Video: John Stossel – Southern Poverty Law Center Scam

Video: John Stossel – Southern Poverty Law Center Scam

Whole volumes could be written about the scam that is the Southern Poverty Law Center, but this short video from John Stossel does a great job exposing the corrupt organization in a bite-sized format.

The SPLC is known as one of the most, if not the most, wealthy civil rights organizations in the United States. It didn’t start out this way, and even Stossel said he once believed in their mission. But not anymore. Now, the SPLC has become a well-funded hate group that targets Christians, Jews, and conservatives. People and organizations who don’t deserve to be smeared as hateful make the SPLC’s so-called hate list.

“I suspect the center keeps its hate list long, ‘cause crying hate brings in lots of money,” Stossel says. TruthRevolt

Christian Group Sues SPLC And AmazonSmile Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation

AmazonSmile and GuildStar might want to reconsider using SPLC “hate group” designations.

Franklin Graham Facebook:

“A hate group? Can you believe this—The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL, has labeled a number of Christian groups such as D. James Kennedy Ministries, and the Family Research Council run by my good friend Tony Perkins as “hate” groups. Why? Simply because they hold to the teaching of God’s Word on moral issues such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

They even speak disparagingly against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who was born into a Muslim family in Somalia and bravely speaks out against the dangers and oppression of women in Islam. Because she dares to speak against what Islam has done to her and other women, she is being accused of hate speech! Incredible.  As Kimberley Strassel said in the The Wall Street Journal, “If the SPLC doesn’t agree with your views, it tags you as a hater.” The SPLC has the funding of Apple CEO Tim Cook and financial giant J.P. Morgan, and is a media favorite. Who is the real hate group here?”

A venerable Christian ministry based in Fort Lauderdale recently saw its name listed on a CNN map of “all the active hate groups where you live,” as well as in local news reports as the No. 1 hate group in Florida.

D. James Kennedy Ministries shares sermons, devotionals, and religious liberty messages inspired by the late founder of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a prominent Florida megachurch. In media coverage after Charlottesville, the Christian broadcaster was mapped alongside about 60 “hate groups” in the Sunshine State, using designations from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

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“Enough is enough,” said Frank Wright, president of D. James Kennedy Ministries, which filed a lawsuit against the SPLC on Wednesday. The organization also sued GuideStar and AmazonSmile for their use of the SPLC list…

The suit alleges that the ministry’s inclusion on the list of hate groups amounts to defamation—spreading false, harmful information—as well as a trademark violation, misrepresenting the ministry in order to drum up fundraising support. Wednesday’s filing made the same claims against the charity-research site GuideStar for promoting the SPLC designation, seeking an injunction against further use of the “hate group” label and damages from both organizations.

Guide Star

Wanting to call out “hateful rhetoric” during a “highly politicized moment,” GuideStar recently added the SPLC designations onto its profile pages—including for Christian nonprofits who stand for traditional marriage like the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Liberty Counsel, the Family Research Council (FRC), and the American Family Association—then removed the hate labels after backlash in June. The controversy made many of these groups, their leaders, and their supporters even more upset over the prominence of the SPLC’s categorizations.

Amazon Smile

In its lawsuit, D. James Kennedy Ministries also alleges religious discrimination by Amazon’s charity partner program AmazonSmile, which makes a small donation to shoppers’ designated nonprofits. Since AmazonSmile uses the SPLC as one way to determine organizations’ eligibility, and the SPLC based its “anti-LGBT” designation on the ministry’s Christian convictions, the suit claims that D. James Kennedy Ministries was wrongly excluded from the program and possible donations due to its religious beliefs.

Part of their defense against calling opposition to same-sex marriage hateful comes from the US Supreme Court decision that made it legal. “Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” the court wrote, “and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here.” (The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability quoted the same line in its response to GuideStar’s use of the hate group label for certain Christian organizations.)

Online:  CT – D. James Kennedy Ministries Sues SPLC over Hate Map

Christian Group – Ruth Institute – Dropped By Online Payment Service Over SPLC ‘Hate’ Map

Anyone or any organization that cites the SPLC as a source immediately loses all credibility.

You may have heard the Ruth Institute referred to as a “Hate Group.” No one who creates those designations has ever contacted us, to inquire about our mission or values. We do not know how an organization becomes christened a “hate group” or how an organization gets off such a list. Ruth Institute

Vanco Payment Solutions has cut off services from a Louisiana-based Christian ministry, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map,” which accuses the ministry of promoting “hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse.”

Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, told The Christian Post on Friday that her organization received a message Thursday around 2 p.m. that the online payment processing company had opted to discontinue their relationship.

The Ruth Institute is a Catholic nonprofit based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was “flagged by Card Brands as being affiliated with a product/service that promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse,” Morse explained to CP.

“Merchants that display such attributes are against Vanco and Wells Fargo processing policies,” Vanco’s correspondence read.

Morse commented, “The Ruth Institute’s primary focus is family breakdown and its impact on children: understanding it, healing it, ending it. If this makes us a ‘hate group,’ so be it.”…

Morse made a point to say that what is ultimately driving the SPLC and now Vanco’s moves against the nonprofit — even though Vanco markets itself to churches and nonprofit groups on its website — is that the Ruth Institute espouses the historic Christian view of marriage and sexual ethics, a view now considered “anti-LGBT.”

Those accusing her of “hate” simply do not want to debate those ideas. Their beliefs are the common heritage of all Christian groups, and like-minded organizations that utilize Vanco’s services might want to reconsider, she said.  CP

Online:  Where’s the hate? by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal non-profit Alabama-based tax-exempt charitable organization, has transferred cash to its “financial interests” in  foreign entities. The SPLC has sent large sums of money to accounts in the Cayman islands – the place known as a tax shelter.  SPLC has been making headlines over its anti-conservative “hate group” list and map.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that has long been regarded as a glorified direct-mail scam that profits from hate-mongering, has come under fire yet again for its shady financial practices. This time, SPLC has been caught shuttling millions of dollars to offshore entities — a practice that’s considered a “huge red flag” by philanthropy experts, an investigative report by Joe Schoffstall of The Washington Free Beacon reveals.  TheFederalist

  • $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to the Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled
    investment fund in the Cayman Islands.
  •  $102,007 cash transfer on Dec. 24, 2014 to BPV-III Cayman X Limited, a foreign entity located in the Cayman Islands.
  • $157,574 in cash sent to BPV-III Cayman XI Limited on Dec. 31, 2014, an entity that lists the same PO Box address in Grand Cayman as the previous transfer.
  • On March 1, 2015, SPLC sent $2,200,000 to an entity incorporated in Canana Bay, Cayman Islands, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) records and run by a firm firm based in Greenwich, Ct.
  • Another $2,200,000 cash transfer was made on the same day to another fund whose business is located at the same address as the previous fund in the Cayman Islands, according to SEC records.  Free Beacon

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its “hate group” designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of “fighting hate and bigotry” using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is perhaps best known for its “hate map,” a collection of organizations the nonprofit deems “domestic hate groups” that lists mainstream conservative organizations alongside racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and is often referenced in the media. A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an “anti-gay” group on SPLC’s website.

The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. No information is available beyond the acknowledgment of the interests at the bottom of the form. Free Beacon

Online:   DailyWire  – 7 Things You Need To Know About The Southern Poverty Law Center