2ndVote readers are familiar with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The famed civil rights organization has devolved into little more than a left-wing fundraising machine, naming Christian organizations “hate groups” for doing nothing more than holding to traditional values on sexuality.
In a rational world, SPLC would be out of business for its dangerously false designations, which have been linked to at least one attempted mass shooting. Instead, it has massive corporate support, is regularly given credibility by mainstream media outlets, and — as was uncovered last week by The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) — is consulted by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon for censorship purposes.
The DCNF reports that of the four organizations, Amazon gives SPLC the greatest free rein:
“We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible,” an Amazon spokeswoman told TheDCNF.
Amazon grants the SPLC that power “because we don’t want to be biased whatsoever,” said the spokeswoman, who could not say whether Amazon considers the SPLC to be unbiased.
The Smile program allows customers to identify a charity to receive 0.5 percent of the proceeds from their purchases on Amazon. Customers have given more than $8 million to charities through the program since 2013, according to Amazon.
Only one participant in the program, the SPLC, gets to determine which other groups are allowed to join it.
Christian legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom — which recently successfully represented a Christian baker at the Supreme Court — are barred from the Amazon Smile program, while openly anti-Semitic groups remain, TheDCNF found in May.
One month later, the anti-Semitic groups — but not the Alliance Defending Freedom — are still able to participate in the program.
The other social media giants are not far behind in using SPLC to punish groups with which don’t follow left-wing ideology. Google uses SPLC to police alleged hate speech on YouTube even as it has been accused of demonetizing YouTube videos with conservative content. Facebook and Twitter both consult with SPLC to police alleged hate speech.
Conservatives at the Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Ruth Institute haven’t bowed to SPLC’s bullying, and the DCNF’s new report gives more credibility to conservative concerns. The refusal to back down has brought adherents from the mainstream press. The Atlantic published a defense of one of SPLC’s Muslim targets while former Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger and former Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle criticized SPLC’s overall methodology.
Now it’s your turn. We urge you to use your second vote to let SPLC’s corporate backers know that you won’t stand for the SPLC’s dangerous bigotry against conservatives:
Learn more about the corporate support for SPLC at our resource page here.