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Leftist Group Pushing Internet Censorship with Google Admits Its Hate List Is Based on ‘Opinion'

On Thursday, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted that his organization's list of "hate groups" is a matter of opinion. The Left-wing SPLC has partnered with Internet companies like Googleof "ideological echo chamber" fame — to "fight hate," which makes this admission particularly important.

SPLC President Richard Cohen testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Thursday, and made this crucial admission responding to questions from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). Perry noted that the SPLC has marked many mainstream conservative Christian groups as "hate groups," including   D. James Kennedy Ministriesthe Family Research Council (FRC), and Liberty Counsel.

"You're used as a credible source for law enforcement and you're testifying in front of Congress when it appears obvious that it's only your opinion that you base your hate group citations on," Perry declared.

"Well, it is our opinion," Cohen admitted. "It's an opinion that I think has a tremendous amount of credibility."

Perry cut him off: "but no empirical evidence or data to back it up."

Cohen disagreed, but he later admitted not only that most SPLC staff donate exclusively to Left-wing politicians and causes, but that the organizations SPLC partners with are similarly skewed. This should be no surprise, as the group's former spokesman said they mark groups "hate groups" based on "strictly ideological" factors, and described their "aim in life" as being "to destroy these groups."

Since the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, the SPLC has received a serious boost. George Clooney, J.P. Morgan, and Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged their financial support, CNN, ABC, and NBC spread the SPLC's "hate group" label.

More concerning, however, was ProPublica's Lauren Kirchner, who sent an email to conservatives who run news websites, noting that the organization is "including your website in a list of cites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center." The email threatened to destroy vital advertising revenue that keeps these sites running.

Many companies have already used the "hate group" list to target conservatives.