SPLC at it again, this time through Amazon

Friday, September 11, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Star of DavidA group of Jewish rabbis is asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center – a controversial group that has erroneously labeled many pro-family and faith-based organizations as "hate groups."

Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, is part of a group of 100 Orthodox Jewish rabbis calling on Bezos to stop using the SPLC as a source to determine which groups should qualify for the AmazonSmile program.

Launched in 2013, the AmazonSmile program allows customers to select a charity to which Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of certain items.

Rabbi Menken appeared on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" Thursday and recounted the SPLC's evolution over the years.

Menken

"The SPLC, earlier in its history, was very much an organization devoted to doing the extremely good and necessary work of rooting out KKK groups and other hate groups – white supremacists, neo-Nazis, etcetera – and they've exploited the good will of the public, developed an incredibly large endowment, maintained a very large public profile while they've essentially gone off mission," said Menken.

"They've now decided that promoting a certain ideology is more important to them than fighting hate."

The rabbi went on to say that, because Amazon consults the Southern Poverty Law Center, Amazon stopped funding groups that ally with Coalition for Jewish Values, while allowing funding to go to organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine that Menken says "glorify terror against the Jewish community." And that, he adds, is "profoundly dangerous to us."

Coalition for Jewish Values also takes exception to the SPLC's partnership with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Perkins, host of the radio program, is president of Family Research Council. In August 2012, a gunman identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, shot a security guard during an attempt to get into FRC's headquarters in Washington, DC. Corkins admitted to targeting FRC because it was designated a "hate group" by the SPLC.

The SPLC has said the same thing about several other conservative and faith-based organizations – among them, American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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