[Ed. – SPLC has been at this for a while, and its “hate group” smears have resulted in a domestic terror attack on the Family Research Council. Let us not forget, moreover, that SPLC labeled the Orlando nightclub attack and the BLM-inspired killing of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas cases of “right-wing extremism.” It seems the mask of truthfulness and responsibility is entirely off now.]
Brad Dacus was thousands of miles away in California last weekend when the Charlottesville protest erupted, so he was flabbergasted when CNN labeled his Pacific Justice Institute a “hate group.”
“Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” said the CNN wire story headline on Chicago’s WGN-TV website.
The article listed the 917 organizations on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s much-disputed “hate map,” which names racist groups like the Aryan Nation alongside mainstream conservative organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council.
Mr. Dacus’ conservative Sacramento-based institute, which specializes in religious-liberty cases, was featured on the CNN list right below the Pacific Coast Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Other conservative groups blasted CNN and called on the cable network to retract the article.