Conservative Leaders Call on News Media, Social Media Giants to Stop Citing the Southern Poverty Law Center

SPLC Hate Map A coalition of 48 conservative leaders and organizations have released an open letter to government agencies, news organizations, corporations, and social media platforms, pressing them to “dissociate themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations.”

The letter was released just two days after SPLC announced that the organization had settled a defamation lawsuit for nearly $3.4 million and formally apologized in writing and via video for having falsely listed Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation as “anti-Muslim extremists” in one of the SPLC’s most notorious products, The Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists

“We, the undersigned, are among the organizations, groups and individuals that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has maligned, defamed and otherwise harmed by falsely describing as ‘haters,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘Islamophobes’ and/or other groundless epithets,” stated the June 20 letter, which was signed by organizations including NRB members Family Research Council, American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, and D. James Kennedy Ministries.

“We are gratified that the SPLC has today formally acknowledged that it has engaged in such misrepresentations,” it added.

Late last year, several Christian and conservative groups, including NRB, came together in an effort to expose the truth to the world about SPLC, which, they said, “has devolved from an organization that once fought against real hate groups, such as the KKK, and has become a hate group itself.”

Spearheaded by the Pacific Justice Institute, the #exposeSPLC campaign sought to get as many people as possible to sign a petition urging the media, companies, and advertisers to stop supporting the SPLC.

Similarly, in the letter released this week, conservative leaders called on “government agencies, journalists, corporations, social media providers and web platforms (i.e., Google, Twitter, YouTube and Amazon) that have relied upon this discredited organization to dissociate themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations.”

“[A]nyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC’s harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms,” they stated.

To read the full letter, click here.

To see the letter, petition, and video for the #exposeSPLC campaign, visit The video features NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson.

In response to three recent Supreme Court decisions argued by Alliance Defending Freedom, Johnson noted in a June 26 press release ADF’s victories and underscored the unfair labeling of ADF as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“It’s worth noting that ADF’s excellence before the Supreme Court again completely discredits the decision of Amazon and other tech titans to accept the inflammatory decrees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which defames ADF as a ‘hate’ group,” he said.

By NRB Staff

Published: June 27, 2018


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