Beware of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

The topic of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the misinformation that they put out has been on my mind for quite a while. They like to throw around the term “Hate Group” because they know that will get people’s attention in a hurry.

I will admit that many of the 917 entries that SPLC lists really are hate groups and I, as much as anyone else, believe that “real” hate groups need to be exposed for what they are. However, the SPLC goes to the next level and lists legitimate groups that they just disagree with as hate or extremist groups as well.

If you are a Conservative Christian, and you believe that what the Bible says is true and accurate, then you probably would be right along side of groups like  Alliance Defending Freedom, friend of the podcast David Barton of Wallbuilders, and Family Research Council and be considered hate-filled or extremest. Not to give them exposure, but I put links on those groups to show you that SPLC lists them and what they have to say about them.

Many people (mostly uninformed or intentionally close-minded) use the SPLC to reference hate and extremist groups and individuals. My suggestion is that you use another source or do the research yourself, because to me – the Southern Poverty Law Center is an EXTREMIST GROUP itself.

Below is a video from Prager U on this topic, followed by a partial article from PhilanthropyRoundtable.

 

Some People Love to Call Names

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s extremist list isn’t a Consumer Reports guide. It’s a political tool.

At the end of 2016, the Chronicle of ­Philanthropy published an article headlined “Dozens of ‘Hate Groups’ Have Charity Status, Chronicle Study Finds.” The “study” took at face value a list of 900 entities pinned with the “hate” label by a notoriously partisan attack group—the Southern ­Poverty Law Center. Over the years, numerous investigators have pointed out that most of the scary KKK and Nazi and militia groups that the SPLC insists are lurking under our beds are actually ghost entities, with no employees, no address, hardly any followers, and little or no footprint. But “hate groups” and “extremist organizations” are great copy, especially for fundraising (more on that below). So the SPLC list of stormtroopers-in-our-midst is catnip for journalists looking for dramatic stories.

When the Chronicle’s reporter found that 63 of the groups tarred as dangerous by the SPLC are actually IRS-approved charities, did this spark concerns about the accuracy and fairness of the “haters” list? No, just the opposite. The Chroniclewondered if the IRS “is essentially granting government subsidies to groups holding views that millions of Americans may find abhorrent.”

One month later came another example of journalism built on the tendentious SPLC definitions of who, in ­America’s roiling democratic give and take, is evil. The Los Angeles Times wrote in a January 2017 story that a donor who owns “the world’s second largest presenter of live music, sports, and entertainment…has donated to a number of anti-LGBTQ groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, National Christian Foundation, and Family Research Council. A number of these organizations have been listed as ‘extremist groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Finish reading this very informative article by clicking here.

2018 Dove Awards Results

Since 1970 the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more!

We would like to give a shout out to friends of the podcast Hillsong United and Jaci Velasquez who brought home awards.

Here is Hillsong with their award winning Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year “What A Beautiful Name”.

A winner’s list is below the video.

Big News From The Ark Encounter

Amy and I visited the Ark Encounter on opening day last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. With this announcement, it sure looks like we will be making another trip to Williamstown, KY.

Ed Boston

Ark Encounter Announces Special Free Events

Includes Massive Video Projection on Side of Ark

In response to requests from visitors, the grounds of the Ark Encounter will be open to the public for shopping and dining at no charge (except for the cost of parking), from November 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018. Guests will be able to observe up close the outside of the impressive 510-foot-long Ark, shop inside its large gift store offering extensive fair-trade items and at other artisan stores, and grab a meal at Emzara’s buffet restaurant just a few steps from the Ark. The various stores at the Ark Encounter feature one of the largest inventories of fair-trade items in the US.

Also at no cost during that time frame, guests can stroll through the ever-expanding Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo area to view their exotic collection. Located behind the Ark, the zoo showcases zebras, red kangaroos, Tibetan yaks, llamas, alpacas, camels, ostriches, emus, and more. The Ark Encounter, owned and operated by Answers in Genesis, is located in Williamstown, Kentucky (south of Cincinnati), at exit 154 off I-75.

To read the full article and to get more specifics, GO HERE. 

ark-with-projection

Meanwhile, the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., 45 minutes away, is gearing up for its own special Christmas activities. The annual Christmas Town program will run December 15 – 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The museum grounds will be decked with beautiful light displays (tens of thousands of lights total) to decorate the scenic Creation Museum gardens, and returning features include a live nativity, an outdoor drama highlighting the story of the Magi, other biblical characters throughout the gardens, and an expanded marketplace. ChristmasTown attracts up to 7,000 people an evening from several states throughout the region.

christmas-lights-at-creation-museum

NFL News That Is Press Worthy

From a person who is boycotting the NFL, I saw this article and knew I had to share, since there isn’t much good news on this topic going around.

LOOK: Eagles WR gets baptized at the team’s hotel pool before Panthers game

One of the driving forces of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles, or at least the unity behind the team’s 4-1 start in 2017, has been faith.

Whether through quarterback Carson Wentz’s infectious vow to play for an “Audience of One” or a collection of Eagles sharing their Christian testimonies by way of their own Bible app devotionals, the team has showcased its band of believing brothers as much as it has a trust in Wentz as the face of the franchise.

And that band of brothers appeared to expand on Thursday, when wide receiver Marcus Johnson shared via Twitter a picture of himself getting baptized in the pool at the team’s Charlotte, North Carolina hotel, surrounded by Eagles teammates.

To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE.