Leftist Southern Poverty Law Center Explains Why Antifa Isn’t a Hate Group.

Reason why is insane.

BY ALLEN WEST

If there’s one thing I enjoy exposing — and also despise – it’s the duplicitous hypocrisy of the progressive socialist left. They’re truly focused on redefining every aspect of our society to align it with their ideological agenda. And just last week we had yet another example of their deception, delusion and blatant hypocrisy.

As reported by the Washington Times, “You can find conservative policy centers like the Family Research Council on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) “hate map,” but not the violent left-wing extremist group antifa. Why not? Antifa’s radical activists are known for beating up those they view as “fascists,” but according to SPLC president Richard Cohen, antifa doesn’t actually espouse hate.

“If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often,” Mr. Cohen said in his [last] Thursday testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee. “We condemn their tactics — I’ve said so publicly and we do so always — but antifa is not a group that vilifies people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and the like.”

Mr. Cohen came to testify on domestic terrorism but wound up tangling with House Republicans over the SLPC’s extensive offshore financial holdings, its relationship with Google in creating a “hate news index,” and the politics behind its “hate map.”

Rep. Scott Perry, Pennsylvania Republican, blasted the SPLC for failing to include antifa, saying it “reduces your credibility,” and accused the group of picking and choosing its targets based not on empirical data but “only your opinion.”

“So you’re okay with antifa as long as they don’t say things that you don’t agree with, but it’s okay if they hit people on the head with a bike lock or set things on fire or riot and flout the law by wearing face masks and incite riots—you’re okay with that?” asked Mr. Perry.

Said Mr. Cohen: “We condemn groups like antifa, we write about them often. We don’t list them as hate groups.”

As for the FRC, which spars with its ideological foes verbally but not physically, Mr. Cohen said it was listed because it “relentlessly vilifies” the LGBT community. “Our listing of hate groups doesn’t necessarily mean that they engage in violence, although we think that the anti-LGBT propaganda is one of the factors that makes the LGBT community in our country the most likely to be victimized by hate crimes,” he said.

Mr. Perry asked him why the map doesn’t list Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), saying it has advocated for violence against Jews. “I don’t know about that particular group,” Mr. Cohen said, adding, “We try to call hate as we see it. We limit our list not by left versus right but by groups that vilify others for factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or the like.”

Ah, the old ignorance is bliss excuse, huh Mr. Cohen? Of course the SPLC isn’t going to list a group like SJP as a hate group because they’re ideologically in alignment. The progressive socialist left deems Israel a state of hate and sees them as oppressors: all lies. For the left, ’tis better to find association with Islamic terrorists — or criminal illegal immigrants who kill Americans — than with organizations that take a principled stance in opposition to their agenda. And that is what this is really all about for the SPLC.

The Family Research Council (FRC) is not a hate group to be placed on a “hate map” simply because they do not agree with the radical LGBT agenda…then again, like the major funder of that agenda, multi-millionaire Tim Gill has stated, we must punish Christians.

And so it was, when a leftist gunman shot the security guard of the Family Research Center in Washington DC but was physically neutralized by the same wounded guard. And, it wasn’t widely reported that this gunman had Chick-fil-A sandwiches and had intended to spread them all over the FRC after his shooting rampage. Why? Because the FRC and Chick-fil-A are Christian organizations that believe in traditional marriage.

The gunman in this case, was responding to the SPLC listing and hate-filled propaganda against the FRC.

This is just another example of the danger of an organization such as the SPLC and overall, the progressive socialist left. They’re demonizing and denigrating any opposing or dissenting viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs to their ideological agenda. In essence, if you don’t agree with the left, you are dealing in hatred. And therefore, you are deserving for whatever treatment you get…which is why the SPLC doesn’t list antifa. For them, antifa is doing exactly what the left wants: using coercion, intimidation, and violence to advance their agenda, and forcing the subjugation of counter thoughts, perspectives, and ideas.

Imagine this, it was the doggone SPLC that publicly attacked me for being the keynote speaker for the Russian Jewish Community Foundation of Boston annual gala event. Why? Because I address the issue of militant Islamic jihadism from the historical perspective based on fact and truth. But, due to the fact that the SPLC would rather embrace and be aligned with civilizational jihadists such as CAIR and others, my voice must be shut down. And therefore, I am disparaged as a purveyor of hate?

The bottom line is this: we should not take the SPLC seriously, outside of them being just another hand maiden of the liberal progressive movement in America, probably funded by George Soros. Their definition of “hate” is determined to be anyone, and any organization, that does not agree with the agenda of the left. Sure, they may list groups like the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, which they should, based on their rhetoric and actions. But they list conservative groups, think tanks, and organizations based purely upon ideological dissension.

I have NEVER heard Tony Perkins or anyone at the FRC speak of violence against anyone, nor have they ever undertaken such, yet violence was enacted against them due to the work of the SPLC. The fact that Richard Cohen attempted to justify the actions of antifa — actually dismiss their actions — should serve to delegitimize the SPLC. “Groups that vilify others for factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or the like”…hogwash, it’s the SPLC that vilifies based on one criterion: opposition to their agenda. The left has redefined vilification as a response to those who do not embrace their policies and stances, regardless if it’s on a principled basis. This is how progressive socialism advances, not by pointed debate but by intimidation.

And what is up with the offshore holdings? I thought the left vilified folks for that? And one would think that Google has some ‘splaining to do reference this “hate news index”? Hmm, I wonder where AllenBWest.com ranks on this index? I already know what the SPLC thinks of me personally…and it’s a badge of honor.

If there’s one thing we can be wholeheartedly thankful for about the progressive socialist left, they have completely come out of the closet. There’s no doubt or debate about who they are and what their goals, intentions, and objectives are…for that I am truly grateful.

The problem is we must be unwavering in confronting them, and denying them their dream — the fundamental transformation of America. We must fight them in our workplaces, schools, communities, and everywhere they seek to advance. They do not want opposition, certainly not debate, and the SPLC is just another mechanism they have employed in order to stoke the real fires of hatred…theirs.

Like the late, great Tom Petty once sang: “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down…In a world that keeps on pushing me around, but I stand my ground, and I won’t back down.”


Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.


Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom.

Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.

Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.