The stated goals of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), founded in 1971 by attorneys Morris Dees and Joseph Levin, Jr., include fighting racial discrimination, poverty, and bringing an end to the death penalty. However, in the early 1990s, the group began a campaign against what they deemed to be “right-wing extremists,” which, today seems to be anyone who votes Republican or espouses conservative political beliefs.
An example of just how irresponsibly absurd the SPLC has become could be found in October 2014, when they named then-potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (who happens to be black) to their “Extremist Files,” which includes those who the SPLC deems white nationalists, white supremacists, anti-semites and something they call “neo-confederates.”
The SPLC did this in reaction to Dr. Carson’s views against same-sex marriage, and they cited the following line from his book, “America the Beautiful:”
If we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.
Incredibly, he was also criticized for speaking out against pedophiles, when he condemned NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association), by this so-called “civil rights organization.”
Dr. Carson was eventually removed from the list, and the SPLC even issued a rare, though back-handed apology to the longtime neurosurgeon, and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In February 2015, the SPLC issued the following ‘apology’ to Dr. Carson:
This week, as we've come under intense criticism for doing so, we've reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologized to Dr. Carson for having posted it.
Carson has, in fact, made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme…Particularly because Dr. Carson is such a prominent person, we believe that his views should be closely examined.
Of course, the SPLC has since removed all of the content which criticized or apologized to Dr. Ben Carson from their website.
In 2021 Dr. Carson founded the American Cornerstone Institute, which according to their website is “dedicated to promoting and preserving individual and religious liberty, helping our country's most vulnerable find new hope, and developing methods to decrease the federal government's role in society and to improve efficiency to best serve ALL our nation's citizens. Headed by world-renowned neurosurgeon, presidential candidate, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, ACI will be a voice for reason and civility in a nation that is increasingly devoid of common sense”
The SPLC has about as much credibility as does the FBI, Facebook, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Washington Post, and Jussie Smollet.
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