Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Jayson Veley
Why is it that when an organization comes out in support of traditional marriage, for example, they are labeled as a hate group, but when other organizations specifically target conservative groups for the sole purpose of shutting them down, they get a free pass? Why is silencing right-of-center groups not considered to be hateful and bigoted, but any attempts to silence a pro-gay, pro-Muslim or pro-minority organization would more than likely result in lawsuits and criminal charges? In this day and age, these are questions that need to be asked; otherwise, the left’s all-out assault on the freedom of speech will only get worse.
Earlier this month, Gatehouse Media published an article entitled “Florida ranks 2nd highest in US hate groups,” in which they cite the discredited and highly politicized Southern Poverty Law Center to perpetuate an irrational fear and hatred of conservative organizations.
“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are currently 63 active hate groups in Florida, behind California’s 79,” the article states. “There are six in the Orlando region, according to the SPLC: ACT for America (anti-Muslim), Legal Immigrants for America (anti-immigrant), Insight USA (general hate), All Eyes on Egypt Bookstore (black separatist), Liberty Counsel (anti-LGBT) and Vanguard America (white nationalist).”
How convenient it is that all of the so-called “hate groups” listed by Gatehouse Media and the Southern Poverty Law Center are all groups that the progressives disagree with politically. This is the game that the liberals play – if you don’t bow down to their big government, social justice ideology, then you are considered a hateful bigot that doesn’t have the right to free speech. There is no middle ground with them, because they fail to recognize the fact that an organization can hold conservative principles without being racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or just generally full of hate.
In this sense, the progressives feel as though they are morally superior to their conservative counterpart. They truly believe that they are the most tolerant, most compassionate, and most virtuous human beings that have ever walked the earth, and therefore, those who do not follow them are blinded by bigotry and ignorance. That is why organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center are always labeling conservative organizations as “hate groups,” because in their eyes, to be anything other than a left wing progressive is unacceptable and morally insufficient.
This is exactly why we should be extremely wary of any company – especially Internet-based ones – that announces plans to censor content as a way of combatting “hate speech.” With each passing day, it becomes more and more clear that organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and companies such as Facebook and Google really aren’t about stopping the spread of hate speech at all; they are about censoring political views that pose a threat to the progressive agenda.
For further proof that it is not, never was, and never will be about stopping hate groups, all one has to do is look at the following quote made by Matt Potock with the SPLC: “Our criteria for a ‘hate group,’ first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess we’re making about ‘this group could be dangerous. It’s strictly ideological.” In another instance, Potock is caught on video during a public meeting stating, “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them…”
The next time the people at the Southern Poverty Law Center review their list of “hate groups,” perhaps they should consider writing themselves down as well. After all, if targeting Americans based on their political affiliation isn’t hate, then what is?