In the wake of violent events like the Republican Congressional baseball team shooting, you’d think the media would be trying not to offer the alt-left further targets for their violence.
CNN has done just the opposite, and published a list of “hate groups,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which includes, among others, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, and Pacific Justice Institute. These groups do not have a single hateful sentiment in their mission statements.
These mainstream groups are supported by large segments of Americans. Many of them have a foundation in Christianity, establish loving others, and protecting the weak. They also encourage only non-violent political action.
Groups listed as “Christian Identity” are listed alongside “Klu Klux Klan,” and “Racist Skinhead” groups. Many groups, which point out the objective issues with Islam, are listed as “Anti-Muslim,” as if they would ever advocate harming an individual on the basis of their religion.
Other groups, which express a disagreement with homosexuality, are called “Anti-LGBT,” even if they would never, ever, call for violence or harm against any person — LGBT or otherwise. The Southern Poverty Law Center offers a rationale for their categorization of each group as “hateful.”
For example, the American Family Association is listed as an Anti-LGBT group because their founder, Methodist minister Donald E. Wildmon, said that the emphasis on homosexuality would “abolish the traditional, Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality, marriage, and family.”
Such irresponsible characterization of these conservative and Christian organizations could actually put members in serious danger. After all, the shooter who attacked Scalise and others at the Congressional baseball game was clearly familiar with the SPLC, and had liked the group on Facebook, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Family Research Council has also been a target of violence, because of their categorization as a hate group by the SPLC. The 2012 shooter who injured a security guard, Floyd Lee Corkins II, specifically gave the SPLC’s categorization of the FRC as the reason for his attack.
According to Todd Starnes, the domestic terrorist admitted his intention was to kill as many of the people in the FRC as he could, to “intimidate” those who opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The Family Research Council is listed as a hate group by the SPLC because of their views on traditional marriage. Mainly, the quotes the SPLC relies on to support this categorization are FRC members arguing that acceptance of homosexuality will call for acceptance of pedophilia.
To some, such a statement may sound hateful, until one realizes that CNN themselves have published an article entitled “Do pedophiles deserve sympathy?” Other media outlets have published similar opinion pieces, including New York Times. Can you really call the FRC’s argument hateful if they turned out to be right? It’s a grey area.
Regardless, the FRC has never condoned violence against any group. The same goes for many of the conservative and Christian groups on the SPLC’s list. Instead, it is the SPLC acting as a hate group, by pointing out organizations for crazed leftists to continue to target, without so much as a disclaimer. Silence is tacit approval.