This is truly outrageous. If only conservatives were as committed to boycotting movements as the left.
Thus far Apple has given the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) $1 million in donations, but to make matters worse, the tech giant is also matching employee donations to the far-left hate group and soliciting additional donations from iTunes users. Newsbusters provides details:
Apple’s openly gay CEO Tim Cook sent an email to employees on Aug. 16 announcing the tech company would give $1 million to the SPLC and match employees donations two-for-one through Sept. 30, Daily Caller reported Aug. 17.
It didn’t stop there. An iTunes ad released on Aug. 20 asked users to “Support the Southern Poverty Law Center’s work fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice.”
“This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality,” Cook’s email claimed. But the SPLC itself is a left-wing organization that attacks conservative organizations as “hate” groups. And those labels have had real, violent consequences.
In August 2012, a shooter entered the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters to “kill as many people as possible.” The man told investigators he targeted FRC after finding it listed as an anti-gay “hate group” on the SPLC’s “Hate Map.” In 2017, FRC is still listed on SPLC’s website.
SPLC lists other conservative groups as hate groups on its website as well, including Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), American Family Association (AFA) and ACT for America. These groups are ranked as “hate groups” right alongside organizations like the Klu Klux Klan and Nation of Islam.
The nonprofit tracking organization Guidestar was the center of controversy in June 2017, when it decided to add “hate group” tags to all the profiles of groups listed on the SPLC website. Nearly all of the flagged groups signed a letter demanding the tags be removed because “SPLC’s aggressive political agenda pervades the construction of its ‘hate group’ listings.” Two days later Guidestar removed the tags.
Despite the SPLC’s left-wing bias and history of labeling conservatives “hate” groups, companies and organizations like Apple still support it. According to Foundation Directory, SPLC received more than $10 million in donations between 2013 and 2016 — even after the FRC shooting.
To refresh and illustrate just how on the fringes SPLC actually is, the organization has accused the likes of Maajid Nawaz (a Muslim reformer), Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a woman of color and victim of female genital mutilation) and renowned law professor and staunch liberal Alan Dershowitz of being racists worthy of its "hate watchlist."
We wonder if Cook can tell us how "decent" and "moral" smearing countless innoccents is.