Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Think Not.

I refuse to call white supremacists the alt-right, and I refuse to call hate groups anything but hate groups.
Anti-gay hate groups would like you to stop calling them anti-gay hate groups
Pink News
By Nick Duffy
7th September 2017
Homophobic hate groups are demanding the media stop referring to them as homophobic hate groups.

A string of fundamentalist and ‘alt-right’ groups are this week attempting to challenge extremism watchdog the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC has monitored the rise of white nationalist, neo-Nazis and anti-LGBT hate groups across the US, reporting on the activities of groups including the KKK and white supremacist National Alliance.

But in a letter this week, a number of groups that work to spread hatred about LGBT people have demanded that the media stop using the SPLC’s definition of a ‘hate group’
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Groups that spread anti-LGBT propaganda including the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel and American Family Association have signed the letter, which claims the SPLC “is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label of its own invention”.

In the letter, the groups demand that the media “cease using the SPLC’s data and its various lists and maps in your reporting”.
I think not.

A sunk is still a sunk by any other name.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center a hate group is…
All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
Also…
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.
Notice that a hate group doesn’t have to be violent to qualify as a “hate group” it only has to malign an entire class of people.

The Huffington Post said in an article that,
No one disputes the majority of the 917 domestic organizations on the list. Klan chapters, neo-Nazi groups and racist skinhead gangs are easy calls.

But our critics contend that we’re mixing apples and oranges when we include groups that are closer to the mainstream and that don’t advocate violence – groups like the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Family Research Council (FRC).

We disagree. Indeed, we think it’s more important to call out hate groups that operate in the mainstream than those that operate at the fringes.

At their root, hate groups – those that have “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics” – are anti-democratic. Like hate crimes, they rip apart society along its most fragile fault lines – lines such as race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

CIS is a case in point. It’s a group whose immigration agenda is colored by ethnic bias. Part of a network of anti-immigration groups founded by white supremacist John Tanton, CIS has disseminated more than 1,700 articles from VDARE, a racist website and hub for white nationalists over the past decade. Hundreds of other articles came from leading racists and anti-Semites like Kevin McDonald, a former psychology professor who argues that Jews are genetically driven to destroy Western civilization. And, incredibly, after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, CIS President Mark Krikorian wrote, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.”
So an organization that is against same-sex marriage is not a hate group per se but an organization that is against say same-sex marriage that calls them perverts, or uses the word “f*gs” or other derogatory words to describe gays and lesbians or uses phrases like “men in dresses” to describe us is a “hate group.”

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