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The business of hate

Once upon a time in America, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was an intrepid civil rights organization that exposed racial hate groups like the KKK and the Neo-Nazis. Its name was innocuous enough. In fact, it had an underdog quality to it that through the years has parlayed into hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.

However, today, the SPLC has devolved into a radical, anti-Christian, anti-conservative, political action group spinning in a whirlpool of angst. As they do yearly, the SPLC added dozens of mainstream Christian and conservative groups to its “hate map.”

New editions to the SPLC annual hate fest for their defense of Christian marriage being between one man and one woman are the Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. The SPLC has stretched its definition of “hate” to include Christian organizations that uphold biblical teachings like The Remnant, a traditionally cultured Catholic fortnightly.

Hate map alumni include Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, Sen. Rand Paul, and Ben Carson, now HUD Secretary. Fox commentators Laura Ingraham, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Jeanine Pirro are listed as extremists because advocates of limited government and Constitutionalists are always prime candidates for enshrinement.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who grew up Muslim and endured female genital mutilation, is now an “anti-Muslim extremist” and a member of the SPLC hate map because Ali speaks out against such evil. Others include the Ruth Institute that seeks to end the breakdown of the family and believes that biology determines sex and gender and not one’s feelings.

How any of this is justified as “hateful” and belonging alongside the Nation of Islam, Neo-Nazis and the KKK is beyond reproach. Not making the list are Black Lives Matter, ICIS and ANTIFA, an organization that has taken credit for opening fire on crowds attending public events. SPLC’s hate map also includes groups that oppose Obamacare and NAFTA.

SPLC’s definition of “hate groups” is much too vague and allows them to smear mainstream organizations and individuals with whom they disagree with. You are a hater provided you disagree with their leftist political agenda.

Disagreement is not hate. In fact, wise council could be its fruit.

The SPLC is guilty of the hate it claims to fight and business is not just good, it’s exceptional.

The SPLC is based in Montgomery, Alabama, and the locals call their palatial headquarters, “the Poverty Palace.” The money trail tells the soiled tale. The SPLC’s hate map is integral part of their fundraising.

According to Fox News’ John Stossel, SPLC co-founder Morris Dees draws an annual salary of nearly half a million dollars. Dees once promised to stop fundraising once SPLC’s endowment hit $55 million. But when Dees reached that amount, he upped the bar to $100 million, saying that would allow them “to cease costly fundraising.” Today, the SPLC’s has an endowment of nearly $320 million, much of it tucked away offshore in the Cayman Islands.

“I’ve never known a U.S.-based nonprofit dealing in human rights or social services to have any foreign bank accounts,” Amy Sterling Casil, CEO of Pacific Human Capital, a nonprofit consulting firm, told The Washington Free Beacon. “I am stunned to learn of transfers of millions to offshore bank accounts. It is a huge red flag and would have been completely unacceptable to any wealthy, responsible, experienced board member who was committed to a charitable mission who I ever worked with.”

The SPLC is not only itself a hate group, but a money-grabbing slander machine. Other million-dollar donor companies include Apple, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Pfizer, Lyft and Newman’s Own. It is one thing for corporations to squander their shareholders’ money, but directly assisting to suck the life out of small nonprofits solely because the SPLC blacklists them as hate groups and doesn’t like their religious and traditional beliefs is criminally un-American.

The SPLC has devolved into the leviathan they claim to conquer; instead, they are another left-wing group opposed to Christian and civil rights. They are a prototype Orwellian saga that provides a glimpse into the Christophobic future we are racing towards as they allocate millions to smear those who try to live their faith in the true poverty of spirit.

(Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes “Talking Points” for each Sunday edition.)