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    Southern Poverty Law Center Still Peddling Lie That Giffords Shooter Was Right-Winger

    Southern Poverty Law Center Still Peddling Lie That Giffords Shooter Was Right-Winger

    The SPLC has come out with its latest list of active right-wing “hate groups,” now claiming the list exceeds 1000 such groups. 

    SPLC continues to list two Klan groups in my home state of Rhode Island, even though those claims have been shown not to be true and such falsity has been called to the attention of SPLC.  SPLC also does not appear to have stopped inflating its numbers by counting multiple “branches” of a single group as multiple groups.

    When SPLC says hate groups, it means right-wing hate groups:

    For the second year in a row, the radical right in America expanded explosively in 2010, driven by resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the government’s handling of the economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at various minorities. For many on the radical right, anger is focusing on President Obama, who is seen as embodying everything that’s wrong with the country.

    As proof of supposed right-wing violence, SPLC lists the following:

    “the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, an attack that left six dead and may have had a political dimension.”

    The allegation that Jared Loughner was right wing has been so thoroughly debunked that SPLC may be the last group actually making such a claim.  It truly is amazing that SPLC still peddles this garbage.

    The SPLC report and its wild claims are contrary to the actual statistics, which show that hate crimes are decreasing in the United States:

    The reported rise in hate groups come at a time when albeit incomplete FBI hate crime data for 2009 showed a 15% decrease in reported hate crime in the nation. The 6,598 hate crimes in 2009 were the lowest number of hate crimes reported by the FBI since 1994, although participation in the voluntary program varies widely from state to state.

    The SPLC report is just another fundraising tool, but it is not harmless.

    The damage SPLC does with such posturing is very real, as buried in that list of 1000+ supposed active hate groups probably are some groups we need to keep an eye on. 

    We just don’t know which ones, because SPLC has so politicized the process that it is impossible to separate the potentially violent from the politically incorrect.

    Update 2-24-2011:  Bruce McQuain has a good review of the latest SPLC report, including this quote showing how SPLC tries to tie Loughner to right-wing views:

    “That’s in addition to the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, an attack that left six dead that same month. The assailant appeared to be severely mentally ill, but he also seemed to have absorbed certain ideas from the radical right, including the notion that the federal government is evil.”

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    Is the SPLC really trying to claim that even a mythical Klan bunch is "right wing"?

    The Klan is what you see in the dirt after turning over a Democratic rock – and has been for over a century. Far more Left down there than Right.

    When it comes to irrational political extremists who are motivated by hatred, assigning them to categories like "left" and "right" really doesn't make any sense anyway.

    Would be Tyrants who want a monopoly on power use many different excuses, but all are ultimately cut from the same cloth.

    With your previous post in mind, which noted that a Federal judge has ruled that our thoughts can be regulated under the Commerce clause, I wonder how long until the Liberal Inquisition at the SPLC starts issuing fatwas against dissidents?

    The SPLC already has some scary connections with our guardians:

    I think you are missing the point a bit – to some people anyone using or owning a firearm is by definition "right-wing". It's part of the fundamental definition of "gun owner" that they are right wing, and part of the definition of "right wing" that they own and/or use guns. Therefore Jared Loughner is right wing. QED

    sort of runic rhyme | February 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    From Old Rebel's link [caps mine]:

    "The DHS report followed similar reports issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and the Virginia Fusion Center. The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police


    associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties."

    And here we thought lefty bumper stickers were merely amusing to astoundingly inane instances of gummy-backed free expression used to paper over dents in car rears and frontal lobes, when they're actually serving to nullify the threat of terrorist winger flag and NRA decals.

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