Civil rights group labels family organizations, Colorado constitution party “hate groups” for stand on traditional marriage

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.”

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4 Responses to Civil rights group labels family organizations, Colorado constitution party “hate groups” for stand on traditional marriage

  1. Del Wasso says:

    Just because the SPLC “refused” to include Muslim hate groups in a special report entitled, “Rage on the Right” doesn’t mean – as this article claims – that the SPLC is “ignoring” Muslim groups. The Greeley Gazette took the opportunity of the SPLC’s report to divert attention from the ongoing slew of murders and attacks perpetrated by conservatives against left-leaning Americans to attack the SPLC. Shame on the editors of this rag for leaving their journalistic ethics at home, while making sure that their sense of self-righteousness made it to work.

  2. ” The SPLC bills itself as a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry”

    A few facts about the SPLC and “hate groups”:

    1. There is no legal definition for “hate group,” which is why even the FBI does not track “hate groups.”

    2. The SPLC uses the deliberately meaningless term “hate groups” in its fund-raising propaganda precisely because it allows them to denigrate their perceived opponents without accusing them of any actual crimes.

    3. The SPLC’s “Hate Map” is a fund-raising tool, nothing more. It provides no information whatsoever on the alleged groups, in fact, the SPLC didn’t even bother to make up locations for 262 of the groups; that’s 26% of the total.

    Seven of Colorado’s 19 alleged “groups” are homeless, that’s 37% right off the top.

    In many states, the percentage of phantom “groups” runs as high as 80-100%. Many of the alleged “groups” are listed twice in the same location.

    4. Since the SPLC is the sole arbiter of the meaningless “hate group” label, AND because SPLC fund-raising is directly tied to creating the illusion of an ever-increasing threat, it is in their direct financial interest to raise the numbers each year.

    Since 2003, the SPLC has taken in more than a third of a BILLION dollars in tax-free cash, (some “non-profit), and yet the number of “hate groups” always goes up.

    5. The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.

    In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power in its entire 40 year history.

    Some “experts”

  3. Truth says:

    Del Wasso what news do you watch? R U sure your not having bad dreams? “Slew of murders and attacks perpetrated by conservatives against left-wing leaning Americans”, Really? Name a recent few and ENLIGHTEN us with your bs liberal rants and I’ll give you a dosen or more recent acts of killings and unsuccesfull bombing attempts buy Islamic Exstremists. Since you want to bring self-righteousness (which you know nothing about) into this explain yourself: why do you believe the SPLC is not ignoring Muslim groups? Provide us some miniscule evidence that this is so. When (if ever) have they condemned the cowardly acts of Jihad. When and where is the last time a Christian murdered an innocent child in the name of God? And you got the balls to call out the editors here for their lack of jurnalistic ethics? Please stop!!! You are just another run-of-the-mill liberal idiot who’s spewing bile. Wake up to the REAL WORLD or stop flappin’ your gums!!!

  4. Thank U Richard Keefe, for the Intelligence and HONESTY on the Southern Poverty Law Center, John Edwards was a part of, before attempt at Presidency of U.S. A Lot of TALK on the POOR, with little Input from the Poor-How does that make sense? Thank U 4 breaking the Center down for What it really stands for-to PROFIT without admitting! SOP I enjoyed Ur take & Facts on the subject. Knowledge is indeed Powerful!!!!!!!

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