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Prominent Democratic lawmakers on Thursday congratulated the Southern Poverty Law Center on its 50th anniversary, without once mentioning the left-wing organization’s scandal in 2019 involving allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and a deceptive fundraising program based on “hate” labeling. They also did not mention the attempted terrorist attack on the Family Research Council in 2012, in which a gunman used the SPLC’s “hate card” to target a conservative Christian nonprofit organization.
Sense. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., And Cory Booker, DN.J., as well as representatives Judy Chu, D-Calif., Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., and Bennie Thompson, D -Miss., Joined former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in congratulating the SPLC on its anniversary. They appeared in a video streaming event to commemorate the anniversary.
“Congratulations to the Southern Poverty Law Center on your 50th anniversary, 50 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, defending the marginalized, protecting the disadvantaged,” said Abrams. “We appreciate everything you have done.”
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“Thank you for the decades spent defending civil rights in the United States,” Ossoff said. “I am deeply concerned, like many of you, about the growing level of polarization, hatred and mistrust in our society.”
“The SPLC is a catalyst for justice in the South and beyond,” Warnock said. “By denouncing hatred and extremism, speaking of justice, promoting anti-racism and tolerance and celebrating the rich diversity of our country, the SPLC brings us closer to building a more perfect union, beloved community. “
“The SPLC has been a bastion of civil rights for half a century, fighting to make the promise of equality and justice for all of our country a reality,” Booker said.
“I want to thank the SPLC for all the amazing work you do,” Chu said.
“Over the past half century, the SPLC has been at the forefront of our country’s efforts to combat hate and extremism,” Nadler said. “This country is a better place because of your work to promote racial justice, celebrate diversity, and advance civil and human rights for all.”
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has always been and continues to be steadfast in its determination to promote justice and racial equality,” said Thompson.
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None of those Democrats addressed the scandal that led the SPLC to fire its co-founder, Morris Dees, in 2019. Lt. Gen. (retired) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, pointed out that scandal and attempted terrorist attack against his organization.
“What cannot be lost in the SPLC anniversary celebration is that their employees identified racism and sexual harassment as part of the SPLC culture,” Boykin told Fox News.
Indeed, the SPLC fired Dees following allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment that goes back decades. SPLC chairman Richard Cohen resigned and the SPLC promised an internal review, the results of which have not yet made public. Amid the scandal, a former staff member stepped forward, claiming that the SPLC was using its “hate group” charge to exaggerate hatred in a fundraising program to “steal” donors. Reviews claimed that the SPLC calls conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups,” putting them on a list with truly hate organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.
Boykin addressed this hate labeling scandal. “The gunman who entered the FRC building in August 2012 admitted that he was motivated by the SPLC ‘hate card’,” he added.
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“The shooter, Floyd Corkins, entered our building armed with a 9mm pistol, two rounds of 15 rounds in his front pocket, rounds in the gun and a box of 50 extra rounds,” he said. Boykin said. “He also had 15 individually wrapped Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He wasn’t blowing things up when he told investigators he intended to ‘kill as many people as possible.’ [he] could.’ He shot our building manager, Leo Johnson, shattering the main bones in his left arm. Even after taking a bullet, Leo heroically attacked the shooter, bringing to an end what would have been mass murder. Corkins was later convicted of domestic terrorism in Washington, DC “
While the SPLC condemned the shooting, it has yet to remove FRC from the “hate map”.
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Fox News has contacted Ossoff, Warnock, Booker, Chu, Nadler, Thompson and Abrams, asking them to comment on the recent SPLC scandals and the attempted terrorist attack. None of them responded. The SPLC also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.