First reported by PJ Media, several organizations are considering legal action against a non-profit that has labeled them “hate groups.”
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel (LC), a Christian legal non-profit told Big League Politics that the threat of physical harm attached to an SPLC “hate group” listing is tangible. Staver’s organization could very well end up leading the charge against the SPLC.
“We had to install extra security cameras and codes all over the building,” Staver said. “We’ve had deaths threats, and suspicious things mailed to us. “SPLC puts people’s lives in danger. We’ve had our entire staff go through active shooter training.”
LC is an international non-profit public policy and litigation organization focused on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and sanctity of marriage.
Staver also said that the organization has been damaged in other ways. Prudential Life Insurance, for example, who used to partner with LC, ended their partnership due to the “hate group” listing. So did Amazon Smile, a charitable service provided by the online retail giant.
“You can go on and on with different situations like that,” Staver said.
The Quilliam Foundation, run by Maajid Nawaz, won a settlement against the SPLC on Monday after he sued them for labeling his organization as “extremist.” Nawaz is a former British politician whose organization fights radical Islam and educates about misinterpretations of the Koran that lead to jihadism. Quilliam was included in the SPLC’s “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”
“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen in a statement. “We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best.”
Staver said that many organizations are considering legal action as Quilliam did.
“There are 60 plus organizations that are on the list,” he said. “We have been in communication with them, and in fact with the PJ Media article, several organizations have communicated with me today because they’re in the same situation.”
Staver said he thinks the chances of a lawsuit are high, and that there was a strong desire for legal action among many of the other groups even before the Quilliam settlement.
Notoriously, the SPLC labels most groups that do not adhere to its radical leftist agenda as “hateful,” and is often cited by politicians and on mainstream news programs. The whole organization adds up to a legitimate-sounding propaganda machine.
“Anyone who relies on SPLC is complicit with the violence that false characterizations cause,” Staver finished. We need to have civil dialogue. We can disagree, but how many more people have to have their lives put in jeopardy?”
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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