FAKE NEWS: CNN Equates Christian Groups with Hate Groups

I’ve posted about this previously, but it’s worth saying again. 

There’s an attack on all things historical. Old is bad; new is good. 

That’s not to say that old is good by virtue of historical precedence. But it does not mean it’s necessarily bad. 

And there’s also the issue of chronological snobbery. 

But now the left is accusing historical Christianity of being a hate group because it holds to religious beliefs held for millennia. 

On Thursday morning CNN published an article titled: “Here are all the active hate groups where you live.” Identifying 917 “hate groups,” CNN plotted the organizations on a map and listed them by name. In the aftermath of the violent protests fueled by racist ideology in Charlottesville, compiling a list of hate groups is a laudable project, an important initiative that might educate and serve the public. However, a brief look at CNN’s list reveals a major problem: lumped together with legitimate hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan are Christian public policy and religious liberty advocacy organizations, including one that won a 7-2 decision at the Supreme Court earlier this summer.

In fact, the “fake news” basis of the article is evident within Dakin Andone’s first two sentences. Andone writes, “917. That’s the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Thus, without reading further the glaring problem with CNN’s list is clear- its’ reliance on data from the widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which recklessly demonizes groups that disagree with their progressive and liberal policy positions. SPLC has a history of inflammatory rhetoric directed against conservative and religious organizations. In fact, even liberal commentators have noted SPLC’s longstanding bias toward conservatives. Alexander Cockburn (a liberal writer for The Nation) has described SPLC leaders as the “archsalesmen of hatemongering.”

They ask a question that has never been answered: 

Further, SPLC has been linked to the 2012 attempted mass murder at the Washington D.C. office of the Family Research Council (FRC). The assailant, Floyd Corkins II revealed to FBI authorities that he was motivated by the “Hate Map” prominently featured on SPLC’s website that listed Family Research Council as a “hate group.”

Shouldn’t SPLC itself be labeled a hate group? 

Via The Resurgent