How I Became a Hate Group

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Every time the Southern Poverty Law Center sent out another begging letter asking donors to help an organization with a mere 216 million dollar endowment fight an impossible uphill battle against Bare Naked Islam, Atlas Shrugs and Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, I had to do my part so that all the poor employees of the Southern Poverty Law Center would have enough to eat that night.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to have expanded beyond its core mission of using the law to impoverish people in the south, to qualify as an anti-Muslim hate group, you had to believe such outrageous filthy things as the notion that Islam might be, “sanctioning pedophilia, marital rape, and child marriage.”

People who believe such Islamophobic nonsense include the Ayatollah Khamenei, the Grand Mufti of Australia and the author of a certain curious hadith that affirms:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” (Sahih Bukhari 7.62.88)

The Koran, meanwhile, also sanctions polygamy: “marry of women as may be agreeable to you, two, or three, or four.”

Quickly I understood that I was now part of a much bigger anti-Muslim hate group than I had realized. This Islamophobic group included all of Islam. Was it possible for Islam itself to be an anti-Muslim hate group? It seemed mind-boggling, but there could be no other answer.

Pakistan, which had legalized the marriage of 12 year olds, was surely the base for a major Anti-Islamic hate group which was doing its best to demean Islam. It also appeared to be conspiring to depict Muslims as “irrational, intolerant and violent,” which was another check box on the SPLC list. But the story didn’t end there.

“These groups also typically hold conspiratorial views regarding the inherent danger to America posed by its Muslim-American community.” Now it appeared that anti-Islam hate groups included the FBI and the NYPD, which were notorious for suspecting that Muslim-Americans might be terrorists and arresting them and detaining them for doing nothing more than practicing some aspects of their religion.

Suddenly it wasn’t just one man and a cat– it was the entire Muslim world, the FBI, the NYPD and it didn’t end there. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s own website had a list of Top 10 Jihadists, slurring the names of such respectable practitioners of traditional Islam as Anwar Al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who had appeared on PBS, NPR and many other outlets to explain the peaceful nature of Islam, and Abdullah Muhammad, whom the Center outrageously suggests was conspiring to terrorize South Park for mocking the other Muhammad, the one who, in a bid to make Islam look bad, practiced pedophilia, marital rape and child marriage.

Even the Southern Poverty Law Center had exposed itself as an anti-Islam hate group, and how could I or anyone else trust it to assemble a reliable anti-Islam hate group list, when it had left itself off that list?

It was hard for me to accept that a group of intrepid researchers who had cluelessly listed Ann Barnhardt twice, listed Silver Bullet Gun Oil, a gun lubricant, as a hate group, and listed single-author blogs like mine, Pamela Geller’s and Bonni Intall’s as “hate groups,” could possibly be wrong. How could an organization which wrote down “Casa D’Ice Signs” as a hate group without realizing that Casa D’Ice was a bar, make a mistake?

But there was no way around it. The SPLC had proven to be Islamophobes and couldn’t be trusted anymore. And so I could no longer take their word that I and my cat were an anti-Muslim hate group. Though Morris Dees may have to go hungry to bed tonight, I must decline the honor of posing as a member of a hate group in order to help him defraud his donors. But I will always remember the brief four hours when I had my own hate group.

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  • Grantmann

    "Clearly I was now a hate group, and with tax season upon us, I called my accountant to find out if there was a tax deduction for that. There wasn’t."

    With 60,000 pages or so in our tax code, I'm sure you could get with Timmy Geitner to find a loophole somehow!

  • deleted4597853

    The Southern Poverty Law Center originally started with a mission of civil rights. That was over 40 years ago. Since that time, it appears to have become a self-serving lefty organization in a witch hunt. I applaud its work ferreting out hate bonafide hate groups, but now some of their work seems to have stepped into a witch hunt for unpolitical correctness.

    • Texas Mom

      In the beginning, Morris Dees seemed to be a man for all seasons, maybe this is the inevitable ending for all organizations, religions and ideologies – founded to do good and be good and eventually falling into the abyss,,,,,,,,,

    • Tom

      Translation:

      “I applaud the SPLC’s work in labeling as hate groups the groups that I don’t agree with politically, but when they condemn groups that I am politically aligned with they are certainly carrying out an illegitimate witch hunt.”

