“Whether or not you are directly impacted by Coronavirus, there are people in our neighborhood who need our help. Let’s band together and show love to each other in any way possible during this tough time that our country, communities, and neighborhoods are going through!”
That’s what one of my neighbors posted a few days ago. I’d bet you’ve seen similar posts.
In the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s truly refreshing to see so many people come together.
Our country is full of people who hold different beliefs and viewpoints. There is plenty of disagreement—plenty to divide us if we dwell on those differences. This is always most apparent during an election year like this one.
But that’s the beauty of a pluralistic society like ours. There’s room to disagree. There’s room for different beliefs and opinions. And there’s also room for common ground.
It is crises like the coronavirus that allow us to see past these differences and come together—to focus on how we can serve our neighbors and protect the people most vulnerable to the effects of the virus.
But some—like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)—cannot see past their own political agenda.
The SPLC proved that when it published its annual “hate report” in the midst of the national crisis over the coronavirus. This report lumps peaceful Christian groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, which condemns violence and racism, in with truly violent and racist groups.
Why? All because the SPLC disagrees with ADF—which works to preserve fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience for people from all walks of life—on issues such as marriage.
In releasing this report in this time of crisis, the SPLC has made its priorities clear.
Not even a global pandemic can distract it from its mission to completely destroy those with whom it disagrees.
The sad part is that, many years ago, the SPLC did good work combatting truly despicable groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
But it has since lost its way, devolving into an unreliable, far-left propaganda machine bent on destroying anyone who disagrees with it. The SPLC has been discredited by investigative journalists, commentators, and philanthropy networking organizations as a direct mail scam that has seen its leaders amass enormous fortunes.
The SPLC had an opportunity to get back to its roots and focus on how it can benefit some of the most vulnerable among us.
But it couldn’t see past the disagreements to the bigger picture.
The SPLC needs to make this right. It should apologize, retract its report, and realign its focus to what truly matters: setting aside our differences and uniting against a common foe, the coronavirus.
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