Ashley Herzog

Profit, not tolerance, has been the goal all along. The SPLC’s founder, Morris Dees, started out defending Klan members before he realized he could make more money suing them. As the Social Contract Press discovered, “Dees won a judgment for a black woman whose son was killed by Klansmen. She received $51,875 as settlement. Mr. Dees, according to an investigation by the Montgomery Advertiser, pulled in $9 million from fund-raising solicitation letters that featured a particularly gruesome photograph of the grieving mother's son. Mr. Dees offered the grieving mother none of the $9 million her son's death made for him.” He probably bought a new vacation home with it. It’s hard to say where else the money goes, since in 2007, the SPLC raised twice as much money as it spent on its anti-hate programs.

With a miniscule number of genuine hate groups left in America, the SPLC has simply stretched the definitions of “extremist” and “hate groups.” It was bad enough when fellow phony Southern folksy lawyer John Edwards made a fortune by suing doctors based on specious medical claims. The SPLC ruins reputations and slanders decent people who don’t believe in gay marriage or illegal immigration.

The only thing remarkable about the FRC’s classification as a “hate group” is the fact that anyone still takes these shysters seriously.

Ashley Herzog

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