A pair of letters went out from conservative leaders Wednesday to American media and tech companies asking them to boycott, divest, and sanction themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Media Research Center has been tracking social media giants' bias against conservatives and noticed companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon refer to the SPLC for help determining who are the good guys and who are the bigots.
"These are the companies that have helped credential the SPLC in ways it never should have been credentialed," argues MRC Tech Watch's Dan Gainor. "It shouldn't be the arbiter of who is hateful and who is not. It's just not qualified for it."
The letter, signed by more than 30 conservative leaders and sent separately to all four companies, warns: "… it is now clear that the SPLC has proven to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology."
The letter calls for the tech giants to cut ties with the SPLC.
A similar letter was sent yesterday to media organizations around the county from Family Research Council. Sarah Perry, FRC's director of partnerships, says her organization found a very personal reason to fear the SPLC after a gunman opened fire on the Washington, DC-based group in 2012.
"He used the hate map found on the SPLC's website to pick us out – and we were not the only name on his list," she recalls. "He walked into our lobby [and] he shot our unarmed building manager, Leo Johnson."
FRC's open letter also notes the internal SPLC scandal that has led to the firing or forced resignation of thee of its top executives. "The SPLC has held themselves up to be a moral paragon when indeed the interior of this organization, based on recent news reports, has been an absolute cesspool of racial and sexual discrimination," Perry states.
The SPLC has more than MRC and FRC to worry about. OneNewsNow reported on Wednesday that GOP Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Alabama-based SPLC to determine whether it should remain a tax-exempt organization. Cotton argues taxpayer money should not be used to fund a group he says has "systemic racial and sexist discrimination problems."
Image above: SPLC Headquarters, Montgomery, Alabama.