BLOGThe Horror! SPLC Discovers “Hate Groups” Talking about Christmas during Christmastime

By Joseph Infranco Posted on: | January 05, 2018

You can’t fool all the people all the time, goes the old saying. And the self-evident proposition is mostly true for the same reason Rorschach inkblot tests work: Thoughts bouncing around the brain eventually come out.

In that vein, the increasingly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) finds new ways to describe the horrors it sees lurking in the inkblots – oblivious that its rants reveal more about the organization than its intended targets.

Its latest revelation of hate comes in the form of – brace yourself – following hashtags about Christmas. “Hate groups,” you see, were increasingly talking these last few weeks through insidious code words like: #MerryChristmas and #ChristmasEve.

For those who have been on an extended nap, SPLC is a hard left organization on a mission to take down conservatives and traditional Christian morality by associating biblical views on sexuality with violent white supremacist groups. (Dr. Ben Carson made their infamous “Hate Map” for a spell, but SPLC – in a rare moment of either genuine remorse or strategically cutting its losses – removed his name after an outcry.)

Multiple commentaries have exposed SPLC’s ludicrous claim to objectivity as a resource for identifying “hate groups,” as well as its substantial money-raking machinery (for relatively little legal product) and multiple millions stored in offshore accounts.

The latest excitement comes from SPLC’s “Hate Tracker,” which purports to follow popular hashtags among the “haters.” The inane title is simply another way to keep the word “hate” rolling through the echo chamber with anyone it intends to target. Any subject discussed by haters (by SPLC’s definition, of course) is now suspect because “haters gonna hate.” A hashtag like “Hi Mom” on Mother’s Day? Evil, of course, because it comes from “haters.”

When Christmas-themed hashtags began to appear in the top twelve tracked messages, SPLC diligently reported which way the hate winds were blowing. After multiple organizations called out SPLC over the sheer silliness of their dark Christmas innuendoes, SPLC felt the need to clarify its position. They were not (as some accused) “anti-Christmas.” No, no, no – this is just what the dark forces are bantering about.

Even crediting this weak effort at self-justification, the whole episode reveals much about the incredibly tone-deaf and weird world of SPLC. Remarkably, no one at SPLC had the ability (or desire) to see how their “hate tracker” was casting innuendos on Christmas or to reach the obvious conclusion that hashtags like #ChristmasEve might refer to, well, plans for Christmas Eve.

Its explanation, if possible, makes SPLC’s ranting seem even more absurd. The ridicule in response to their Christmas tracking is well deserved. SPLC has gazed into the inkblot and shown us a bit more about how they see the world.

This year, get updates from Alliance Defending Freedom on the latest cases and issues regarding religious freedom.
Get the ADF Newsletter

Joseph Infranco

Senior Counsel, Vice President of the Alliance Coordination Team

Joseph Infranco serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Alliance Coordination Team with Alliance Defending Freedom.

More from ADF View All

From Attorney to Pastor and Back Again: How God Prepared Me for the Ministry of Legal Advocacy

Religious Freedom

From Attorney to Pastor and Back Again: How God Prepared Me for the Ministry of Legal Advocacy

Little did I know then that God would use my time in pastoral ministry to pre...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/25/2018 15:15:41 Read More

Fresno State Sure Knows How to Pick ‘Em

Religious Freedom

Fresno State Sure Knows How to Pick ‘Em

Believe it or not, Randa Jarrar, who tweeted that she was "happy" Barbara Bus...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/20/2018 18:01:36 Read More

The Actual Fake Clinics

Sanctity of Life

The Actual Fake Clinics

The pro-abortion movement has been busy casting pregnancy centers—of all thin...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/24/2018 14:45:01 Read More

75% of Our Ministry Friends Are Concerned about This – Are You?


75% of Our Ministry Friends Are Concerned about This – Are You?

Recently, at ADF, we sent out a survey to our Ministry Friends. As it turns o...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/26/2018 22:00:00 Read More