The Southern Poverty Law Center last week added five members to its list of “hate” groups, one of which is the American Family Association.
This illustrates one point and proves another. The point it illustrates is that the first and last refuge of a man without an argument is name-calling. If you can’t win on the merits of the case, call your opponent a racist or a bigot or a hater and the debate is supposed to be over at that point. So you know as a matter of fact that the moment someone stops debating and starts name-calling, they’ve lost the argument. It’s an admission of defeat.
The point all this proves is that under the regime of toxic political correctness, truth has now become hate speech, by definition. If you tell the truth about homosexuality, you’re a hater and a homophobe. If you tell the truth about Islam, you’re an Islamophobe.
Things have gotten so bad that Cindy McCain is now out there running commercials in which she essentially labels her own husband a homophobic bigot for opposing homosexuality in the military. (It’s starting, by the way, to look like the real problems in the Republican Party are the wives of presidents and presidential candidates. Laura Bush is now out there proudly advocating for the butchering of babies in the womb, and Barbara Bush is out there saying snarky and catty things about Sarah Palin, who might be the GOP nominee in 2012. No wonder we’ve got a Tea Party.)
Thus, in a strange way, it is a badge of honor for these groups to be tagged now by the SPLC as hate groups. It’s a sign of desperation on the part of the SPLC, and a sign that they are so threatened by the truths that these groups speak that they are now flailing about trying to silence them rather than to debate them. They’ve given up winning on points, and so have taken to trying to run them off the field. Their strategy now is not to persuade the public but to demonize their cultural adversaries.
I’ve often maintained that liberals, progressives, Democrats, socialists, Marxists, etc. - they’re all the same under the covers - hate free speech. They hate freedom of religion, and they hate freedom of the press, because such freedoms threaten their stranglehold on public discourse and their goal of indoctrinating the American people with their non-traditional moral values. They hate the First Amendment, for the very reason that it was designed by the Founders to protect robust public discourse on political and social matters.
This hatred of free speech is why Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants the federal government to yank the broadcasting license of Fox News, and why Rev. Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz are campaigning for the FCC to knock conservative talk off radio altogether.
So the SPLC folks don’t want robust political debate. They want their opponents silenced and punished.
Oddly, this may make them the real haters in this business. As Jesus said, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). And if you hate the light, as the SPLC evidently does, it’s not long before you start hating the people who bear witness to the light.
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