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SPLC Labels Catholic Organizations as Hate Groups

Last week, we were reminded once again of the troubling trajectory of organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which continues to categorize “radical traditional Catholic” groups among its list of “hate groups.” The annual release of their “hate group” list not only equates devout Catholic groups with genuine hate organizations but does so under the guise of fighting discrimination. Yet, by the SPLC’s own convoluted standards, their latest report distorts the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, painting adherence to traditional values as inherently hateful.

The SPLC’s actions represent more than just mislabeling; they are part of a broader cultural and ideological battle against traditional Christian values. This year, although they slightly adjusted their list, removing Catholic Apologetics International following reports of its dissolution, their ongoing targeting of traditional Catholic groups reveals a deep-seated bias. They cling to a narrative that any strong adherence to traditional Catholic teachings, especially those concerning gender and sexuality, is rooted in extremism. This is not just misleading; it is a dangerous precedent that affects not only the groups listed but also the broader perception of traditional Catholicism in America.

By insisting that certain expressions of Catholic faith are equivalent to hate, the SPLC contributes to a polarized environment where meaningful dialogue and religious expression are compromised. The SPLC’s methodology and bias could potentially stigmatize any Catholic organization that dares to uphold the teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a hate group. This approach is not only an affront to religious freedom but also an alarming indication of how groups like the SPLC are wielding their influence to reshape societal views on religion and morality. Their tactics foster division and hinder the Church’s mission to preach and live out the Gospel in public life.

As we witness this ongoing assault on traditional values, it becomes increasingly clear that we are engaged in a significant spiritual and cultural conflict. Organizations like the SPLC serve agendas that undermine the very foundations of Christian faith in public life. We must remain vigilant and articulate in defending our faith and freedoms. We must ensure that our commitment to truth and our dedication to traditional Christian teachings are not eroded by those who seek to redefine morality and faith in America.

It is imperative that we stand firm, not only in our churches but in the public square, advocating for a true understanding of tolerance and inclusion that respects religious diversity without compromising on the truths we hold dear.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012 and 2016. He currently serves as RNC Vice Chair serving on the Executive Committee as well as the Rules Committee. Jay and his wife are owners of Junction Consulting LLC; a marketing and advertising firm specializing in creating, producing and delivering corporate and political media and messaging. He is also a partner in a Behavioral Science Research Firm.