Earlier today, I got the following email from an advocate of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):
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First and foremost, I’d like to state that I disagree with the notion of “conversion” therapy. That said, I do not believe that a group’s belief in “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, or that homosexuality is a sin, should cause them to be labeled a hate group. In fact, by SPLC’s own definition, SPLC itself is a hate group (emphasis mine):
All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.
Why is SPLC a hate group?
- They attack or malign an entire group of people, namely theists who believe that homosexuality is a sin.
- They are an organized group that hosts meetings, have a website and engage in other activities that are clearly not the work of a single individual.
- Engaging in violence is not a prerequisite to be listed as a hate group.
I hate broccoli. If I set up a website encouraging people to boycott farmers who grow broccoli and stores that sell broccoli and I was able to recruit a large following, Broccoli Sux would qualify as a hate group according to SPLC’s definition. The point is, the First Amendment still applies. Nobody is forcing people to participate in “conversion” or “reparative” therapy. Be gay, but don’t label groups who disapprove as “hate groups” because they disagree with you.
And for the record, Broccoli Sux.