*Important Update*: While this story was reported by multiple mainstream outlets, contacts to AVfM today have led to questions as to its veracity. A look at at least one FBI web site shows them still linking out to SPLC as a partnered source and the claim is being reputed by SPLC-supporting sources. More updates as we get them. -DE
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in addition to launching attacks against the men’s human rights movement and listing pro-traditional advocacy organizations as “hate groups,” has been removed as a resource on the FBI’s Hate Crime Web page.
This represents an embarrassing rejection of the once-influential group, and an immediate drop in their prestige as a civil rights organization.
The Anti-Defamation League was also removed from the FBI site.
The SPLC’s ouster came after at least 15 family groups appealed to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to remove their endorsement. This came after a Virginia man used the SPLC’s so called “hate map” to target the Family Research Council where he shot and wounded an employee. The SPLC had declared the Council a hate group because they opposed gay marriage.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, was quoted as saying, “We commend the FBI for removing website links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that not only dispenses erroneous data but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court. We hope this means the FBI leadership will avoid any kind of partnership with the SPLC.”
The SPLC had already been subjected to a great deal of criticism from many sources, being accused of using their reputation and influence as a civil rights group to attack political opponents rather than identifying actual hate groups, and for fear-mongering for financial gain.