Do you belong to a hate group? Are you a right wing extremist? If you answered no to both those questions, the SPLC may accuse you of being in denial.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is what researcher Laird Wilcox calls an agenda driven special interest group. At one time, that agenda was fairly transparent, if odious; in recent years and maybe not so recent years its agenda has widened to smear anyone its controllers don't like as bigots, haters, ad nauseum. This technique is by no means new; it dates to the early 20th Century and was directed primarily in the first instance at enemies of Communism. No change there, then.
This 34 minute video is a presentation by William Jasper of the John Birch Society Exposing the Southern Poverty Law Center, currently on BrassCheck TV.
Although the SPLC does do some good work, Jasper's contention is that it does far more that is anything but good, a claim he backs up with hard evidence.
Early on in his presentation he gives one striking example, that of Carol Swain whom the SPLC claimed was an apologist for white supremacists. Swain is actually both a professor of law and black, which does tend rather to undermine that bold assertion. In addition to that, she was one of those people who applauded the apology issued to blacks for slavery a few years ago. This did not go down at all well with black Conservative Erik Rush who called her a monumentally overly degreed mediocrity.
Black ministers have been targeted especially by the SPLC as haters for their opposition to homosexuality and so-called gay marriage. Unlike most white churchmen, their black counterparts have not been brainwashed by the organised homosexual movement's propaganda, and have been outspoken in their condemnation of what they see as sin. Condemn sin, become a hater.
According to Jasper, the SPLC is most famous for its hate map, as it is indeed. Here is one example from this map which he did not cite, Free Edgar Steele, one of 18 current entries for the State of Idaho. Whether or not Edgar Steele was rightly convicted for his alleged part in a bizarre bomb plot, the Attorney for the Damned can hardly be described as a hate group, nor can his wife and the one or two people who run the site.
Jasper gives a detailed analysis of how the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies of government have swallowed the SPLC's propaganda: ad hominem attacks, guilt by association and outright lies, something many of these groups do, although the SPLC has been more successful than most, certainly financially, having acquired assets in excess of $200,000,000, which leads him to suggest it should be renamed the Southern Wealth Enrichment Center. Certainly, spokesman Mark Potok and most especially its co-founder Morris Dees have done extraordinarily well out of this so-called not-for-profit, but however big a slice of the pie they have cut for themselves, organisations like the SPLC are first and foremost a menace to freedom, and the best way to demonstrate this is by a simple exposure of their propaganda, and especially their outright lies. This short video is a good start.