Apple to Give Over $2M to Terror-Linked Group That Compares Christians to the KKK

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in a dark room

On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that his organization would give $2 million to two "anti-hate" groups, one of which routinely brands Christians and conservatives as "hate groups" on par with the Ku Klux Klan. This hate-mongering organization inspired a terrorist attack in Washington, D.C., in 2012, attacked Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) multiple times, and was "liked" by Scalise's shooter, James Hodgkinson.

Even so, Apple is teaming up with this organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in the name of fighting "hate."

"What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path," Cook said in a memo to employees that he shared with USA Today. "Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world."

To combat hate, Cook announced that Apple would donate $2 million to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple is also encouraging employees to contribute as well and offering to match their payments by two to one through September 30. As if that weren't enough, the company is also setting up a system in iTunes software to let consumers directly donate to the SPLC.

Laughably, USA Today reported, "The Montgomery, Alabama based SPLC is one of the leading groups that track the rise of hate groups. Cook is an Alabama native."

Yes, SPLC tracks the rise of hate groups. They also track the rise of Christian organizations they brand "hate groups." One instance of their "tracking" a "hate group," namely the Family Research Council (FRC), inspired a terrorist attack in 2012.

That summer, Floyd Lee Corkins III broke into the FRC armed with a semi-automatic pistol and Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches, aiming to kill every person in the building. In February 2013, Corkins pled guilty to committing an act of terrorism and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. During an FBI interrogation, the shooter said he targeted FRC because it was listed as an "anti-gay group" on the SPLC website.

So this "anti-hate group" inspired an act of terrorism. But it gets better. The SPLC repeatedly tarred Steve Scalise over a 2002 speech he gave to a group related to the KKK. While the speech is a black mark on his record, Scalise apologized for it in 2014 and the former KKK leader David Duke even attacked him as a "sellout" who "meets with radical blacks."

Even so, the SPLC attacked Scalise in July of last year, mentioning his speech at the EURO meeting but failing to mention Scalise's apology or the fact that Duke now considers him a traitor to the racist white-nationalist movement.