Accuracy in Media

Admitting that “the full facts” were still unknown, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) nevertheless issued a statement on Sunday afternoon on “the senseless act of domestic terrorism in Orlando,” saying that “it is not surprising that the LGBT community was targeted” because “This community has long been vilified by those opposed to LGBT rights and is too often the target of violent hate crimes.” This was a clever but dishonest way of trying to shift the blame to conservatives for terrorism committed by a devoted follower of Islam.

Notice how the SPLC made no mention of the killer’s religious affiliation or motivation, or his acknowledgement of inspiration from ISIS.

Remember that the SPLC is a group which has been consulted by law enforcement authorities at the federal and other levels, including the FBI, and is frequently cited by the media as a legitimate and authoritative “civil rights” organization.

In the days ahead, expect media denunciations of conservatives as somehow responsible for the “homophobia” that drove a faithful follower of Islam to commit mass murder. This is how the SPLC will drive the discussion in the media and cause law enforcement agencies to miss even more terrorist plots. The FBI, which consults the SPLC and failed to uncover Omar Mateen’s terrorist connections, appears to have no understanding of the deadly ideological game that is being played.

President Obama initially blamed the guns, his standard ploy. But the Southern Poverty Law Center was floating a different explanation that is now getting some traction on the left. And that is that conservatives are really to blame for the anti-gay motivation of the Islamic terrorist, because conservatives have opposed the homosexual agenda and have, therefore, made it acceptable to kill gays. Hence, Omar Mateen was really just a patsy of the right-wing. After all, he detested gays kissing one another in public, just like conservatives do.

The Orlando massacre at a gay club put the left-wing legal group in a difficult situation, since it has been focusing on conservatives as the major threat to the homosexual agenda. The group’s demonizing of conservatives, such as depicting the Family Research Council (FRC) as a “hate group,” led to a terrorist attack on the FRC headquarters in Washington, D.C. A homosexual sympathizer walked into the building and opened fire, wounding a security guard before being apprehended and disarmed. He had planned to massacre other employees and testified that an SPLC “hate map” showed him where to go. He was angry at the FRC for opposing the homosexual agenda and was egged on by the propaganda from the SPLC.

Yet, the Department of Justice still cooperates with the SPLC. Despite the SPLC’s indirect involvement in the terrorist attack on the FRC, Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin spoke at an October 14, 2015, event co-sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security’s Program on Extremism.

Incredibly, Carlin said, “SPLC has a long history of tracking and countering hate, and their efforts will continue to be critical.” He added, “We are grateful to have the Southern Poverty Law Center and the George Washington Program on Extremism on our side, working with us to tackle some of today’s most pressing national security threats.”

No wonder the FBI missed the terrorist clues in the Orlando case.

Rather than being a force against terrorism, the Southern Poverty Law Center sets up groups and individuals for terrorist attacks inside the United States. The FRC is just one example. Pamela Geller emerged on a list of extremists assembled by the SPLC and then was targeted for death by the jihadists. ISIS said “…we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.” This writer has been labeled as an extremist by the SPLC for opposing the agenda of the gay rights movement.

By claiming to fight poverty and target political extremists, the SPLC has assembled a reserve fund, or endowment, of $301.8 million. Honest liberals understand and deplore the despicable tactics of the SPLC.

The reality of the Islamic nature of the massacre presented a dilemma for the SPLC. The group regards Muslims as being in the same category as homosexuals—victims of an oppressive American system and police state. The SPLC decries so-called “Islamophobia” and “Homophobia.” Yet, in Orlando, a Muslim killed homosexuals. The perpetrator was not a conservative Christian. How can this be? What should the left do?

An answer soon presented itself. Junaid S. Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue, tried a variation of the SPLC theme, declaring that while the “conservative” orthodoxy of Islam “may be homophobic,” Muslim thought, practice and behavior “has become much more intolerant of homosexuality” because of the “imposition and importation of Western homophobia…” He said that “contemporary Muslim homophobic rhetoric” reflects “less of Islamic tradition, and far more of Western Victorian and Protestant Fundamentalist vitriol…”

In other words, Islam is really a religion of peace. But it has been distorted and transformed by Western religious traditions and practices.

The real poison in this case is the involvement of those on the left who see all the extremists as being on the right. How else do you explain the fact that a speaker from the Southern Poverty Law Center was advertised as participating in the recent Left Forum conference in New York? The event’s theme was “Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power.” The conference organizers declared, “We know that we can do better than capitalism and its state violence and endless bullshit.”

Evelyn Schlatter, the deputy director of research of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, was at a conference that also featured Lynne Stewart, the pro-terrorist lawyer freed from prison by the Obama administration, and members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), a group raided by the FBI. Stewart once told Monthly Review magazine that Islamic terrorists were “basically forces of national liberation.” This is how many on the left have viewed the Islamic terrorists. After all, they’re fighting the West.

Schlatter spoke on a Left Forum panel entitled, “Right on the Rise: Neo-Fascism and Far-Right Politics in the U.S. and Europe.” In addition to Schlatter, the advertised speakers included Gerd Wiegel, editor of Marxist Renewal Magazine; Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin, another Marxist publication; and Ethan Earle, a champion of Rosa Luxemburg, the Marxist revolutionary and participant in the Russian Revolution.

It looks like the SPLC has a “no enemies on the left” mentality, otherwise known as “partisan tolerance.” It is the idea that anybody opposing the right-wing must be treated as an ally in the struggle to overturn the existing order.

