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Media consults SPLC about SPLC-friendly Chapel Hill Shooter

Media consults SPLC about SPLC-friendly Chapel Hill Shooter

Media conveniently omits important detail.

A North Carolina man named Craig Hicks murdered three young Muslims last week over what appears to be a parking dispute.

Some liberals in the media have consulted the Southern Poverty Law Center on the subject—but have failed to point out that Mr. Hicks is an apparent fan of SPLC.

Jesse Walker of Reason reported. H/t to Instapundit.

The Killer, the Reporter, and the Southern Poverty Law Center

Craig Hicks, the man who murdered three Muslims in North Carolina this week, had a Facebook page. One of the groups he liked on it is the Southern Poverty Law Center.

An AlterNet article about Hicks—reprinted today in both Raw Story and Salon—includes several long quotes from Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Guess what subject never comes up?

No, I don’t think the SPLC deserves any blame for the crime. That would be ridiculous. But the SPLC itself has a long history of throwing around blame in precisely that ridiculous way, so it would have been nice to hear how Potok reacts when an event like this lands in his own backyard. Double standards deserve to be challenged, right?

By the way: While the AlterNet piece doesn’t mention Hicks’ apparent fondness for the SPLC, it does mention the fact that his Facebook likes lean liberal. But it dismisses this as unimportant, telling us the significant thing is that Hicks “appears to fit the psychological profile of violent extremists—regardless of their ideological stripes.”

Patrick Poole of PJ Media recently made this observation:

A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent theme of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, gay marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.

Remarkably, one of the four Facebook groups he had joined was “Religious Tolerance.”

In an ironic twist, Gillian Mohney of ABC News published a report yesterday which is specifically about the shooter’s social media likes, and while the article cites the Southern Poverty Law Center as an authority, it fails to mention the shooter’s fondness for the organization:

Chapel Hill Shooting: Social Media Provides a Glimpse of Alleged Killer

Little is known about the alleged shooter, but his social media activity may help to fill in some of the blanks.

Craig Stephen Hicks identified himself on Facebook as an atheist and ridiculed different religions, including Christianity and Islam. He also put up a post in which he appeared to identify as an ally of the LGBTQ community.

He also posted a picture last month appearing to show his loaded hand gun. Hicks had a concealed weapons permit, according to the Associated Press…

While both a local and federal investigation is ongoing, it might be difficult for authorities to prove the killings were a hate crime, experts say.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, explains that a hate crime is defined as a pre-existing crime that “has been motivated in whole or in part by a hatred of a particular group.”

Potok notes that not all states cover the same groups, for example some states will not prosecute a hate crime based on sexual orientation, but under a 2009 law, the federal government can also investigate or prosecute a hate crime

Potok said it is generally dfficult [sic] to prove a hate crime, because motive and state of mind can often be murky things to get a handle on. Potok said, for example, if someone gets into a fistfight because he or she is angry over somethiing [sic] and then uses a racial slur, it may not mean they committed a hate crime.

The fact that such a seemingly important detail could be left out of these reports can only be explained in one of two ways; ignorance or bias.

Most reporters have also failed to point out that this is the second shooter in recent years who is a fan of the SPLC, the first being Floyd Lee Corkins, who cited a “hate map” from the SPLC website as his inspiration for opening fire in the offices of the Family Research Council.

Featured image is a screen cap from WRAL News.

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Ah the SPLC, the presenters of the “increase in Black Churches being burnt in 1995” (a lie) which was part of the Clinton 1996 campaign.

Bill Nye, the not a science guy children’s entertainer.
And Neil deGrasse Tyson, an apparent minority hire, considering all the simple science he gets wrong.

Their sites are more hate sites than any Christian sites I’ve seen. They mock any believing in a “higher power”, and attract fans like this killer, that need their ego fed. Fans are made to FEEL they know science by pointing out simple things some “commoners” misunderstand, not by delving into real science.

This is also the Al Gore approach with his anti-scientific “Inconvenient Truth”. The whole of the leftist cult feeds on Orwellian hate and Newspeak, founded on their 2+2=5 premises. The “gotcha question” on evolution for Walker is the latest example, with their intent only to get a non-PC answer to a question they don’t understand themselves.

SPLC is just the racist/bigot format in that same school of tribal hate.

The AP reported that he had a concealed weapons permit. That means that he passed a background check. Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords), James Homes (Aurora), and Aaron Alexis (Washington Navy Yard) also all passed background checks. Adam Lanza didn’t, but his mother did. Yet so many gun-grabbers insist with a straight face that we need more background checks, and that extensive background checks are the key to reducing gun violence.

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