It is always fun to watch conservative “Christians” throw a temper tantrum because someone told the truth about them.
That’s exactly what Guidestar, “the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations,” did this week when they added information about whether or not a specific group has been designated as a hate group.
A hate group is defined as any group that has “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
For example, the KKK is a hate group because of their belief that black people are inferior to white people and should be killed and persecuted.
Guidestar retrieved the hate group information from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an internationally respected organization that keeps a database of hate group activity in the United States. Those who are labeled as a hate group often whine and accuse the SPLC of being politically biased.
Of course, that’s complete bullshit that these hate groups spew because they don’t want anything to hurt their ability to dupe people into unknowingly donating to a hate group.
But Guidestar is giving potential donors the ability to know who they would be giving their money to before they write the check.
To that end, conservative “Christian” groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, and the American Family Association have all been tagged as hate groups by Guidestar because each of these groups viciously hates LGBTQ people.
These groups have repeatedly attacked homosexuality over the years, including branding gay people as pedophiles and defending discrimination against them.
Predictably, the leaders of these hate groups are lashing out at Guidestar and whining about the Southern Poverty Law Center, which, again, is a widely respected organization founded in 1971 with the express purpose of fighting discrimination. Starting with the KKK, the SPLC soon expanded to fight other hate groups as well, including right-wing “Christian” organizations such as those listed above that promote hate against gay people.
“The only purpose of providing the SPLC false and dangerous ‘hate group’ label is to push a liberal political agenda designed to hurt good organizations,” Liberty Council founder Mat Staver whined.
Alliance Defending Freedom spokesman Greg Scott also complained.
Normally we wouldn’t waste time talking about it, but some mainstream news organizations take what the SPLC says as gospel. We see it more as tabloid. It’s so unfair. It’s obviously a highly partisan organization.”
Even more entertaining is that conservative hate group leaders wrote a letter to Guidestar accusing the SPLC of being a hate group because it tells the truth about them.
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 SPLC is merely another “progressive” political organization. It gained credibility attacking Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and skinheads – many of whom were engaged in violence. The SPLC is now trying to export the same tactics into areas of mainstream political discourse including debates about immigration and sexual-identity politics. 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.
As their supposed “evidence,” these hate group leaders complained that the SPLC does not list “violent leftist environmentalists.” The reason why the SPLC does not list them as a hate group is because they do not target a specific group of people. Attacking a corporation for polluting the planet is not same as persecuting and discriminating against a specific group of people.
The hate groups’ leaders also claimed that the SPLC is responsible for making people hate them, which is preposterous considering these hate groups did that to themselves by being complete assholes and using the Bible as a shield to somehow excuse their hate.
The reality is that these hate groups earned their designation. The SPLC even explains why groups were designated as hate groups as part of their “Hate Map” that identifies the 917 hate groups operating in the United States.
If Guidestar prevents just one person from unwittingly donating their hard-earned money to a hate group, it’s well worth the nasty hissy fit conservatives are throwing about it. Because in the end, they know they are hate groups, they just don’t want it advertised because they need money to promote their hate.