Some of America’s biggest companies, and one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, just stepped up to support a hate group that has attacked Christian organizations for years.
We’ve seen a number of companies get politically active in recent years, almost always with a liberal agenda (we’re looking at you, Starbucks). Since the election of Donald Trump, however, those companies have become emboldened to become more vocal.
The Charlottesville riots have been overly politicized by many to attack President Trump. Although his initial response may have been inarticulate, he was criticized by his political enemies as sympathetic to white supremacists and Nazis. Such a characterization is a far cry from what he actually said and intended, but like any good liberal, Democrats are not letting this crisis go to waste.
In response to the President’s comments, many companies are rallying around one organization to make a statement about the President. That organization is the Southern Poverty Law Center.
For years, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has worked to expose what it deems hate and racism in America. What started as a noble purpose years ago to fight the KKK has now deteriorated into liberal propaganda, that now seeks to censor conservative speech. Now, just about any organization, political group, or Christian ministry that veers right of center, or preaches the gospel, is labeled by SPLC as a hate group. It is an easy way to demonize and marginalize.
Now, both Apple and J.P. Morgan Chase, the owners of Chase Bank, are giving their support to the SPLC, and in doing so, taking a not-so-subtle swipe at President Trump. They are joined by a Hollywood superstar who has been a vocal critic of the President. He is the man who portrayed the worst cinematic Batman ever – George Clooney.
Kimberley A. Strassel of The Wall Street Journal exposes Apple and J.P. Morgan Chase for their support of SPLC.
Apple CEO Tim Cook informed employees that his company is giving $1 million to SPLC and matching employee donations. J.P. Morgan Chase is pitching in $500,000, specifically to further the SPLC’s “work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations,” in the words of Peter Scher, the bank’s head of corporate responsibility.
What Mr. Scher is referring to is the SPLC’s “Hate Map,” its online list of 917 American “hate groups.” The SPLC alone decides who goes on the list, but its criteria are purposely vague. Since the SPLC is a far-left activist group, the map comes down to this: If the SPLC doesn’t agree with your views, it tags you as a hater.
Let’s not mince words: By funding this list, J.P. Morgan and Apple are saying they support labeling Christian organizations that oppose gay marriage as “hate groups.” That may come as a sour revelation to any bank customers who have donated to the Family Research Council (a mainstream Christian outfit on the SPLC’s list) or whose rights are protected by the Alliance Defending Freedom (which litigates for religious freedom and is also on the list).
“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” George Clooney said. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”
George and Amal Clooney on Tuesday gave the SPLC a $1 million grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice….
“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the husband and wife said in a statement. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”
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H/T: Pamela Geller