Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers”

Q — What do you make of the labeling of Ayan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz as anti-Muslim “extremists”? Was it appropriate or overreach?

Q– One of Nawaz’s colleagues argued that by engaging with hardline opponents of Islam, Nawaz has been able to get people like Tommy Robinson of the English Defense League to moderate their critiques of Islam. Is there a possibility that the SPLC’s labels could shut down productive dialogue and further polarize society?

Q — What do you make of the addition of the Center for Immigration Studies to the “hate group” list? Was it appropriate or ovearreach?

A — The critical question is not whether a particular person deserves to be on SPLC’s Extremist list, but why SPLC has such a list at all for people who pose no threat of violence. For groups that do not threaten violence, the use of SPLC “hate group” or “extremist” designations frequently are exploited as an excuse to silence speech and speakers. It taints not only the group or person, but others who associate with them. Surely SPLC is aware of such chilling impact on political debate.

Q–In 2014, the FBI stopped linking to the SPLC’s hate group list as a resource. Was it appropriate for the FBI to stop endorsing the group?

A — Given SPLC’s obvious political bias against the political right-of-center, the FBI never should have relied upon SPLC in the first place.

While there may be other groups who compose lists of alleged hate groups, SPLC is by far the most prominent. Unfortunately, very often who gets placed on an SPLC hate list is very subjective and done from the perspective of SPLC’s liberal and Democratic leanings. For example. Dr. Ben Carson was once on the “extremist” list, but only was removed after my website called attention to it. Dr. Rand Paul also was once on an SPLC “extremist” list. That SPLC would put such mainstream conservatives and libertarians on its hate lists, but not similarly situated liberal or Democratic politicians, demonstrates an ideological bias.

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6 thoughts on “Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers””

    1. If you’ve been over to Vathara’s blog, someone brought them up as an authority and said something about how they’re fighting hate groups… specifically, the absolutely non-violent group that opposes them on policy that was the target of an attempted mass-shooting directly because of SPLC’s claim they are a hate group.

      I didn’t bring it up– not my yard, and I trust the authority there to counter sufficiently that I can still go play– but dang!

      1. Haven’t been to Vathara’s blog. Who’s that?

        Am just wondering how SPLC got to be a ‘go to’ for hate group defining; the name is non-indicative, as when I first heard of them I thought they were a legal NGO that served as an org that allowed firm-attached lawyers to do pro-bono work. (Loooooooong ago)

    2. Many decades ago the SPLC got a reputation for fighting the KKK and similar groups. Over the years they’ve morphed (if they didn’t expressly start out as such, just keeping it hidden) into a hate group themselves, opposed to anyone and anything that doesn’t fit their political agenda.

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