Southern Poverty Law Center Maligns SIOA as “Hate Group”

Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, February 25, 2011

One day after another Islamic supremacist plot was thwarted in Texas (with the intention of “killing infidel Americans” with “weapons of mass destruction”), the subversive uber-leftwing fringe group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has slandered our human rights organization, SIOA [Stop Islamization of America], as a “hate group.” The haters and deceivers accuse us of what they themselves are guilty of.

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union the SPLC was designated as a Communist front. It was essentially run by a couple, Anne and Carl Braden, who were CPUSA members. They had been identified in sworn testimony, and they made no attempt to deny the allegations. They would be proud that their legacy remains intact – their “heirs”–destroyers and America-haters–continue the work to subvert, destroy America.

[Why] doesn’t the SPLC even have a category for Islamic jihadi groups? Not one. The greatest threat facing our nation, our people, our world, and they are shilling for them and smearing those of us fighting for preservation of our freedom.

Here is proof: recently a reader sent me an exchange he had with the SPLC’s Mark Potok. Reader Bob wrote, “I started out by looking on their website for a definition of the term ‘hate group’ fully expecting that Islam would fit any reasonable definition. When I couldn’t find such a definition (still can’t today) I inquired.” In the course of the exchange, Potok wrote back: “With regard to monitoring radical jihadists, we have made a pragmatic decision to leave that mainly to the major Jewish NGOs, which do a good job and have some real expertise that would likely take us years to develop.” In other words, the real hate just doesn’t matter to the SPLC. “Still,” Potok continued, “we do cover black Muslim extremists and have written about such matters as the connections between radical Muslims and neo-Nazis.”

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But consider what they have admitted to here. They refuse to cover, evaluate, or report on the single greatest threat to free men here and across the world. The jihad is exempt from the prying, dishonest leadership of the SLPC, but those who are standing up against these tremendous odds are being smeared, defamed and destroyed.

The SPLC is getting well paid to do this. According to the SPLC’s 990 Form for 2008, the SPLC’s Chief Trial Counsel Morris Dees made a generous $348,420 that year. SPLC President and CEO, Richard Cohen, was right behind him, at $344,490. General Counsel Joseph Levin made $189,166. Legal director Rhonda Brownstein brought in $179,806; CFO Teenie Hutchinson, $155,414. Potok pulled in $143,099. Former Chief Operating Officer Jeff Blancett made $159,301–that’s right, the former COO.

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