Editor's Note: The following is from Jihad Watch regarding the "hate group" list from the Southern Poverty Law Center (pictured above), promoted by CNN and targeting (among others, like Brigitte Gabriel's ACT for America) the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Represented among the "hate" groups are the Freedom Center, its Jihad Watch website run by Robert Spencer, and even individuals such as the brilliant Daniel Greenfield and courageous artist Bosch Fawstin, who frequently contributes artwork to the Freedom Center's websites, pamphlets, and projects. Congratulations to Greenfield and Fawstin for being such prominent voices that, despite being individuals, the SPLC counts them as "groups."
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The list below is a good start regarding conservative groups that have been defamed by the SPLC’s “hate group” listings, but there are many others — notably Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.
“These are the mainstream conservatives on CNN’s ‘hate group’ list,” by Jordan Schachtel, Conservative Review, August 19, 2017:
CNN has published a list of “hate groups” currently operating in the United States, relying on an extremely partisan analysis from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Several truly extremist groups populate the list, such as the Ku Klux Klan, New Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, and others.
But along with the neo-Nazi and Islamic extremist groups on the list, the SPLC has lumped in as “hate groups” mainstream, well-known conservative individuals and organizations who merely speak out about the threat of radical Islam. Here are some that were included on the list.
On the “hate group” list
David Horowitz Freedom Center
The influential California-based conservative organization describes its mission as “dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.” The group focuses on combatting the far Left and Islamist allies. The SPLC labels the center, which is supported by thousands of conservatives, as “anti-immigrant” and “anti-Muslim.”
ACT for America
Nationwide conservative organization that claims to have 750,000 members. ACT was founded by Lebanon-born Brigitte Gabriel, who uses the organization to warn about the threat posed by Islamic extremism. The SPLC has declared it Anti-Muslim
A blog by Robert Spencer under the umbrella of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The SPLC considers him “anti-Muslim.”
Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) & Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
These D.C. think tanks favor less immigration. The SPLC labels the groups “nativist” and “fear-mongering.”
Center for Security Policy
Washington, D.C., defense think tank that advocates for Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy. The SPLC lists it as an anti-Muslim hate group.
A non-profit that highlights the threats to the world posed by Islamic radical groups. Listed as “Anti-Muslim” by the SPLC.
Family Research Council
A non-profit conservative Christian group that focuses on lobbying for socially conservative policies. The SPLC has determined it to be an “anti-gay hate group.”
Family Security Matters
Conservative blog with a stated mission to “inform all Americans, men and women, about the issues surrounding national security.” The SPLC says it is anti-Muslim.
The United West
Florida-based conservative group that focuses on national security, pro-Israel advocacy, and highlighting the persecution of Christians. The SPLC declares it anti-Muslim.
Artist and anti-jihad activist who was attacked by ISIS sympathizers for drawing Islam’s Muhammad. He’s on the SPLC’s anti-Muslim list.
The Front Page Magazine national security writer is listed as an anti-Muslim hater….