The Rise and Fall of the Southern Poverty Law Center
American Family Association Says SPLC Finally Being Exposed as the Fraudulent and Corrupt Organization It Has Become
TUPELO, Miss.—There was a time when the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was respected for its work. “Oppressive hate groups like the KKK had no greater enemy than the SPLC,” writes author and radio host Dr. Michael Brown in a special column for the American Family Association’s (AFA, www.afa.net) blog site, “The Stand.”
“The SPLC stood for justice, for righteousness, for the rights of the poor and the downtrodden,” Brown writes. “(SPLC founder Morris) Dees would swim against the tide of societal prejudice, putting aside personal gain for the sake of ‘the disenfranchised.’
“That was a long time ago,” Brown says.
- Long before the SPLC had accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars in its coffers.
- Long before liberal outlets like The Washington Post ran articles stating that, “The SPLC Has Lost All Credibility.”
- Long before the SPLC attacked Muslim reformers who exposed radical Islam.
- Long before the SPLC blacklisted mainstream, family-oriented, Christian ministries and organizations.
- Long before the SPLC had the blood of Christians on its hands.
- Long before the SPLC had itself become the most dangerous hate group in America.
- Long before Morris Dees himself was fired for alleged internal “mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism.”
- Long before The Federalist reported that the SPLC was “engulfed in scandal.”
It’s little wonder, Brown adds, that conservative outlets like Fox News have run articles claiming that, “The Southern Poverty Law Center is a money-grabbing slander machine” and that outlets like The New Yorker are publishing articles titled, “The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Today, the SPLC irresponsibly and falsely labels hundreds of organizations as “hate groups”—among them, AFA, a pro-family, pro-traditional values organization in existence for 40 years. The SPLC’s list of “extremists” has included Ben Carson (now removed from the SPLC list because of backlash), AFA President Tim Wildmon, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins and historian David Barton.
In at least one case, the SPLC’s “hate” designation led to bloodshed, when a radical homosexual activist chose FRC from the SPLC hate map, walked into FRC’s building and opened fire. Thankfully, the activist was thwarted by a courageous security guard, who was shot defending his co-workers.
“To be sure, the SPLC isn’t going to collapse in a moment of time,” Brown writes. “It still has lots of influence, especially in the worlds of social media, law enforcement and popular opinion. But of this you can be assured. The SPLC is coming down. Its luster is long gone, its power is waning, and the day will come when its massive bank accounts will run dry.
“How can I be so sure?” Brown continues. “It’s because the SPLC had set itself against God, determining that basic, historic biblical convictions are anathema. Because it has determined that Christian organizations which stand for righteousness should be classified as hate groups, along with neo-Nazis and others; that radical Islam is to be ignored while those who expose it are to be vilified; that donors are to be ripped off and deceived. The SPLC will certainly come down because it has grown fat, proud, deceitful and hateful, calling evil good and good evil. Because it has become the voice of the oppressor rather than the voice of the oppressed. Yes, the SPLC is coming down, and the countdown has begun. The clock is ticking. Loudly. Clearly. It’s only a matter of time.”