And some of their bullying is "guilt by association" rather than fact based.
Their newly released annual report, "The Year in Hate and Extremism," features a collage cover with pictures of Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Dr. Carson, Huckabee, columnist Ann Coulter, a Nazi Swastika, Center for National Security President Frank Gaffney, the Confederate flag, a masked terrorist, the Islamist San Bernardino murders, and other images of "hate and extremism."
They report "hate and extremism" rose by 14% in 2015.
No one would care what they say except the US Justice Department and other government agencies---and some deranged activists, look to them to identify "hate groups" in America.
The media consistently quotes their reports as an objective news source.
That makes them matter.
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If a picture is worth 1000 words, this cover collage speaks volumes.
So does the text of their 69-page 2015 report, "The Year of Hate and Extremism."
Robert Knight, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, reminds us in a recent article, "In August 2012, a disturbed young man, Floyd Lee Corkins II, incited by SPLC's 'hate map' designation of FRC [Family Research Center], invaded the group's Washington DC headquarters with the intent to commit mass murder. Stopped by FRC's courageous building manager, who took an arm shattering bullet, Corkins was later convicted of domestic terrorism."
Even after this, FRC and other faith based organizations remain on the 2015 "hate and extremism" list---with maps indicating their office locations.
In 2014, the SPLC published an "extremist file" on Dr. Ben Carson. Only after intense national criticism did they remove it.
This year's report is more of what we have seen in the past.
The report cherry picks quotes from Republican candidates about halting illegal immigration and President Obama's plan to import at least 10,000---probably many more, Syrian migrants.
The report says, "Even as more establishment Republicans held back from most criticism, Trump and other candidates increasingly injected real hate into the electoral contest."
Here's how the SPLC uses guilt by association techniques:
"The US House of Representatives took up a bill to end the resettlement of refugees, riding a wave of fear after the San Bernardino attacks. And others joined that anti-Muslim parade, ranging from Christian Right groups such as the American Family Association to the Klan."You will note on the link above that this year SPLC not only kept FRC on their "hate map," but added more Christian and conservative groups---which added to their "14% increase claim."
This year's SPLC "hate map," in addition to FRC, features Traditional Values Coalition, a number of state pro-family groups, D. James Kennedy Ministries, The American Family Association (AFA) and the Christian Anti-Defamation League.
And they include Christian legal groups such as Liberty Council, Pacific Justice Institute, and even The Ruth Institute, the Center for Family and Human Rights---and yes, The Tea Party.
Last year the SPLC's army of lawyers set out to crush the organization, "Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing" (JONAH), a small group in New Jersey that referred clients to counselors who assist people in overcoming same-sex temptations.
SPLC lawyers successfully crushed them with a kangaroo court finding the Jews guilty of "consumer fraud."
They ruled gays are born that way, so there is no way they can be helped or changed.
Any group that believes in traditional marriage, natural man-woman sexual relations or the sanctity of life, are considered to be "hate or extremist" if they espouse their beliefs publicly.
SPLC explains, "All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people" while they themselves are attacking both directly and by association "an entire class of people."
SPLC is, in fact maligning, tens of millions of Americans who are either Judeo-Christian, conservative or both.
Knight rightly points out, "Given its equation of conservative views with extremism and hatred, the SPLC ...might make itself the biggest hate group of them all."
The SPLC, who claim a Christian faith, should review what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman Christians:
"Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened--Professing to be wise, they became fools" and "exchanged the Truth of God for the lie."
But then their reading of Romans chapter 1 would likely result in placing Saint Paul on their list as well.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning.