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?”
Husband of Los Angeles Prosecutor Jackie Lacey Charged with Assaulting Black Lives Matter Protestors
David Lacey pulled a gun on BLM protestors.
The husband of Democratic Los Angeles County prosecutor Jackie Lacey is being charged with three misdemeanors stemming from his armed confrontation of several Black Lives Matter protestors who arrived at his house to demand a “community meeting” with Lacey .
The charging documents were obtained by Politico and published on Tuesday. Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General, is charging David Lacey with three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm against three people.
I’m front of DA Jackie Lacey’s house for that community meeting she promised with the @BLMLA crew. Rang her bell to invite her.
— Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) March 2, 2020
David Lacey showed exceptionally poor judgement during the incident, confronting the Los Angeles BLM protestors with his finger on the trigger of a firearm. The protestors don’t appear to have been engaging in illegal activity- it’s legal to solicit most residences through ringing on the doorbell if you aren’t asked to leave, although the protestors remained after David Lacey told them to “get off of my porch.”
David Lacey’s attorney, Samuel Tyre, released a statement expressing his disapproval that Becerra chose to file cirminal charges in the incident.
“My client and I are disappointed that the Attorney General’s Office felt that the conduct at issue amounted to criminal behavior. We disagree entirely with their assessment, but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.
At this time we are not going to comment on the facts of the case, except to say that my client’s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm. We look forward to all relevant facts coming to light.”
Elected officials of Democratic cities and communities seem entirely inept at responding to criticism of their leadership from Black Lives Matter.
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