Mainstream Conservatives Are On CNN’s “Hate Group” List

Written by Jordan Schachtel

CNN has published a list of “hate groups” currently operating in the United States, relying on an extremely partisan analysis from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Several truly extremist groups populate the list, such as the Ku Klux Klan, New Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, and others.

But along with the neo-Nazi and Islamic extremist groups on the list, the SPLC has lumped in as “hate groups” mainstream, well-known conservative individuals and organizations who merely speak out about the threat of radical Islam. Here are some that were included on the list.


David Horowitz Freedom Center

The influential California-based conservative organization describes its mission as “dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.” The group focuses on combatting the far Left and Islamist allies. The SPLC labels the center, which is supported by thousands of conservatives, as “anti-immigrant” and “anti-Muslim.”

ACT for America

Nationwide conservative organization that claims to have 750,000 members. ACT was founded by Lebanon-born Brigitte Gabriel, who uses the organization to warn about the threat posed by Islamic extremism. The SPLC has declared it Anti-Muslim

Jihad Watch

A blog by Robert Spencer under the umbrella of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The SPLC considers him “anti-Muslim.”

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) & Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

These D.C. think tanks favor less immigration. The SPLC labels the groups “nativist” and “fear-mongering.”

Center for Security Policy

Washington, D.C., defense think tank that advocates for Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy. The SPLC lists it as an anti-Muslim hate group.

Clarion Project

A non-profit that highlights the threats to the world posed by Islamic radical groups. Listed as “Anti-Muslim” by the SPLC.

Family Research Council

A non-profit conservative Christian group that focuses on lobbying for socially conservative policies. The SPLC has determined it to be an “anti-gay hate group.”

Family Security Matters

Conservative blog with a stated mission to “inform all Americans, men and women, about the issues surrounding national security.” The SPLC says it is anti-Muslim.

The United West

Florida-based conservative group that focuses on national security, pro-Israel advocacy, and highlighting the persecution of Christians. The SPLC declares it anti-Muslim.

Bosch Fawstin

Artist and anti-jihad activist who was attacked by ISIS sympathizers for drawing Islam’s Muhammad. He’s on the SPLC’s anti-Muslim list.

Daniel Greenfield

The Front Page Magazine national security writer is listed as an anti-Muslim hater.


Since its founding, the SPLC has displayed an overt left-wing bias in attempts to smear conservatives as hateful bigots. The organization often turns a blind eye to leftist extremist groups, such as Antifa and Occupy Wall Street, while continuing attempts to tarnish the reputation of mainstream conservative groups that are supported by millions of Americans. By using the SPLC’s extremely biased list, CNN continues to showcase its partisan bias in favor of left-wing elements.

Editor’s Note: The Illinois Family Institute (IFI) is included on the SPLC so-called “hate” groups list for no reason other than our biblical view of marriage as a sexually differentiated union and our biblical views of sexual morality—views that are shared by the Roman Catholic Church, many Evangelical and Protestant denominations, many non-denominational churches, Orthodox Judaism, 2,000 years of church history, and the Bible.

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