My colleague Jeff Dunetz detailed the repulsive, malicious, counterfactual attack on the prolific blogger Pamela Geller by the character assassins at the fundraising firm and phony watchdog group known as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I’ve been studying the megabucks slime factory for years. Among many other things, the SPLC is effectively pro-Islamic terrorism. Why else would it consider the Muslim Brotherhood front group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), upon which it bases its attack on Geller, to be credible and trustworthy? Something’s going on there that neither group is telling up about.
The SPLC argues that opposition to totalitarian Islam is racist and un-American. And who’s out in front railing against this danger? You guessed it: Geller.
But the SPLC does so much more than shill for America’s enemies. If it is good and decent, chances are the SPLC is against it. And if it conflicts with the ultra politically correct, unintelligible identity politics-infused Marxism of its leaders, it must be annihilated.
It habitually tries to incite hatred against good, law-abiding Americans who hold traditional American views, e.g. respect for the Constitution, limited government, and enforcing immigration laws and protecting the border. If you stand up for these things you are a drooling monster. It’s all part of the ongoing leftist effort to stigmatize and delegitimize the views of everyday Americans who love their country and its free institutions.
The provocateurs and malcontents of the SPLC are in roughly the same category as Media Matters for America except it ties its messages more closely to its fundraising and is way more space-cadet radical. They’re kooks with a capital K. (A fascinating “K” coincidence: the SPLC suffers from acute paranoia when it comes to the KKK, a loathsome but laughable group whose ranks have been decimated in recent decades. The grand cyclopic wizards or whatever they’re called of the Ku Klux Klan would have trouble organizing a two-car funeral nowadays. They’re forgettable losers.)
While Media Matters is positively obsessed with destroying Republicans and specific issues, the extremely wealthy bullies of the SPLC are just plain obsessed with destruction, like anarchists with Ph.Ds in bomb-making. (I’m not sure there is such an academic specialty but go with me on the simile, OK?)
SPLC publications are positively kooky. From an article I wrote for the American Spectator:
The SPLC also published an article claiming that the immensely popular film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was “little more than a glorified vision of white patriarchy.” Another SPLC author argued that the “Harry Potter” book series, which uses the term “half-blood” in a discussion of how characters acquire magical powers, was racist. Who knew the endearing little magicians of Hogwarts were actually agents of Nazi-like racial pseudoscience?
One SPLC article warns against the dangers of little girls dressing up as princesses on Halloween: “Too often, beautiful at Halloween means white, blonde, princess masks. What statement does your Halloween costume make about what constitutes beauty — and about who is beautiful and who isn’t?”
The Center lumps all sorts of groups on America’s political right together, labeling them enemies of the Republic. Conservative, libertarian, anti-tax, immigration reductionist and other groups are all viewed as legitimate targets for vilification. To the SPLC, you practice “hate” whenever you fail to genuflect with politically correct reverence before every human difference.
The Southern Poverty Law Center views America as a terrible place that needs to be radically transformed. Unsurprisingly, people who defend what’s good in America, such as Pamela Geller, constantly find their way onto the group’s target list.
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