A conservative Jewish attorney is not concerned about being
labeled a "hate person" by the Southern Poverty Law Center
David Yerushalmi, co-founder and senior counsel at the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) and founder
of the Society of Americans for National Existence
(SANE), is an Orthodox Jewish attorney who staunchly opposes sharia
law and Islamic supremacy.
Though The Jewish Press reports that he was
blasted earlier this month by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the
Center for American Progress and the Muslim Public Affairs Council
in a teleconference they called "The Real World Impact of Hate
Rhetoric in America," Yerushalmi is not concerned about being
labeled a "hate person."
"The Southern Poverty Law Center is today nothing more than a
hardcore leftist, progressive, ideologically-driven organization
that identifies everything conservative as a 'hate group' or 'hate
person,'" he observes.
But Yerushalmi asserts that he will not blame the SPLC's for the
recent shooting at the Family Research Council -- an
organization also labeled by the Law Center as a hate group.
"The [shooter] is obviously a left-winger, and he went after the
conservative group," he recognizes. "But [the SPLC] can't be
responsible for that, because they were simply articulating a bad
opinion, which is protected speech. Now, that's what they claim all
the time -- that anyone on the right who criticizes Islam is
responsible for all acts of violence, and there's not very
The Jewish attorney concludes that the best way to deal with the
Southern Poverty Law Center's rhetoric is to ignore it.