SPLC: The Self-Appointed, National Thought-Crime Hall Monitor

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From the New York Times:

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Bush has written a warm letter in support of a conservative group that bills itself as promoting the “natural family” based on heterosexual marriage but that is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, the World Congress of Families, based in Rockford, Ill., is holding a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, where it had planned to honor Mr. asics gel nimbus 15 femme Bush. Asics 2017 Goedkoop new balance 993 denmark But he declined to attend, a spokesman said. nike air max pas cher Nike Air Max 2017 Heren zwart In a letter dated May 2016, the former president says: “I commend your efforts to recognize the importance of families in building nations. Your work improves many lives and makes the world better.”

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, added the World Congress of Families to its list in 2014, calling it “one of the key driving forces behind the U.S.

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    We here at Salvo support The World Congress of Families and the work of The Howard Center, one of the groups responsible for putting it together (and also a Salvo partner organization). New Balance 373 m?skie The Southern Poverty Law Center has been targeted in Salvo‘s “Surveillance” column. asics scarpe tennis bambino I encourage you to read up on the SPLC, I’ve posted an excerpt from the Salvo article below. adidas yeezy boost 350 v2 m?skie Nike Air Max 95 m?skie Frankly, I’d be proud to be on their naughty list.

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  • Organizations that uphold pro-life, pro-family, and pro-marriage (of the man-woman variety) morals are (ta-da!) “hate groups” and earn a spot on the SPLC’s “Hate Map.” (Yes, Salvo would qualify.) Like a self-appointed, national thought-crime hall monitor, the SPLC presents regular “intelligence files” and an annual “Year in Hate” report to municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. New Balance 247 m?skie Never mind that traditional morality does not constitute “hate,” and that “heightened awareness” by itself has never helped the actual victims of anything, “hate-mapping,” too, is apparently quite profitable. According to tax records, at the end of 2010 the SPLC was sitting on “private investment funds” exceeding $200 million, with Dees and top SPLC execs—including co-founder Levin—collecting annual salaries well into six figures. Adidas ZX Flux Heren They have stamped out poverty quite splendidly—for themselves. There’s big money in hate.

    Further reading from Salvo: • Family Matters An Interview with Allan Carlson, President of the Howard Center by Bernard Chapin • World War Sex A Global Revolution Imperils Men, Women & Children: An Interview with Gabriele Kuby by Benjamin J. Chaussures adidas Vail And up at the Touchstone blog: The Dangerous Foolishness of Modern Man by Michael Avramovich

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    Douglass, the Play

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    I also recommend this article on Frederick Douglass from the Salvo archives: Sabbath School On the Emancipation of Frederick Douglass by Means of Liberal Education by Thomas Jodziewicz

    True wisdom has suggested that the only way to find one’s real self is, paradoxically, to get out of oneself, “to be beside oneself,” as philosopher Josef Pieper phrased it.

    Our popular culture promotes the injurious fiction that the world is all about me, myself, and my ephemeral needs, a temptation that American culture has confronted for a long time. Fjallraven Kanken No.2 But a true liberal arts education can provide an escape from such alienation and loneliness—and boredom. New Balance 990 femme A true liberal education is a way to discover that you are not alone.

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