by Jerome R. Corsi
It was the Southern Poverty Law Center that called the World Congress of Families, which promotes the "natural family," an "anti-LGBT hate group."
The same SPLC has blasted the Drudge Report for covering "black crime," charging that the immensely popular Internet news aggregator "has been rife with what the online publisher calls 'scary black people' stories."
Another prominent leader of a major online source, Breitbart Editor Ben Shapiro, also was targeted by SPLC over purported "hate."
The site said Shapiro quoted FBI "hate crime statistics" to show there are about the "same number of attacks on Jews in this country as there are homosexuals."
Joseph Farah, WND founder and CEO, long has been targeted by SPLC, which has described WND as "the conspiracist 'news' site."
"Hate crimes" and "hate speech" have surged into the headlines this week as WND reported that if two Democratic lawmakers have their way, Barack Obama's Justice Department soon will submit a report for action against any Internet sites, broadcast, cable television or radio shows determined to be advocating or encouraging "violent acts."
That's from the text of a new bill from Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 "would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes," stated a news release from Markey's office.
The president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Alex Nogales, thanked Markey for the work "to confront and combat hate speech in the media that targets our most vulnerable communities."
He said NHMC "has long-recognized that an update to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's 1993 report, 'The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes,' is long overdue and desperately needed given the incredible evolution of our communications systems over the past 21 years as well as the ever-increasing numbers of hate crimes targeting Latinos and others."
"As the author of the original piece of legislation directing the 1993 report, there is nobody better than Senator Markey to join Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and others in calling on the NTIA to study this pressing issue once again," Nogales said.
NHMC, along with its fellow Soros-funded group SPLC, have worked on the idea of a federal rule against "hate speech" in the political content of all forms of telecommunications, including the Internet.
Markey's effort dates back to 1992, when as a congressman from Massachusetts he used the Telecommunications Authorization Act to direct the NTIA to produce a report on the role of telecommunications media in hate crimes, the first and only report ever so completed by any federal agency at the direction of Congress.
That report, issued in December 1993 under the supervision of then-Secretary of Commerce Ron H. Brown, "The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes," focused on broadcast television and radio, as well as cable public access channels, telephone hotlines and the computer bulletin boards that preceded today's Internet.
The 1993 NTIA report's most frequently cited source was a February 1992 SPLC report, "Klanwatch Intelligence Report." It was cited in the first footnote and 18 subsequent footnotes referencing the Ku Klux Klan as the prototypical right-wing extremist hate group in America.
SPLC not only provides "resources" to lawmakers across the nation, it also boasts of providing training to law enforcement officers "at the local, state and federal level."
"Thousands of officers have received training that helps them recognized and deal with hate crimes."
In fact, SPLC lists pages of helps for law enforcement, from legal commentaries to videos, articles and publications.
It also operates a "Hate Map," which apparently was used by a confessed terrorist to identify Christians to kill in 2012.
In that case, Floyd Lee Corkins II identified SPLC as his source of information when he decided to murder staff members at a Christian organization in Washington, the Family Research Council.
Corkins, a homosexual activist, told investigators he had gotten details about FRC from SPLC, which publicly had labeled FRC a "hate group" because of its biblical position on homosexuality.
After Corkins' confession, he was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts to 25 years in prison because, on Aug. 15, 2012, he walked into FRC headquarters and started to shoot with the intention of killing "as many people as I could."
He managed to shoot and injure just one person, facilities manager Leo Johnson, who is credited with heroically stopping the attack
Corkins admitted he picked FRC because the organization was listed as an "anti-gay" hate group by the SPLC on its website.
FRC promotes traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs about the family and homosexuality, but SPLC claims the organization's "real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians."
Corkins, a former volunteer at an LGBT community center, pleaded guilty to terrorism.