Defense Department Stops Using SPLC’s ‘Hate Group’ List

The Department of Defense (DOD) once used the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a resource for “hate groups” in its training materials to fight hate crimes. But not anymore, based on emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. According to an email from Brian J. Field, assistant U.S. attorney from the Civil Division, “all references to the SPLC have been removed from any current training” used by the DOD.

The SPLC still labels Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association, Family Research Council, and Liberty Counsel as “SPLC Designated Hate Groups,” mixing these pro-family groups in with the Ku Klux Klan and other similar organizations.

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