Conservative Non-Profits Respond to ‘World’s Largest’ Online Charity Listing Dropping Discredited SPLC ‘Hate’ Designations
Ian Mason, Breitbart, June 27, 2017
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.
The letter also quoted SPLC Director Mark Potok’s 2007 statement, uncovered by the charity watchdog Philanthropy Roundtable that, “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. . . . I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”
The Family Research Council, a Christian think-tank based in Colorado, is one group that has roused the SPLC’s ire with its advocacy against same-sex marriage and defense of traditional family roles and was a signatory of the letter to Guidestar. The SPLC has labeled it a hate group for years.
The FRC’s leadership applauded Guidestar’s decision to stop placing “SPLC Hate Group” banners over it and other charities’ listings. In a statement released Monday as the banners were formally removed, FRC Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said:
GuideStar correctly decided to end its reliance on the SPLC, a decision that is in line with organizations like the FBI and the U.S. Army under Secretary McHugh.
Another group now freed from the burden of the hate banner on Guidestar’s site, the anti-mass immigration public interest law firm Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), released their own celebratory press release at the news, making reference to IRLI’s attempts to have the SPLC’s tax exempt status revoked over it repeated and inflammatory statements aimed against President Donald Trump during the 2016 election cycle:
When the SPLC tarred IRLI as a ‘hate group’ recently, it similarly refused to engage with or debate the organization on immigration policy or any other issue.
IRLI’s parent organization, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), also labeled a hate group, once sought to file an amicus brief in a case which the SPLC and an associated open-borders pro bono law firm, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NIRP), were involved.
The SPLC’s attempt to have FAIR’s brief thrown out of court earned it a stern reprimand from the Obama-era DOJ’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) last March. The EOIR’s Disciplinary Counsel wrote that the decision by lawyers from the SPLC and NIRP to “engage in derogatory name calling exhibited a lack of professionalism and did not advance the resolution of [the cases at hand].”
The SPLC did not respond to Breitbart New’s request for comment on Guidestar’s decision.