For John, BLUF: I guess we just have to use our own common sense to sift through all the groups that claim to protect us from bigotry and hate. Nothing to see here; just move along.
A "hate group" list loved by the media is bogus.
A summary of a POD Cast from Reason, by Reporters John Stossel and Maxim Lott, 16 January 2018.
Here is the lede plus one:
There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America.I have listened to Ms Ali on TV and she seems pretty reasonable and far from being a "hater". And, given that she doesn't buy into FGM, it is possible that she is justifiably unhappy with those who do that sort of thing.♠
The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn't. It's a scam.
It lists Ayaan Hirsi Ali—who grew up Muslim in Somalia and suffered female genital mutilation—as an "anti-Muslim extremist." Just because she now speaks out against radical Islam.
Then there is the conservative Family Research Council, listed as a "hate group." that is the group attacked by a shooter, who later told law enforcement that he picked the group because he saw they were on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate map and he wanted to fight bigots.
And no, they don't list Antifa as a hate group, strangely. Or not.
The SPLC is just another progressive group that wants to make sure you think the way they want you to think.♥
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Of course, if she is a hater, then so are the rest of us who reject that form of dealing with female sexuality. One wonders if Mr Morris Dees, the Center's founder, had his own wife and daughters suffer FGM, in solidarity with Somali Muslims?
♥ Think of Lenin or Stalin.