Fatima Center News Release
FBI Boots Southern Poverty Law Center
From Its Web Site
March 28, 2014
Although it was done without official comment and almost entirely ignored by the media, the FBI’s removal of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a resource on hate crimes from its web site demonstrates that truth and sanity may sometimes prevail, even in Washington, D.C. It may be a relatively small thing in the larger picture, but we should welcome any evidence of sanity and moral responsibility issuing from the Obama Administration.
That the SPLC was ever dignified by inclusion on the FBI web site reveals the mindset of Attorney General Eric Holder and his subservience to the anti-Christian agenda of the far left. Its removal from the site may have been prompted by a desire to avoid a public battle with a coalition of pro-family Christian groups who had written to Holder to object to the SPLC being listed as a reliable source of information on hate crimes.
The coalition taking issue with the SPLC’s listing was spearheaded by the Family Research Council, whose Washington, D.C. headquarters was targeted by a gunman who got the organization’s name and address from a “hate map” posted by the SPLC. A security guard was wounded in the attack and the man who shot him pleaded guilty in federal court.
Father Nicholas Gruner and The Fatima Center have also been included in the SPLC catalogue of haters and hate groups. John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, attorney and author Christopher A. Ferrara, Remnant editor Michael Matt, several other traditional Catholics and the entire Society of St. Pius X have been designated by the SPLC as promoters of hatred. Hatred of what? The liberal agenda, as defined by the SPLC.
It was after a news release attacking The Fatima Center that two contracted speakers withdrew from the “Fatima: The Path to Peace!” conference held in Niagara Falls in September 2013. A spate of media attacks followed, culminating in an exchange on MSNBC TV between a news commentator and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, keynote speaker at the “Fatima: The Path to Peace!” conference. Ron Paul defended The Fatima Center and accused the MSNBC commentator of “Catholic bashing”.
It may be that the SPLC is losing its credibility, but it is still an enormously wealthy organization capable of doing great harm. The Fatima Center and other Catholic individuals and groups are standing fast in this David and Goliath battle. It is good to remember that against all apparent odds, Goliath fell. The truth, beaten down and oppressed on all sides, will always triumph in the end.