By Jack Minor
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has issued a report labeling the Colorado Constitution Party and several pro-family organizations as “hate groups” based in part on their biblical stand on homosexuality and support of states rights. The SPLC says that those organizations bear watching, although the group ignores Muslim groups with similar beliefs.
The SPLC bills itself as a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. The group was founded in 1971 by lawyers Morris Dees and Jospeh Levin Jr. In the past SPLC has advised law enforcement regarding the threat posed by white supremacist organizations in the U.S.
Recently the organization has begun listing long-time conservative groups along with the Nazi party, Aryan nations and other hate groups in their reports.
In their winter 2010 intelligence report, the SPLC listed 13 groups including the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council as being “hate groups” for their stand against homosexuality. In announcing the list the SPLC said the organizations were placed on the list for “their perception of known falsehoods.”
Among the reasons cited for designating the AFA as a hate group was a 2010 AFA action alert warning that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, “Your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals.”
However, Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay Congressman, apparently agreed with the AFA’s assumption. Following the repeal of the Revolutionary War ban on homosexuals serving in the military, Frank was asked about whether straights should be forced to shower with gays. Frank responded with indignation saying it is a “silly issue.” He went on to say that “the principle that homosexuals can’t shower with other people is a degree of discrimination that goes far beyond this. We don’t get ourselves dry cleaned. We tend to take showers when we go to the gym; when we play sports.”
Frank was asked if he considered it acceptable for men and women in the military to shower together. He said that would be wrong “because that would disrupt people” and if a person does not want to shower with homosexuals they should never go to a gym or play sports.
The groups listed in the report were overwhelmingly Christian and conservative. The SPLC did not list one Muslim organization even though they hold even more extreme views regarding homosexuality. For example, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is an outspoken critic of the homosexual lifestyle. ISNA’s website calls homosexual relationships a “deviation” from Allah’s laws and refers to homosexuality as “ignorance.”
Dr. James Badwai, who serves on the executive council of ISNA affiliate the Fiqh Council, has called homosexual lifestyles “strange and contradictory” and said America’s acceptance of homosexuality is a “setback and decline” of moral standards.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was named as an indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, was listed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian Committee. The Muslim Brotherhood has as its goal the implementation of Sharia law throughout the world. Sharia law calls for the execution of homosexuals.
The SPLC has also warned of other conservative groups such as the tea party movement claiming the groups are “shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.”
SPLC also warned against government officials who have introduced “Tenth Amendment Resolutions” in 37 states saying they are pandering to the anti-government right. The resolutions merely declare states’ intentions to exercise their rights as given by the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which states “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In Spring of 2011 the SPLC produced an intelligence report titled “The Year in Hate & Extremism.” The group identified 824 “patriot” organizations that “define themselves as opposed to the ‘new World Order’, engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines.”
The Colorado Constitution Party is listed among the dangerous groups. Brian Britton, of the Greeley 9-12 project, said the idea of the Constitution party being a dangerous group is ridiculous. “Since when does standing for the Constitution make a person part of a hate group.”
Weld County Sheriff spokesman, Steve Reams, was asked how much importance his department places on the SPLC reports. Reams replied, “not much” saying they get similar reports from a variety of groups all the time. “We get a lot of publications mailed to us attempting to influence our decision making and stir up fear.”