The SPLC has caved in to threats from a British activist who they characterized as an Anti-Muslim Extremist and who responded with sustained sabre-rattling and a threat of a libel suit. They even paid him $3.375 million in settlement.
I really must resist schadenfreude:
The SPLC has fallen from being a justifiably respected warrior against bigotry and brutality to an unreliable, sophomoric, flailing orthodoxy-cop that struggles to distinguish organized hate groups like the Klan from trolls, idiots, or social conservatives. I would like to see them be more responsible. But I am worried — and you should be too — about the abuse of defamation law.
Popehat Read the whole Popehat column for why you should be worried despite SPLC getting poetic justice served up cold.