Look out! It’s another fake Islamophobia crisis.
“Huge Growth in Anti-Muslim Hate Groups During 2016: SPLC Report,” wails NBC News. “Watchdog: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups tripled since 2015,” FOX News bleats. ABC News vomits up this word salad. “Trump cited in report finding increase in US hate groups for 2nd year in a row.”
The SPLC stands for the Southern Poverty Law Center: an organization with slightly less credibility than Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and without the academic degree in greasepaint.
And you won’t believe the shameless way the SPLC faked its latest Islamophobia crisis.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate group” sightings claims that the “number of anti-Muslim hate groups increased almost three-fold in 2016.”
That’s a lot of folds.
And there is both bad news and good news from its “Year in Hate and Extremism.”
First the good news.
Casa D’Ice Signs, the sign outside a bar in K-Mart Plaza in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is no longer listed as a hate group. The sign outside the bar had been listed as a hate group by the SPLC for years. The owner of Casa D’Ice had been known for putting politically incorrect signs outside his bar. So the SPLC listed the “signs” as a hate group. (Even though there was only one sign.) Not the bar. That would have made too much sense.
Since then Casa D’Ice was sold and the SPLC has celebrated the defeat of another hate group. Even if the hate group was just a plastic sign outside a bar.
But the bad news, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is that anti-Muslim hate groups shot up from only 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016.
What could possibly account for that growth? Statistical fakery so fake that a Vegas bookie would weep.
President Trump is on the cover of the SPLC’s latest Intelligence Report: a misnomer of a title from an organization whose intelligence gathering led it to list a bar sign as a hate group.
But there’s actually another phenomenon responsible for this startling rise reported by the SPLC.
The SPLC decided to count 45 chapters of Act for America as separate groups.
How do you get a sudden rise from 34 to 101 hate groups? It helps to suddenly add 45 chapters of one group. Act for America isn’t a hate group. It’s also just as obviously not 45 groups.
And it didn’t come into existence last year.
Act for America was only listed as one group in the 2015 list. It shot up to 45 now.
The SPLC this year listed the Los Angeles chapter of Act for America as a separate group. But the chapter has been around for quite a few years.
Furthermore Act for America boasts not 45, but 1,000 chapters across the country. Why list just 45 of them? Look at it from the SPLC’s perspective. Next year, it can add 200 chapters and claim that anti-Muslim hate groups once again tripled. And then it can do the same thing again the year after that.
That way the Southern Poverty Law Center can keep manufacturing an imaginary Islamophobia crisis.
Also added to the list is Altra Firearms: a gun store that ran an ad declaring that it wouldn’t sell firearms to Clinton supporters or Muslims. Like Casa D’Ice, this is another case of the SPLC demonstrating that it has no idea what distinguishes a store whose owner says politically incorrect things from a “group”.
The list has added Bosch Fawstin: an artist who was the target of the first ISIS terror attack in America during the assault on the Draw Mohammed cartoon contest. The SPLC announced that it was adding the Eisner nominated artist to its list of hate groups after he survived the attack.
The SPLC’s actions were obscene.
After the attack, Heidi Beirich, in charge of adding targets to the SPLC’s hate map, announced that she would be adding Bosch to the list because the Center now knows his location.
Indeed the SPLC makes a point of highlighting the locations of likely terrorist targets. And the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate has been used by terrorists before.
Floyd Lee Corkins opened fire at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. The conservative Christian organization had been targeted by Corkins because of its appearance on the SPLC’s list.
"Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online,” Corkins later confessed to the FBI.
When Leo Johnson, the building’s African-American manager, attempted to stop Corkins, the SPLC shooter told Johnson that he didn’t like his politics and opened fire. The SPLC gunman had planned to kill everyone in the office, but Johnson’s heroic actions saved their lives. The African-American building manager was forced to undergo painful surgeries because of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate list.
Despite its role in the terror attack, the SPLC continues to target the Family Research Council.