      You’re so intellectually dull, or unapologetically self serving, that it makes ones skin crawl.

      • Saltire

        "“I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.” – William F. Buckley Jr.

        Troll.

      • Ziggy Zoggy

        Tommissive,

        you forgot to mention any of the right-wing political groups that "deleted" is aligned with, like Casa D'Ice Signs, Faith Freedom and Greenfield's KKKat.

        How do all you moonbats fit on the same short bus, anyway?

        • mah29001

          Shut up troll.

      • Ziggy Zoggy

        Tommissive,

        you forgot to mention any of the right-wing political groups that "deleted" is aligned with, like Casa D'Ice Signs, Freedom Foundation or Greenfield's KKKat.

  • David M

    $outhern Wealth Law Center need$ another 2$$,$$$,$$$.

  • StephenD

    Does this "Law Center" do Pro Bono work to protect Civil Rights, like the right to speak freely? Maybe all those on their list can use their services and their existence will not be in vain. Can you picture having them defend our right to speak our mind? Sounds like something the Hollywood folks may want to pursue. You made me laugh with this one Mr. Greenfield. Good work.

  • Trebuchet

    Didn't the SPLC rip some South Carolina Black Farmers off for about $3 million dollars a few years ago?

  • WildJew

    I would take it as a compliment to be on SPLC's list of Islamophobic "hate" groups. What's the saying? A man is known or distinguished by his critics (his enemies)?

    • johnnywoods

      Me too Wild, just as long as they spell my name right.

  • ASG

    I'd be honored to join your group of Hate! Strength in numbers Daniel.

  • tagalog

    Have you ever noticed that the people who are most focused on the "H8ERS" are often the first people to begin spouting vitriol at others when they disagree with them?

    • johnnywoods

      Noticed that, have you?

  • RobbinsMitchell

    How do I get myself on Morris Dees' little list?…insult his mamma or something?…guess I really haven't been trying hard enough

  • Choi

    SPLC is just another link in the ENTIRE LEFT-WING HATE AMERICA NETWORK of TREASONOUS ORGANIZATIONS.
    Being BRANDED by them is a DISTINGUISHED HONOR,Sultan.

  • modernminuteman

    i think the southern poverty law center should list themselves as a hate group. does anyone really take them seriously?

    • Richard

      yes, statist, far left leaning democrats

    • Doyle Pritchard

      Well, modernminuteman, I believe Homeland Security and the Justice Dept. utilize their " Hate Group " Lists quite a bit.

  • 005

    This article is funny in so many ways, and should be a red-faced embarrassment to Morris Dees. As a police officer connected to JTTF we used to howl over their lists!

  • Fred

    Why doesn't Morris Dee go after and investigate the many Muslim Armed Training Camps in America? I bet he is afraid.

  • maturin20

    Well, Mr. Greenfield, your writings are certainly racist and religiously bigoted. Although Morris Dees is not the ultimate arbiter of who is a racist, he has you pegged correctly.

    • pagegl

      You have an interesting sense of logic. It must be part of the disease of being a leftist. Please explain how someone, who merely repeats what is in the Koran and Hadiths and statements of past and current Islamic leaders, is hateful. Or is the issue disagreeing with the teachings of Islam? Or maybe disagreeing with the leftist party line?

    • Choi

      Every day you give fresh evidence of what a LEFT-WING JIHAD-PANDERING POS TROLL that YOU ARE,Maturin20!
      It's starting to look as if you're a PAID POS to boot.

      • maturin20

        What effrontery. My POSing is its own reward! I'm not-for-hatefilled-profit, unlike Mr. Greenfield.

        • Western Canadian

          Since you claim you are not trolling for money, lets assume that to be true, which leaves you trolling out of your irrational hatred. Yeah, sounds like you.

        • Ziggy Zoggy

          POSing definitely is its own reward. Hamas and the PA receive trillions for doing it and forums like this are the only place a nebbish like you can get any attention.

