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If there is any justice, the firing of its founder should to launch the collapse and liquidation of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Posted by M. C. on March 17, 2019

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By Thomas Lifson

Few private organizations can match the Southern Poverty Law Center when it comes to hypocrisy and malign influence, though Media Matters for America might be close. In a development shocking only to its leftist true believers, the founder and most prominent public face of the group, Morris Dees, was fired for unspecified reasons. The Montgomery Advertiser, the home town paper where it is located, reported:

SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees’ dismissal over his misconduct was effective on Wednesday, March 13. When pressed for details on what led to the termination, the organization declined to elaborate.

“As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” Cohen said in the emailed statement. “When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.”

Dees, 82, co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971.

“It was not my decision, what they did,” Dees said when reached by phone. “I wish the center the absolute best. Whatever reasons they had of theirs, I don’t know.”

Instead of any transparency and accountability, the most the SPLC would even hint at was:

Dees’ termination is one of several steps taken by the organization this week, Cohen said.

“Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we’re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve — one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected,” Cohen said.

This implies sexism or racism, quite possibly sexual harassment, but is tantalizingly vague. But The Advertiser long has highlighted related issues:

A 1994 Montgomery Advertiser series provided a deep look into the organization controlled by the multimillionaire Dees, illustrating his near-singular control over the organization and its mammoth budget.

The series, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, revealed a figure seen as heroic by some and single-minded by others. Dees’ critics said he was more concerned with fundraising than litigating.

The series also alleged discriminatory treatment of black employees within the advocacy group, despite its outward efforts to improve the treatment of minorities in the country. Staffers at the time “accused Morris Dees, the center’s driving force, of being a racist and black employees have ‘felt threatened and banded together.’” The organization denied the accusations raised in the series.

But these issues are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hypocrisy and outright evil perpetrated by the SPLC, whose half billion dollars ought to be liquated and applied the alleviation of Southern Poverty, about which it has done little.  Longtime readers of American Thinker know that we have published literally scores of articles and blogs on that organization’s descent from a long-ago legitimate opponent of real racists into an anti-conservative attack dog, identifying anyone whose agenda opposes theirs as racists. Along the way, it has milked donors and become incredibly rich (over half a billion dollars in assets, $121 million of it parked overseas). It has also sparked appalling hate crimes – including a mass assassination attempt on a completely nonviolent/non-racist think tank, the Family Research Council, that it put on its notorious “hate map.”..

The IRS reportedly is investigating a complaint about its abuse of its tax-exempt status.

Despite all these scandals, the SPLC continues to enjoy the favor of the corporate and media establishments, with Google donating a quarter million and many big media outlets relying on its phony designations of hate groups.

So, maybe Dees was fired for sexual or racial infractions, but my strong suspicion is that control of the half billion dollars in assets is the real issue. A pot of money that big attracts a lot of devious people, and it would seem that a lot of devious peeple have found a home over the years at the SPLC.

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Conservative Christians Unwelcome at the University of Oklahoma

Posted by M. C. on October 14, 2018

The SPLC is so nutty that it places the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization dedicated to defending religious liberty, in the same category as neo-Nazis.

After announcing the resignation of Professor McCall, Dean Joseph Harroz made the Orwellian proclamation that the O.U. Law School was “a place of inclusion.”

By David Deming

…Last month, the campus newspaper at the University of Oklahoma, the O.U. Daily, began a systematic attack on law professor Brian McCall for his religious and social views.  Once an average college newspaper, in recent years, the Daily has degenerated into a publication entirely devoted to promoting radical leftist ideology.  The young staff live in an anxious and insecure world permeated with racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, inequality, and social injustice.  A few years ago, the Daily became the laughingstock of the nation for publishing an editorial arguing that nude-colored women’s underwear is racist.

Professor McCall was criticized for being editor of Catholic Family News.  The apparent source of the O.U. Daily’s inspiration was the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  The SPLC categorizes Catholic Family News as a “hate group” because a former editor allegedly expressed anti-Semitic opinions.  The SPLC itself has been described as a “hate group” because of its radical leftist orientation and its relentless war on conservative and religious groups.  The SPLC is so nutty that it places the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization dedicated to defending religious liberty, in the same category as neo-Nazis.  In the last seven years, the Alliance Defending Freedom has won nine legal victories in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.  That means either that the Supreme Court is also a “hate group” or that the SPLC is a hyper-partisan leftist scam.

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More Fascism – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on September 18, 2017

Eleven years ago, this essay argued against hate-crime laws. One argument read “People can eventually be accused of hate crimes when they use hateful speech. Hate crimes laws are a seed that can sprout in new directions.” This has now come to pass, I am sorry to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Libertarian Pushback – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on August 25, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center and American Defamation League and their brothers in the media finding enemies and Nazis everywhere. You have to do something to keep busy and justify your existence.

The letter ran:

I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.

We would like to ask you a few questions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Something stinks about Charlottesville

Posted by M. C. on August 20, 2017

Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone’s face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter.  I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Active Patriot Groups in the US in 2016 | Southern Poverty Law Center

Posted by M. C. on February 27, 2017

Maxine Waters would be a good poster child for the SPLC.

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The Lame Duck Obama Will Be The Most Dangerous-Domestic Terrorism and Total Population Control

Posted by M. C. on October 18, 2015

This WND article describes Obama’s latest threat to freedom-the Domestic Terrorist Council. Domestic terrorist is meant to include anyone anti-government or whom considers themselves a sovereign citizen.

Side note: What is a sovereign citizen? Definitions vary from anyone who believes in their Constitutional rights see here

to those who pick and choose what laws they prefer to obey see here

to the FBI’s definition which includes anyone who does not like to do as they are instructed.

Anyone that speaks out against government atrocities, advocates for gun rights, protests police violence, is a military veteran, is a Libertarian or even just conservative is a target. The list will grow to anyone that questions government actions in any way. Read the rest of this entry »

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