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LETTER: A look into Southern Poverty Law Center

To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor in the Echo Press, I saw someone refer to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a source of "complete accurate information." Since the editorial staff of this newspaper also made a statement supporting the SPLC a short while back, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at this organization.

From their website, "The SPLC was founded in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all." Certainly a noble goal. Other sources describe how the SPLC came to prominence when they sued and won a major case against the United Klans of America (KKK) including a substantial financial award that pushed the KKK into bankruptcy.

Since that time, the SPLC has created "Hatewatch." From their website, "Hatewatch is a blog that monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right." They also have a "Hate Map."

So who are some of the organizations on their "hate" list? Their website lists the following: American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, D. James Kennedy Ministries, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and Liberty Council, just to name a few. The common thread among these groups are they hold conservative Biblical beliefs.

So just be careful who you use for your source of "complete accurate information."

Dori S. Ann

Starbuck, MN

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