June 26, 2017
By Ian Mason
Conservative non-profits labeled “hate groups” by the left-wing advocacy outfit the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), responded this week to Guidestar USA’s decision to stop using the designation.
Guidestar, which purports to be the largest database of charities, made the decision last week to stop using the list of “hate groups” published by the SPLC in their online listings. Previously, Guidestar had prominently placed the hate group designation on charities that the SPLC had deemed to deserve the label. The move came in response to a letter addressed to Guidestar by the leadership of many prominent American conservative organizations, some of whom had been given the once-powerful hate designation.
The letter posited that:
The SPLC has no bona fides to make such determinations. It is not a governmental organization using a rigorous criteria to create its lists, and it is not a scientifically oriented organization … The “hate group” list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven. … Read the full story by Ian Mason.
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