    • mah29001

      If the SLPC wants to look at a hate group, why won't it look at the Muslim Students Association or far left groups where imbeciles like you belong?

      • maturin20

        They need your stern and caring guidance. Go join their Board of Directors.

        • mah29001

          You Fascist Palestinian supporters. Do you care how Fascist and hateminded you really are? There's a Palestinian football player who is now labeled a "traitor" because he just wants to play on the Israeli side.

          Gee, and I wonder why there isn't peace, it's because of cowards like you.

          • maturin20

            If I'm understanding you rightly, you're admitting that you're a loser among losers, since you can't even beat a bunch of cowards like me.

          • mah29001

            Yea, you are a loser.

          • aspacia

            immature, it is you who is the loser.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            immaturin20, nobody wants to beat you but you sure are eager to beat everybody else.

          • Western Canadian

            You are understanding nothing, just trolling like the hate filled loser you are.

          • maturin20

            Another county heard from. I think you're more of a ACLU man than the SPLC.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            immaturin, I think you're more of a NAMBLA man than the SPLC.

          • mah29001

            Says the one who sticks up for Jihadis.

          • maturin20

            You seem like a Jihadi to me. Jihadis wear face masks. Jihadis run secretive websites where they call for the death of other people. Jihadis believe in the supremacy of their religion. Jihadis frequently get their hate sites closed down. You have done all that stuff.

          • mah29001

            You're just trying to be dumb are you? You are dumb. Dummy.

          • maturin20

            No. I just happened to notice that your older blog got closed down for being a hate site.

          • mah29001

            Like how Stormfront would probably agree with you Imbecile20 on the murder of that Israeli family? Yea, that same Israeli family which you would justify murder. Isn't that hate?

          • maturin20

            I don't read Stormfront. You do, apparently. You clearly have to bring them up because none of them are me, and without them you just don't have an explanation for reg'lar old people who just don't agree with you. I have been reading your posts. You have foamed and frothed and called me derogatory names for a while. Now you are pretending I am David Duke and Don Black. Even though those two men are wrongheaded fools, at least they are not ashamed to be lowlifes under their true identities. They at least have that much over you.

          • mah29001

            And yet you're the one who agrees with Stormfront on justifying murder of Jews right? Right Imbecile20? You justify murder don't you?

          • maturin20

            No. I don't. That's just something you keep saying to get me to visit Stormfront. It's pretty weird advertising.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Closed by whom? Most service providers spew yottabytes of hatred daily but only allow the sort that passes left-wing standards. Exactly the sort of retarded hatemongering you practice.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Are my insults unusually offensive?

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            George Soros and high school mascots are jihadis like you? Who knew.

    • ajnn

      is this sarcasm ? i am confused. it is good to give at least one example if you are serious.

      • maturin20

        It's not sarcasm at all, and once the SPLC has determined you are a racist, it is final. They started a shoving match outside the National Alliance and then filed an assault and battery suit against them and then won the whole property and built on it. I expect soon, that Morris Dees and Mark Potok will have a shoving match with Sultan Knish and end up owning his blog.

    • intrcptr2

      And the laughs just keep coming…

    • mah29001

      Moron20,

      Get a life loser.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Immaturin20,

      ah, yes. The standard left-wing accusation of racism that is supposed to stifle all discussion by demonizing whomever it is flung at. Most mouth breathers use it as the ultimate ad hominem but you opened with it and even added an accusation of islamophobia. Premature accusation is a common affliction of lefties.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      imaturin20,

      what race and religion does the author claim are superior to all others, and how does the SPLC escape your idiotic accusation?

  • Tanstaafl

    This is a singular honor that I can only hope one day to achieve. Praise to you, Sultan Knish!

    • intrcptr2

      Sultanhu akhbar!!!

  • poptoy1949

    Being branded by the SPLC as a Hate Group or Person is a badge of Honor . Given what the SPLC has become and what it represents today consider it a Badge of Honor. The SPLC is now being run by Jewish man that is totally Anti-Israel in every respect. I see no difference between him and George Soros.

    • Choi

      Morris Dees is as BIG a P.O.S as they come.
      HATE is STILL HATE even if spoken in a soft Southern accent as Dees is living PROOF of.

  • NYC Parent

    Well done. But I'd like the absurdity illustrated here to go even further, and a point made expressly.

    All of us who care about freedom of speech, and freedom of thought need to overtly reject the concept of a "hate-" anything. Speech, or an article, is speech or an article. It is exactly the words on the page, or the blog, and is not clarified at all, but mystified only, by the prefix "hate-" A group is a group, and they are what they exactly are.

    The prefix "hate-" serves the opposite function of a useful definition. Rather than to clarify, or to denote, it serves only as a pejorative obfuscation, often deliberately so, and always insidiously, to deem certain thoughts or associations illegal (or deem them so without redeeming value such that even otherwise thoughtful people almost have to concede that they "deserve" no protection as free speech, once the designation applies).

    Your humorous piece illustrate the absurdity of the designation. But we can get too mired in the particular case (that Islam itself does warrant severe criticism as an ideology).

    But the whole pseudo argument of well intended people arguing what "should and shouldn't properly be considered hate speech" cedes tremendously pernicious point.

    No one, and that means absolutely no one, should think that they can render illegal anyones free thought or speech because they disagree with the content of their ideas: however malicious, false, ignorant, hateful, or offensive they may be to you, or someone else. Well, you can try. But that places you squarely in the camp of the Stalins, the Pol Pots, the Hitlers and well outside our Constitutional and philosophical traditions.

    So well done, but we can all benefit from some articles to make the point expressly that none of us should ever agree to speak as though "hate speech" is a respectable or intellectually legitimate construct, or have any meaning except as a malignant and pliable tool to delegitimize free thought itself.

    • Guest

      Great post

  • hajid

    The Southern Poverty Law Center probably hates itself because it is soooo rich, therefore they need to find some targets in order to reduce their rich into poverty/

  • Questions

    The $PLC is a nonprofit group that recognized long ago the cash and P.R. value of applying the label "hate group" recklessly. The Spring 2010 issue of The Social Contract contained many articles on the seamy aspects of Morris Dees' operations. It is essential reading for all immigration patriots.

  • Nakba1948

    Hey, if the shoe fits, wear it. FPM, its writers, and sympathizers are all seriously infected with Islamophobia. You see Islam and Muslims in bipolar terms, and judge them by the most extreme and unrepresentative among our ranks. This is exactly the approach taken by the likes of David Duke, who finds an excuse to blame everything on "the Jews," no matter how tenuous the connection. I'm glad that the SPLC has called you out on your bigotry. Unfortunately for you, we are many, and you are few. Bigotry against any religion or ethnicity, religious fanaticism and Zionist zealotry have no place in a civilized world.

    • mah29001

      Why are you pro-Palestinian people not listed as haters? You agree with every neo-Nazi and white supremacist website around that da Zionist Joos "control" the USA.

    • ajnn

      'bi-polar' ? i think you mean 'bi-nomial'. i will not comment on your ignorance of basic math concepts.

      the best way to discredit frontpage and horowitz is to cite moderate muslims who denounce the extremists cited by frontpage and horowitz.

      can this be ? if not, then maybe frontpage and horowitz are not the villains here.

    • Tanstaafl

      Pot. Kettle. Black.

    • reader

      "This is exactly the approach taken by the likes of David Duke, who finds an excuse to blame everything on "the Jews," no matter how tenuous the connection"

      This is classic, given that the self-vetted on this very site islamonazi, who self blames everything on "the Jews," has already blown his phony "palestinian cause" disguise on several occasions.

    • Anonymous

      Here's a joke for nutbar1948:

      Man gets out of the plane in Riyadh, walks through the airport terminal to the street outside, goes to the taxi area, gets in a cab, says to the driver:

      "Take me to the Jewish neighborhood."

      Get it, anus face nutbar1948?

    • Georg Soreass

      Nakba, bro, you were born in 1948, makes you a senile, alzheimered, cranky old fart. Explains your commentary…The years haven't mellowed you; just made you more stupid……..

