You probably already knew that the oddly-named Southern Poverty Center is just an SJW tool, but did you know that Steve Scalise’s shooter was a fan? Not surprising.
Also not surprising is that another organization which claimed to be neutral has been taken over by Far-Leftists. GuideStar (which I’d not heard of til now) was supposed to give folks wishing to make charitable donations a way to judge the worthiness of various organizations. Considering the amount of mail I get from worthy-sounding causes begging for money, it sounds like a nice idea in theory, providing a way to easily verify that apparent worthiness. But sadly GuideStar has gone the way of Snopes and CNN et al, pretending to be “neutral” while actually going full-SJW. If this trend continues, “neutral” and “unbiased” are just going to be code words for SJW.
The Southern Poverty Law Center was too intolerant for the U.S. Army. Too controversial for the FBI. And too inflammatory for the Obama Justice Department. But despite SPLC’s baggage — which includes connections to two liberal gunmen — the extremists seem to have found a home at one of America’s leading charity indexes. After a fan of SPLC’s shot five people at last week’s congressional baseball practice, most people couldn’t distance themselves from the discredited group fast enough. Not GuideStar.
At a time when even the mainstream media is questioning SPLC, the charity index is rushing to embrace the “hate labeling” that inspired Floyd Corkins to walk into our lobby with the goal of killing as many people as possible. Now, just days after the shooting of House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is also branded an extremist on SPLC’s website, most people are shocked that GuideStar — whose calling card is its neutrality — would use the liberal organization as a resource. But justify it they have. Now, when potential donors search at least 46 conservative organizations, they’ll be greeted by a big red banner, alerting them that these charities were labeled “hate groups” by the SPLC, presumably to steer them away from contributing.
This sudden shift is less surprising when you consider the politics of GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold. A former employee of Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network, Harold isn’t exactly the poster child of objectivity. His social media accounts leave no doubt where his allegiance lies. According to our friends at Liberty Counsel, who are also victims of this smear campaign, “Harold was a host for a NARAL Pro-Choice D.C. men’s event in 2014, and he blogged for Huffington Post. He also donated to the Obama campaign in 2011 before joining GuideStar in 2012. His wife is also a pro-abortion advocate. Harold tweeted a picture of himself at the so-called “Women’s March” in January 2017, holding a protest sign obviously directed against President Donald Trump.” The message? “It turns out that facts matter.”
Well, Mr. Harold, they matter here too. That’s why 41 conservative groups and individuals are demanding that GuideStar remove the hate banners from their listings and return to their claimed position of neutrality that Americans expect. In a letter protesting the move, the signers write:
“Your designations are based on determinations made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a hard-Left activist organization. As such, SPLC’s aggressive political agenda pervades the construction of its ‘hate group’ listings.”
“The SPLC has no bona fides to make such determinations. It is not a governmental organization using rigorous criteria to create its lists, and it is not a scientifically-oriented organization. The SPLC is merely another ‘progressive’ political organization… 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. The SPLC doesn’t even pretend to identify groups on the political Left that engage in ‘hate.’ Mosques or Islamist groups that promote radical speech inciting anti-Semitism and actual violence are not listed by the SPLC even though many have been publicly identified after terrorist attacks.”
If anyone’s guilty of hate, it’s the organization defining it! SPLC’s own Mark Potok made no bones about the group’s ultimate agenda, saying, “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” And they think Christians are the threat? What’s worse, SPLC is quite open about the fact that their labels are completely arbitrary. “Our criteria for a ‘hate group,’ first of all, have nothing to do with criminality or violence… It’s strictly ideological.”
Way to go GuideStar! This is just a great group to use as guidance in labeling charities.