The Southern Poverty Law Center is an extremist hate group that attacks any other group or individual that doesn’t identify with radical liberalism and lumps them all in the same group. So, you’ll have the usual KKK members and other white supremacists lumped in with a group like the Family Research Council.
In fact, it was the SPLC’s “Extremist Files” on the Family Research Council that led Floyd Lee Corkins to storm the FRC’s headquarters with a hundred rounds of ammo and the intent of shooting as many people inside, and then stuffing Chick-fil-A sandwiches in everyone’s mouths. He didn’t get very far, as he was subdued by the security guard. But during his interrogation, he admitted that he targeted the FRC, because they were listed as a “hate group” on the SPLC’s website.
Now, this Floyd Lee Corkins character didn’t make the SPLC hate list. I’m sure they’d say that while he may have been “misguided,” he wasn’t hateful. And we shouldn’t judge him for his particular “lifestyle choices” that led to what he did at the FRC headquarters.
But Ben Carson? Yep, he’s been added to the SPLC’s “Extremist Files.” They have his ideology listed as “Anti-LGBT.” The Blaze reported:
Carson has been added to a list of “extremists” being populated and compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
It’s Carson’s apparent “anti-LBGT” views that have landed him in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “extremist files,” where he is listed among other individuals in categories such as ”anti-Muslim,” “Ku Klux Klan” and “Neo-Nazi.”
“Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson rapidly ascended as a far-right political star after publicly scolding President Obama, whom he sat a few feet away from, at a National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013,” reads the group’s profile on the noted neurosurgeon. “Carson’s reproach of Obama for his health care and tax policies went viral, unleashing a flood of adulation from right-wing media and hate groups.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center claims that Carson began speaking soon after that event to “right wing and hate group gatherings,” claiming that he linked gays to pedophiles and endorsed “biblical economic practices for 21st century America.” The latter is likely a reference to Carson’s comparison of the traditional church tithe to a flat tax system.
The profile includes a list of quotes from Carson’s media appearances and writings seen by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being anti-gay — or for being, at the least, egregious. Here are just a few of those quotes:
“Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And … in a way, it is slavery.” —Values Voter Summit, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2013
“I mean [our government and institutions] are very much like Nazi Germany. … You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they really believe.” —Quoted by Breitbart News, March 12, 2014
“What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up by Bible, you know what I see? I see the first individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe.” —Endorsing a flat tax for all Americans, White House Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 7, 2013
Everyone’s an “extremist” according to the SPLC. That is, unless you champion homosexuality; heap glory, laud and honor on President Obama; say that Islam is a “peaceful religion”; and apologize for your “white privilege.” The thing is, those views aren’t nearly as mainstream as liberal outlets would make them out to be. That’s why they have so many people on their “hate list.” There are so many that it has no meaningful value. It would be a lot easier and a much shorter list if they instead had a “love list,” or something like that where they listed everyone they liked. Then they could say, “If you’re not on this list of half-dozen people, then we hate you.” That would be much simpler. But it probably wouldn’t work very well in bringing in the money. They’ve got loads of donors to please.