech.” The anti-hate agenda may have unintended consequences for the future of free speech in America.