The Southern Poverty Law Center is famous for rooting out bigotry and hate speech, except that is, when it comes to their fawning article commenters. The comment thread below was typical of what passes as fair comment on the $PLC’s site. It is among the reactions to a story about a rather unsavory $PLC former target who tuned up dead of gunshot wounds in 2013.
The story itself is a self-promoting, gloating report of what happens to people the $PLC designate as “haters.” It’s carried under the banner of HATEWATCH.Former Klansman, Once Defendant in SPLC Case, Identified as Murder Victim, By Ryan Lenz on November 20, 2013
The story itself is insignificant except for insight it provides into the mind of the $PLC’s fan base. To their minds, a police blotter account of a dead ignoramus in Louisville, leads directly into an attack on the Catholic Church, and Christianity. This is all on a site purportedly dedicated to attacking bigotry.
Judging the $PLC by the same criteria they apply to others, this is a clear case of providing a platform for religious bigotry of the vilest kind. While hammering everything traditional and Western it would seem that the $PLC is quite at home with a lot of hate speech among its own admirers and on its own site.
Here is the segment that caught my attention. Note also how these sophisticates murder the English language in their expression of right-think.
AronLump replying to womanwhorunswithchickens • 2 years agoIf I offer you salvation and cookies, will you give me all your money? ;Dwomanwhorunswithchickens replying to AronLump • 2 years agoThat's funny...but didn't the Catholic church get in trouble many millennium's ago by selling salvation. They might have gotten away with it if they included cookies.bruce b replying to womanwhorunswithchickens • 2 years agoThey do! They're called 'communion wafers.'Princess Erika the Radiant replying to womanwhorunswithchickens • 2 years agoif i remember correctly the selling of indulences as it was called was one of the primary motivating factors of the Protestant Reformation.Skip Patterson replying to Princess Erika the Radiant • a year agoThat would be correct.Skip Patterson replying to zelduh • a year agoHey, hustling G-d is big business.
Here’s some context for you:
- Catholics regard the Blessed Sacrament—the Communion Host, which these bigots mock—as extremely sacred.
- The SPLC is a critic of religious bigotry…against Muslims, by people like terror target Pam Geller (“revolting insults of Muslims” ) and Protestant Pastor Terry Jones (Burn a Koran Day’ Pastor Plans New Desecration of Islamic Holy Book,)
- The SPLC claims to ban commenters from creating content that “victimizes, degrades, defiles or disparages any person or group based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, medical condition, or veteran status or otherwise engage in what we deem to be racism, sexism, ageism, religious intolerance, bigotry, ethnic slurs, or homophobia.”
- This anti-Catholic stuff has been on their website, unmoderated, for two years.
What’s the difference between the commenters’ attitudes and that of Terry Jones or Pam Geller? Well, it can be summed up in the title of a VDARE.com article: “Christophobia”—The Prejudice That Barely Has A Name.