None of the so-called “Anti-Muslim hate groups” listed by the SPLC have shot anyone. The SPLC has.
Bosch Fawstin is a courageous activist. He’s also an individual. As am I. And the SPLC also has me up as a hate group. Other individual bloggers on the list include Atlas Shrugs, Refugee Resettlement Watch, Bare Naked Islam and Citizen Warrior.
6 of the SPLC’s “hate groups” are actually individuals. It’s understandable that the Southern Poverty Law Center is vague on the definition of hate. But you would think that it could figure out the definition of “group.”
No such luck.
The SPLC lists the David Horowitz Freedom Center as a hate group. But then again it also lists the American College of Pediatricians and the Jewish Political Action Committee as hate groups.
It doesn’t take much to be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
You don’t need to be a group to be listed by the SPLC as a hate group. You don’t even need to have a pulse. Inanimate plastic signs can be listed too.
The rest of the SPLC’s “increase” is padded out with assorted community groups opposed to refugee resettlement, such as Treasure Valley Refugee Watch, and any Christian ministry it doesn’t like.
But there is one barrier to being listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
No amount of overt anti-Semitism from CAIR’s Nihad Awad would ever get the Islamist hate group listed as a hate group. Even CAIR’s flirtation with Neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers can’t get it on the hate map. The SPLC collaborated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council despite its anti-Semitism.
Instead the SPLC lists counterterrorism organizations such as the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Clarion Project and the David Horowitz Freedom Center which point out their terror ties as hate groups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is greedy, cynical and dishonest. Its latest ploy to gain headlines by inflating a group it had formerly listed as 1 organization into 45 by listing each chapter separately is the sort of behavior you expect from a lazy college student, not one of the wealthiest organizations in the country. And yet no one in the media will call out the SPLC for its greed, its bigotry and its lies.
The SPLC climbs into bed with extremists and terrorists and it smears counterterrorism organizations. It helps terrorists target their critics. And it solicits money through shameless lies.
It’s easy to indict the SPLC. But every indictment of the SPLC is also an indictment of a Fake News media that repeats its absurd lies without ever checking its facts.
When the media reports that there was a huge rise in anti-Muslim groups because the Southern Poverty Law Center turned 1 group into 45, it proves that it really is in the Fake News business.
Statistical fakery seems to be one of the recurring themes in leftist arguments.ReplyDelete
I can't understand why NYT reports anything from SPLC.ReplyDelete
Well, maybe this is the explanation: they're fast sinking to SPLC's level. Heck, maybe they're copying them.
Interestingly, Wikipedia and other search results describe SPLC as a beneficial civil rights organization. I would have expected such blandness from PBS and NPR. Only a Breitbart article from 2014:ReplyDelete
"FBI Dumps SPLC as Hate Crimes Resource", and another from TabletMag, 2016, were on the first results page. Of course, we know how Google can be and is tweaked.
The decrease in consumption of Mainstream Media and rise of the Internet is a better metric that the Public gets the message: "Victims" are really the Enemy; "Haters" are really Defenders.
The Left keeps lying, and keeps being surprised that we don't fall for it anymore. Thanks, Daniel, for your Truth and validation.
"No amount of overt anti-Semitism from CAIR’s Nihad Awad would ever get the Islamist hate group listed as a hate group."ReplyDelete
No. It would need to be from the right, and it would have to be "white."
Those are the rules.
