Crying ‘Wolf’ With the SPLC

By Jennifer Roback Morse Published on August 23, 2017

I categorically condemn the Alt-Right, white supremacy, racism, Nazism and all violent totalitarian political movements. But I am a bit confused. I thought I was supposed to be a member of the Alt-Right, or a racist, or a Nazi, since I voted for Donald Trump. I guess I am even supposed to be in sympathy with the Alt-Right marchers in Charlottesville.

Dealing With the “Hate” Label

People like me who have had the “hate” label pinned on them face a dilemma: we can defend ourselves and say, “I don’t hate anyone. I just don’t agree with you.” In my experience, this strategy goes nowhere. The more we attempt to defend ourselves, the more we appear, well, defensive. Hence, not believable.

Our other choice is to say, “The heck with it. I know I’m not a hater, bigot or racist. I officially no longer care what anyone thinks of me.” This second course has a certain nobility to it. But it presents dangers of its own. People can easily become jaded and cynical about the whole concept of “hate” and “bigotry.”

Guilt by association is irrational, but powerful. The fear of being labelled a racist provides a potent disincentive for people to voice their views.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should reveal that this has been my preferred strategy. You see, the organization I lead, the Ruth Institute, is listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map.” I don’t know how one gets on the SPLC’s “Hate Map.” And I certainly do not know how one gets off it.

Is It “Anti-LGBT” to Say Children Need Their Own Parents?

I suppose I am an “anti-LGBT” hater, because I believe children need their own parents. So here is my question: If believing children need their own parents lands the Ruth Institute a spot on the “hate map,” what words adequately describe white supremacists or neo-Nazis?

I am clear on one point: Sexual revolutionaries gain a strategic advantage by labeling people like me. Guilt by association is irrational, but powerful. The fear of being labeled a racist provides a potent disincentive for people to voice the view that children need their own parents. Silencing people relieves the Identity Politicians and Sexual Revolutionaries from the effort of having to defend their ideas.

This is convenient for said Identity Politicians and Sexual Revolutionaries, because their ideas are indefensible. Children actually do need their own parents. Sexual orientation is not the equivalent of race. Two mothers do not equal two fathers do not equal a mother and a father, and certainly not one’s own mother and father.

One typical Revolutionary response at this point is, “Why are you singling out gay people? What about divorce?” Please be aware that the Ruth Institute spends a LOT of time talking about divorce and other forms of family breakdown. Don’t change the subject. Society’s injustice to children through divorce is proof-positive that depriving children of a parent through genderless marriage will also be unjust.

This “Hate” Labelling is a Dangerous Game

But what does any of this have to do with being a Nazi? Or a racist? Or advocating violence? Nothing.

We no longer have an adequate public vocabulary to describe actual haters, bigots and racists.

Our “opinion-makers” in the media, academia and assorted left-wing think tanks are playing a dangerous game. They have told us that the views of many ordinary decent Americans are the equivalent of racism. Some of those same ordinary decent Americans are fed up. They know they are not racists, haters or bigots. But we no longer have an adequate public vocabulary to describe actual haters, bigots and racists.

As I said, I categorically condemn the Alt-Right, white supremacy, racism, Nazism and all violent totalitarian political movements. You may search the Ruth Institute’s website all day long, and never find a racist word. Instead, what you will find are reasons and evidence to support sentiments that align with the vast majority of Americans, black and white, male and female. Children need their own parents. Men and women are different. Sex makes babies and therefore society has every right to expect people to control their sexual impulses.

The advocates of the Sexual Revolution cannot defend their ideas. That is why people with my views end up on their “Hate Map.”

 

On Wednesday, August 23, the Ruth Institute released a statement being included on SPLC’s “Hate Map.” You can read that statement here. The Ruth Institute has also created a special page called “Where’s the Hate?” which lists items that some have deemed “hateful.” They invite the public to review these items and determine for themselves who is actually “hateful.” 

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization, dedicated to creating a mass social movement to end family breakdown. Visit at www.ruthinstitute.org or on Facebook. To hear more from Dr. Morse, sign up for her e-newsletter here and receive a free gift.

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  • James Pierce

    To answer your questions, one gets on the hate map by having an opinion that differs from that of the SPLC. If there is a way to get off, I haven’t heard of it.

    • MSApis

      Yes, if they don’t like you, you get on the hate map.They should be sued.

  • Marilyn Evanoff

    “Silencing people relieves the Identity Politicians and Sexual Revolutionaries from the effort of having to defend their ideas.”. So true. We all need a thick skin and and a brave voice.

  • Jenn, you’re dealing with people that tried to call a solar eclipse racist. ‘Nuff said? I think so.

  • tz1

    You condemn the “alt-right”, but you never define it. I have trouble defining it. Milo? Gavin McInnes? Vox Day? Men of the West?
    You deserve what you got because you AGREE WITH THE SPLC – that it is ok to randomly lablel things as hate – when it doesn’t have anything to do with calls for violence.
    Freedom of association? Are you in a segre-gated community? Or do you live in the inner city among a diverse group of people? The left is an echo chamber, but it is as much anti-diversity if there are no blue collar people or welfare recipients among your neighbors.

    I defend the freedom of speech and expression – liberty. I don’t even bother about racism v.s. diversity as both are now on the side of tyranny. It means I have to defend speech I detest or disagree with.

    For example, why isn’t pornography considered hate speech? It by definition turns women into sex objects. Where is the SPLC? That wasn’t a rhetorical question. The virtue signalling internet companies allow it, and “discussions” of pedophelia and terrorism – violence. That is “hate” but it doesn’t count?

    Diversity is mirror bigotry – it excuses criminal and evil behavior of “victim groups”. Mexico’s age of consent is 12. Is it bigotry to not desire that “diversity”? Remember the it is really-not-rape of the 14 year old in Maryland by two illegal immigrants who dragged her into a bathroom where there was blood and other physical evidence. (Compare Rolling Stone’s Jackie or Mattress Girl).

    I am on the side of liberty and free expression because I’m on the side of truth, which is found by reason and evidence. Not pointing and screeching “racism!”, “bigot!”. That is not an argument. Yet you are doing that yourself by doing exactly what the SPLC is doing – not listening and rationally refuting those whose beliefs you find wrong, even repulsive, but pointing and shrieking that you are not a witch, but instead they should burn the real witches over there.

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