America’s most notorious hate group, and the intellectual leader of the Antifa movement, is slowly being brought to its knees.
On Monday, Maajid Nawaz, a leading voice in the reform Muslim movement against fundamentalist Islam, agreed to a $3.3 million settlement from the SPLC after the group incorrectly labeled him “Islamophobic.”
Founded in 1971, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a non-profit civil rights law firm that once earned a positive reputation in the 1970s while suing the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups.
Nowadays, however, the SPLC has turned its aim and its reported $100 million war chest toward shutting down conservatives and others who don’t share its views of political correctness.
Some of the SPLC’s targets have suffered violence at the hands of the Antifa movement, while others have lost speaking or employment opportunities because of the influence of the SPLC’s hate list.
The SPLC has gone after targets that range from the ridiculous to the downright innocent:
They have targeted pick-up artists who train men on how to talk to women in bars.
They added conservative Christian groups to their “hate map,” which has been blamed by some as leading one of their followers to shoot up the D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council in 2012.
They put Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) on their “hate list,” and he was shot in 2017 by a man who “liked” the SPLC on Facebook.
More recently, former left-wing Young Turks reporter Dave Rubin was added to the SPLC’s hate map. Rubin, a socially-liberal gay Jew, was labeled a white supremacist for the crime of interviewing someone the SPLC considers a white supremacist. The SPLC then added Dennis Prager’s Prager University to its hate map because Rubin appeared in one of the videos.
Today, innocent victims of the SPLC like Maajid Nawaz are fighting back and progress is being made:
About 60 groups are said to be considering lawsuits against the SPLC.
The FBI and U.S. Army partially broke their relationship with the SPLC.
Hopefully, the SPLC will return its focus to the handful of remaining bigots in America. Otherwise, it needs to lose its non-profit status and itself be labeled a hate group.