Gluten hates my stomach.....I'll have to see about getting it/them added to this/a hate group list. Do I need to register my stomach as Islamic first? I better contact the SPLC.ReplyDelete
"Islamophobia" is a term coined by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organisation in order to stifle any critism of Islam.ReplyDelete
Sultan Knish’s boffo article of March 3rd, “How to Fake an Islamophobic Crisis” (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/03/how-to-fake-islamophobia-crisis.html) caused me to be envious, and to feel cruelly neglected by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Greenfield paints a meticulous picture of the SPLC’s fraudulent and cooked statistics of how the cash-rich (hardly impoverished) SPLC designates many organizations and individuals as “hate groups” and inflates the numbers by including chapters of national organizations that oppose jihad, such as Act for America. Such as a plastic sign outside a bar near Pittsburgh PA.ReplyDelete
But the SPLC has not discovered Rule of Reason (http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/), nor edwardcline.blogspot (http://edwardcline.blogspot.com/). Rule of Reason, since I began posting columns on it over ten years ago, to date has logged in 2,362 columns, half of them excoriating Islam and Muslims. All very “hateful,” none of which would fit onto the Casa D’ice sign. The second site, to date, has logged in 398 columns and is a twin of Rule of Reason. Both sites have hundreds of page views each from around the world. Capitalism Magazine (CapMag) used to carry my columns until it took offense to a column that mocked Bruce Jenner’s over-publicized gender change (“The Prancing Unicorn”) and “archived” my past columns out of public sight. The owner of CapMag even attempted to take down Rule of Reason which also ran that column, an action which he has admitted doing but has never explained. The owner of The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism (CAC) divorced Rule of Reason after it ran a guest column last year that endorsed Donald Trump. The second blog site was created in response to CapMag’s banishment of my columns.
So, after such a stellar record, the SPLC has yet to notice my columns. Maybe I should send the SPLC a letter of complaint and suggest that they discriminate?
Better yet, I think the SPLC should designate the Democratic Party as a bonafide “hate group,” and name each Democratic member of Congress as a separate “hate group.”
Starting to seem like I need to get SPLC to list me as a hate group so I can maintain my self-respect.ReplyDelete
Virginia Christian Alliance is also a new addition to SPLC's list. Later speaking with the founder of VCA, I congratulated him on his addition to the list. I consider it a badge of honor and so does VCA!ReplyDelete
So it is the 'Southern Political Lies' centreReplyDelete
The percentage will really increase if they start counting VFW lodges.ReplyDelete
Words will not suffice. The English language and words are not sufficient to convey the level of my disgust, despising, and even hatred for the Southern Poverty Law Center and many people who are associated with it, the American Mainstream Media and many people who are associated with it, Islam and many people who are members of the Death Cult, as well as various and sundry other organizations and people of the same ilk as the aforementioned. Ugghhhh....makes me want to have some alcoholic beverages tonight. As usual Mr. Greenfield the article is superb. Now....where is that Capt. Morgan?ReplyDelete
"What accounts for this huge growth in Islamic hate groups?"ReplyDelete
When any one is allowed to self define what a term means you have to examine it through a different perspective. Just as the progressive left has attempted to determines what constitutes Conservatism for the past 50 years with the election of Donald Trump there is no doubt his Justice Department, State Department along with his Defense Department will be added to this Islamophobic listing. Of course with his adolescent twitting involved in his persistent attack against the Muslim family at the Democratic convention he helps perpetuate this image by constantly stomping on his own nuts
Here's to Mr. Greenfield, a hate group of one! He should be eligible for group discounts all by himself!ReplyDelete
"So it is the 'Southern Political Lies' centre"ReplyDelete
They are based in Alabama, but I've a feeling very few of the top dogs at SPLC are Southern, let alone Alabamians.
Lost respect for the SPLC when they named someone I respect a hate group.ReplyDelete
SPLC are entitled to their opinions, and writers are entitled to throw their graggers er pens and keyboards, up.ReplyDelete
Maybe the Southern Political Liars Center will fold if their listing of groups, individuals and plastic signs as hate groups can be used as an indicator of liberty, a sort of "Good Houskeeping Seal of Liberty."ReplyDelete
They should do that WendyReplyDelete
It would seem SPLC only lists only those the Left doesn't approve of as "hate groups."ReplyDelete
Some people simply stopped fighting the demon inside. It's easier to call good evil and evil good and gung ho they go, unrestrained, freed from good…ReplyDelete