Joseph Farah goes into freak-out mode in his June 15 WorldNetDaily column, defending Texas Gov. Rick Perry's plans for "a day of prayer and fasting for our nation to seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation" by relying on thin-skinned ad hominem attacks.
Farah was appalled that a Houston Chronicle editorial would criticize Perry's prayer event, accusing the paper of trading in "guilt by association and outright lies":
For instance, the Houston Chronicle challenges the sponsor of the event, the American Family Association, by saying, "There could hardly be a more divisive, unforgiving group. …" On what basis does it form this assumption? "According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which names AFA a hate group, it's intolerant of gays and other religions and its leaders make outrageous claims, including that 'homosexuals are the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities' and that homosexuality will usher in a 'grotesque culture' that will include 'quick encounters in the middle school boys' restroom.'"
That's the Houston Chronicle's authority on the AFA – the Southern Poverty Law Center. Do you know who else this group, long-ago discredited as nothing more than a fear-mongering fund-raising machine, lists as haters and hate groups? Here's a partial list: me, WND, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, the tea-party movement, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gun Owners of America, the Family Research Council, Judge Andrew Napolitano, James Dobson, Rep. Paul Broun and Rep. Ron Paul.
In other words, if you are an effective, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-Constitution American, you are probably on one of the SPLC's "hate" lists. And that's why AFA is there.
That the Houston Chronicle and other esteemed press outlets would use the SPLC as a source to mischaracterize the American Family Association is an indictment of who is writing and editing news stories and editorials for the major media – that's all.
Who is the SPLC? I think Reason writer Jesse Walker may have said it best when he wrote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center … would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds."
Founder Morris Dees' stock-in-trade is raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution. He also files lots of lawsuits, sometimes even on behalf of real victims of racism, and pockets most of the money raised through heart-wrenching direct-mail pitches.
The most famous example was a judgment he won for a black woman whose son was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. While Dees and company raised $9 million sending out solicitation letters featuring a gruesome picture of the victim, the mom received a total of $51,875 in the settlement. Dees pays himself more than $280,000 a year from the "charity."
Do you get the picture?
Nnotice that at no point does Farah actually disprove anything the SPLC or the Chronicle said about the AFA -- he simply bashed the SPLC.
Farah and WND have tangled with the SPLC before, falsely claiming that the SPLC accused WND of engaging in "violent rhetoric" and falsely denying the SPLC's claim that WND engages in "conspiracy journalism."
So, yes, Mr. Farah, we get the picture: You can't respond with facts, so you spew hate.