Why is anyone still giving the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) oxygen? It’s been clear for some time that they’ve given up trying to be a serious organization, and are now dedicated to simply defaming anyone they disagree with, by whatever method comes to hand.
Daily Caller and Breitbart are reporting that the SPLC has labeled the June 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, by Omar Mateen, an example of “terror from the right.” This in spite of the fact that Mateen swore allegiance to ISIS during the attack, and had been connected for years with radical Islamist Marcus Dwayne Robertson (aka Abu Taubah), among other extensive Islamist links.
The SPLC also called the 2009 attack on FBI agents by Luqman Ameen Abdullah, in Dearborn, MI, an example of “terror from the right.” Abdullah was a radical Islamist who advocated creation of an Islamic state in the U.S.
Equally inexplicable: the SPLC also calls the mass slayings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge “terror from the right.” These attacks were committed by perpetrators inspired by Black Lives Matter, and connected with radical black nationalist groups.
You know who else the SPLC has labeled as a far-right extremist, and placed on its “watch list”? Dr. Ben Carson.
As far as the SPLC is concerned, Ben Carson, Omar Mateen, and the Dallas and Baton Rouge cop-killers are all cut from the same cloth.
Keep all that in mind, whenever you hear claims being made about who is committing “hate crimes” against whom in America. The MSM and left-wing bloggers are especially likely to take their statistics and talking points from the SPLC.
With these latest examples, the SPLC has ventured beyond any last tether to reality, much less honesty. Apparently, lacking real instances of “terror from the right,” the SPLC simply took Islamist terror, and terror from the left (black nationalist/BLM-inspired), and relabeled it.
Perhaps they hoped no one would notice. They haven’t responded to queries about their reasoning. They did put a spokesman on air in November to explain that the expression “drain the swamp,” a favorite of Trump supporters, is “racist.” This appears to be solely because Trump supporters have been saying it a lot. (Ironically, if you know Trump supporters, you know that the swamp-creatures they want to expose are people like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Paul Ryan, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, along with the executive careerists who cycle through the revolving door between federal agencies and the lobbying, legal, and banking industries — the vast majority of whom are of white European descent.)
Noteworthy, meanwhile: the FBI dropped the SPLC as a resource on the incidence of “hate crimes” back in 2014. Even the Obama administration could no longer justify accepting input from the group.
One need not, at this point, take seriously anything the SPLC says.