Conservative leaders from Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel, and Wallbuilders were part of a total of 47 individuals and groups that signed an open letter to the mainstream media calling on them to stop using information from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s so-called “hate group” list.
“All reputable news organizations should immediately stop using the SPLC descriptions of individuals and organizations based on the SPLC’s obvious political prejudices,” wrote the group in the open letter released on Wednesday.
Perpetrators of both a planned attack at Family Research Council years ago and the shooting of Rep. Scalise and other Republicans at a baseball game practice in June referenced SPLC’s ‘hate” list. Both Liberty Counsel and D. James Kennedy Ministries have gone to court over SPLC’s charge they are “hate” organizations.
The letter continues, “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 and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”
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