The focus on “the right,” where extremism does exist, is proper at times. But the SPLC has gotten into bed with extremists on the left who themselves have been monitored, investigated, and even imprisoned. It’s time for the Congress to hold hearings into the Department of Justice’s involvement and collaboration with the SPLC.

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  • IronChefSandwiches

    And we now know that the shooter was a self-hating gay man, driven insane by his fundamentalist religious dogma. But that isn’t as fun as blaming all Muslims, is it?

  • gene456

    No, it’s much easier to blame all legitimate gun owners, as the liberal morons always do. And I notice that instead of saying “radical Islam”, you call it “fundamentalist religious dogma”, so that way you can lump them in with Christians, right?

    That’s something I notice with atheist retards. If a Christian commits an act of violence (extremely rare to begin with), atheists say Christianity is to blame. But when a Muslim commits an act of violence (far, far more likely), atheists say ALL religion is to blame. Such fucking cowards.

  • john robel

    I wrote the SPLC and demanded to be put on the HATE LIST alongside Pam Geller and all the other great AMERICANS..

  • john robel

    Right On Gene !!!, these idiots just can’t see that if only 1 of the club patrons had been armed the result would have been completely different. This shit could NEVER happen in clubs where we go. Biker and cowboy bars are always safe for us.

  • Jack Parsons

    “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez II

    Also the fire escape exits may have been padlocked or blocked from the outside by a couple of patrons who got out.

    By the way, there’ve been a number of shootings and stabbings at biker bars, but nothing as tragic as this.

  • RMThoughts

    Yes, Trump is right — is Islamic radicalism and anyone who doesn’t get “who to blame” right should resign.

    Part of the problem is that even Trump pretends he doesn’t know that Saudi Arabia is and has always been the financier, the inspiration with their Wahhabist Jihadist nonjobs, the source for the world’s Islamic terrorism. They founded ISIS, along with of course, Israel and the CIA, aided by Turkey’s own nutjob, Erdogan. Everyone gets blamed but the Saudis, who everyone knows trains and finances, inspires the world’s terrorists.

  • John Cunningham

    Well, look at it this way, at least Israel isn’t being blamed for a change.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    You have no earthly idea what you’re talking about, do you? That 2nd paragraph was so pathetic I feel sorry for you.

  • gene456

    It’s the truth, moron.

    You look like the kind of asshole who got the shit beat out of him regularly in school, and deserved every bit of it.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I look like? How the hell would you know? Oh, and you’re still very, very wrong.

  • gene456

    Oh, you mean that’s not your picture? Lucky for you.

    And no pal, I’m quite right. I see it all the time from you atheist cowards.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    You’re too dumb to know that an avatar picture is from a movie. I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t know much about the issues either.

  • gene456

    Fuck you, you dumb shit.

  • good point

  • “Notice how the SPLC made no mention of the killer’s religious affiliation or motivation, or his acknowledgement of inspiration from ISIS.”

    For years, including during the 9/11 aftermath, the SPLC was granted extraordinary power to advise and guide the DOJ regarding the training for prosecutors and police around the nation to “recognize” and “respond” to “hate.” For one example, the SPLC advised the American Prosecutor’s Research institute to develop the primary handbook for prosecutors, A Local Prosecutor’s Guide For Responding to Hate Crimes. They did the same with police agencies. This work was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the Office of Justice Programs of the DOJ. The SPCl was probably one of the top ten groups involved in designing training for these laws, and while I could never pinpoint precisely how much they were paid to do this, they also fundraised off it with their own lists. They are hate crime profiteers, among other things.

    And so we have the hate crimes industry we have today, where one category on the books that is never used is “anti-American (nationality bias) hate crime.”

    For, if this category were used, then Muslim terrorists, whether citizens or foreign nationals, would constitute nearly all hate crime murder perpetrators.

    If we applied these laws equally and as they are actually written, the victims of 9/11 would be counted (and should have been counted despite the death of the killers and their visa status according to the federal HCSA — Hate Crime Statistics Act — itself, which does not require prosecution but only identification of a hate incident as hate for inclusion in the statistics gathering).

    Ditto the victims of Fort Hood, San Bernardino, the beltway shooter, the attackers of military recruiting centers, and also Orlando. Regarding the latter, there can be multiple hate motivations, so even if the Orlando killer was found to be partially “motivated” by hatred of gays or murderous religious opposition to gays, he should still be counted as both an anti-nationality (American) and anti-gay hate crime perpetrator, as “hate” may be “partly or wholly” the identified “motive.”

    If we applied the laws as written, rather than applying them according to the whims and prejudices of the SPLC and other unelected political groups empowered to determine what is and is not “hate,” then hate crime statistics would look like this: Muslim men would be the perpetrators of nearly all hate crime murders on record; “American nationality” as a group would comprise nearly all hate crime murder victims; most hate crimes lesser than murder would be rapes by strangers (who select their victims based on gender), and these two groups of victims alone would dwarf by many thousands of times the handful of name-callings, spray-paintings, and slurs uttered during other crimes that comprise the vast majority of crimes identified as “hate.”

  • Richard Hellstrom

    As the Democratic Party celebrates Ramadan , America should look at the radical Islam that’s being allowed to fester and the continued insane behavior of the Democratic Party in the named of Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar who’s spent years in America preaching in their colleges and Mosques that death is the sentence for homosexuality ! Article Quotes { The British-born doctor also said his comments gay people should be executed were made in an academic setting.”
    { Sekaleshfar had delivered a speech titled ‘How to deal with the phenomenon of homosexuality’ to the Husseini Islamic Center in Orlando. } ( Just a few weeks ago ! )…/imam-who-called-for-execution……/Farrokh-Sekaleshfar-spoke…