      • KarshiKhanabad

        Hey there, sonny, I was born in 1948 and I'm not a s-a-c-o-f! Retired, yes.

        Nutbar styles his username after "the worst event ever to happen to the Muslim world". That's the implied meaning of the Arabic word "nakba" meaning catastrophe. Which of course was the founding of the State of Israel which took place in 1948.

        For me and many, Israel is a blessing upon this earth. Nutbar doesn't see it that way because he is a typical Jew-hating Nazi-loving Pali with murder in his misbegotten heart.

        • intrcptr2

          HEY!!!

          Don't insult Snickers bars like that.

    • wri7913

      Codified bigotry, racism and sexism is even worse as it presents a systemic path for abuse and destruction.

      Yet 1.4 Billion people are still following this book.

      • KarshiKhanabad

        Yes, 1.4 billion are following the Koran which teaches

        Bigotry against "infidels" who must revert, submit, or die
        Racism against blacks and non-Arabs whether they are Muslim or not
        Sexism against women who under Islam are treated worse than animals

        Care to continue?

        • mah29001

          Oh, let's ignore how the sects of Islam continue to fight among each other. Yea, that's nothing to be of concern to you.

          • KarshiKhanabad

            Oh I love it that the sects of Islam continue to fight among each other. Muslims killing Muslims not only concerns me greatly, it entertains me beyond belief and usefully reduces the number of potential terrorists. It also utterly destroys their propagandistic insistence that a world made totally Islamic would be a world totally at peace.

            Ha!

          • mah29001

            A typical dumb response from a typical Islamist. So I guess those Protestants and Catholics killing each other over the years also means there is nothing like that in Christianity? Are you that dumb?

            Yes, yes you are.

          • KarshiKhanabad

            What the Irish of different Christian sects have done to each other is tragic, wasteful, and unnecessary, but at least they're not spreading their internecine warfare to the rest of the civilized world.

            "A typical dumb response from a typical Islamist." You're the dumb one if you believe that. I want nothing less than to see Makkah nuked off the face of the Earth so that a billion plus Muslims will be rendered dumb, stupid & reeling at the failure of their god. Deus vult!

            Does my username confuse you? Looks like it has, and that's the whole Idea.

          • mah29001

            So apparently it's also not the same with the same Christian sects being upset over the rise of Mormonism being a heretic sect of Christianity? Or how about the reasons why Christians whom were non-Anglican left Britain?

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            mamah'sboy29001, there is no moral equivalence between Christianity and islam and there never has been. Christianity has never had a doctrine of jihad (subjugation and murder of all non-fanatics and the establishment of a truly horrific empire) but that is the core tenet of islam.

      • Ziggy Zoggy

        You're right about the koran but misinformed about the number of koranimals. 1.4 billion is a grossly inflated figure that has no basis in reality. It's just another falsehood promulgated by the oh, so trustworthy islamopithecines and their left-wing fellow travelers. After 911 the population total miraculously (for them) jumped to 800 million. Now it has nearly doubled? Don't believe it. I sure as hell don't

    • aspacia

      Nakba, LOL, phobic is irrational fear, however most violent terrorist attacks stem from Muslims which makes my FEAR totally rational.

      Again, Nakba, it is your brethren who discriminate against you, not Zionists.

      What about the 650,000 Jews driven from Muslim majority lands without compensation? You dolt, your brethren are using you as cannon fodder.

    • Guest

      "Bigotry against any religion or ethnicity, religious fanaticism and Zionist zealotry have no place in a civilized world."

      You are a perfect example of a leftist fool who will march himself, and the rest of the free world if you can help it, into the shackles of slavery (communism).

      You have no idea what it takes to maintain a "civilized world", as it is precisely this hostility toward other political groups, all of which are organized by either race or religion, that keeps our society safe, secure, and of high quality.

      The western world was made in "bigotry" and continues to be so today. The rules have not changed, nor will they ever. "Bigotry" keeps this land free of Sharia law. "Bigotry" keeps this land a first world nation that has a higher quality of life than does anywhere in Latin America or Africa.

      ALL political opposition is based in hate. ALL true politics is based in race and religion. Political enemies are NEVER friendly. If they are, then they are not truly opposed to one another. If you don't agree with this logic, then you have no moral stance against Islam or any other group within whose society you do not wish to live. Want to live with blacks? Go to Africa and enjoy. Want to live with Hispanics? Hey, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Mexico are short flights away. Enjoy. The lack of African and Hispanic influence here (rapidly increasing) is what keeps our society from being indistinguishable from the societies that they create elsewhere. Our historical society is an expression of European immigrant culture and ideals. That is worthy of preserving somewhere on this planet.

      The only thing that your egalitarian philosophy accomplishes is convincing certain groups not to fight for their rights against the influence and politically hostile advance of other groups. The label of 'hate' is an act of aggression against the rights of people to defend themselves against others, and should be recognized and treated accordingly.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Koos1948, muslims hate muslims. Does that make them islamophobic? How are hatred or contempt "phobias?" How is the well earned hatred of the uber bigoted cult of islam a form of bigotry? Infidels outnumber islamopithecines 8.4 to one (according to even the most over-inflated population figure for the 'pithecines) and rational people outnumber lefties by an incalculably high number, so how are you a member of the "many" and FPM readers members of the "few?" (Don't get me started on how mentally healthy people outnumber deviants.) If the belief that Jews deserve their homeland doesn't have a place in a civilized world, then why does your desire to destroy it deserve a place?

  • stevefraser

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a Left-wing hate group.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Yes. Yes it is.

  • Dennis X

    Interesting that the same articles appear on this web site( which is anti- islam) also appear at league of the south, druge etc. just sayin. SPLC doen't go far enough , the nation of islam is listed but no racist 1%er biker club are listed nor is this site.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      This website is anti-jihad and anti-terrorist. Obviously you have a problem with that.

      The 1%er bikers and the white supremacists are stupid, pathetic, and of no signficance whatsoever. They may terrorize bars and honkytonks, but that's about all.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Dhimmie X, only a lunatic or lowlife would agree with your hate list.

  • trickyblain

    Ok, I usually pan FPM articles – but this was great! But, not being an avid Greenfield reader, where does the cat fit in? Is the cat Sultan Knish?

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      You usually TRY to pan them-along with the entire adult world-and always fail.

  • Jerry

    Mr. Greenfield, so sorry to hear that you only have the cat to follow up on your important work. Your genes deserve a better fate. May you live long and prosper.

  • evy

    Dear Mr Greenfield, by way of consolation to you, you have many miles away, a couple of friends who have been accused of 'hate'. Between us, we have 3 cats (that number could go up in a few days, by a half dozen if size is any indicator) so there are at least for now 7 in your club, (and a few more from the comment section)though we be sprinkled like salt (which gets in peoples' self inflicted wounds), here a little there a little. Cheers.
    As to you,poor Nakba, quietly get yourself a KJV1611 Bible and start reading. God is able to deliver.

  • gamma

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group that tries to get people to hate Daniel Greenfield and anyone who is not part of the far left.

  • Ron Carnine

    I have been warning about SPLC for quite a while now. They publish a magazine called "Intelligence Report" that is geared for law enforcement (I'm a disabled LEO) and still get this piece of garbage every month. They claim their purpose is to educate the law enforcement community about the great right wing conspiracy. The magazine is incorrect and slanderous and rarely speaks about Muslim terror groups, rather labels Muslim's as "victims" of the hate mongers. Cops need to file 13 this piece of propaganda and challenge its reporting. They also hold seminars to teach LEO's about right wing terror groups. Any Chief who lets them near his officers is being blinded. Don't worry Jamie, you're in good company, they listed Chuck Norris too!

  • Ron Carnine

    Sorry Daniel, I called you Jamie, but I meant well!

  • Sally

    Delightful piece!

  • aspacia

    LMFAO, GREAT JOB GREENFIELD!

  • kohana

    You can count me as a member of your group as well, I do hate Islam and there is nothing phobic about it. Islam is an evil, evil death cult.

  • mah29001

    Moron20 is a dumb loser.