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"Haters" and "Hate Groups" - the Accusations Fly Fast and Furious

Updated on June 23, 2015

"You don't support (fill in the blank)? Why, you must hate (appropriate group!)"

"You're against (add trendy cause here), then you're a hater!"

Does this sound familiar? Today, if you don't support the "correct" causes or groups, you must "hate" somebody or some people. This is the thinking of those on the political Left (call them liberals, progressives, whatever. I'll just call them "lefties.") Here is an, admittedly, incomplete list:

 You support the traditional definition of marriage? You must HATE gay people!

 You are against abortion as a method of birth control? You must HATE women!

 You don't support taxpayer funding of contraception? See above.

 You are against tax increases on the top 5% of taxpayers? You must HATE the middle class!

 You think there should be limitations on welfare to encourage people to go to work? You must HATE poor people!

 You don't like "rap" and "hip-hop?" You must HATE black people!

 You think our borders must be secured? You must HATE immigrants!

 You think illegal (excuse me, "undocumented") immigrants should be deported? You must HATE Hispanics!

 You support the State of Israel? You must HATE Muslims!

Did I miss anything? I'm sure I did. I have seen so much of this nonsense, I just had to write a Hub about it. Recently I wrote a Hub describing a fictional conversation with some of the Founding Fathers in which the protagonist asked them to include, among other things, an amendment in the Bill of Rights defining marriage as between one man and one woman. One of the commenters called me a "hateful little dude." I could have seen that one coming. On my Facebook page, I was expressing opposition to Obama's reelection and I was branded as a racist. This was in spite of the fact that I clearly stated I would gladly have supported Herman Cain or Condoleeza Rice for president but that didn't matter. (One guy inferred Condi Rice was not black! I guess you have to be a lefty to be sufficiently black.)

Of course it's not just me that receives these accusations. You can name any politician or commentator who is to the right of center and I can assure you every one of them gets called a "hater" at least once a week. (The vitriol poured on people like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin is positively vicious and laced with profanity. Lefties are so articulate -- they can come up with dozens of ways to use the "f-word.") And of course there are institutions which are accused of being "hate groups." Someone actually placed a petition on the White House website asking the president to declare the Roman Catholic Church a "hate group" because of the Church's defense of traditional marriage and the fact that Catholic dogma (like most other major religions I might add) considers homosexual behavior to be sinful. The entire Roman Catholic Church! (No, the White House wanted no part of this one. When I took a look at it some weeks ago, about 1700 morons had actually signed it.)

Then you have the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based "civil rights" group that hurls accusations of "hate" against virtually any and all "right-wing" organizations. The Christian group, Family Research Council (FRC), lobbies against gay marriage so, in 2010, the SPLC called them - you guessed it - a "hate group." And it's not just organizations that receive their attention. The following paragraph is from the Wikipedia page on the SPLC:

"In an NPR interview on April 2, 2010 the SPLC's Mark Potok said that pundits and politicians, such as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman Steve King, and commentators Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs bore some of the moral responsibility for hate crimes by using, and thus helping to 'mainstream,' the rhetoric of hate groups and conspiracy theorists."

You get that? They "mainstream" the rhetoric of hate groups. Why? Because they don't agree with whatever the SPLC states is good and wholesome! Now the SPLC does go after real hate groups, such as the KKK and neo-Nazis, but to lump in groups such as the FRC and people like the aforementioned congressmen and commentators with these guys is preposterous.

I could go on but I'm sure the reader gets the idea. The amount of intolerance displayed by lefties toward beliefs contrary to their own defies measurement. It seems to me that someone who cannot tolerate any opposition to -- or even legitimate debate on -- their principles must not be that secure in their own beliefs. Total opposition to dissenting opinion is the hallmark of every totalitarian regime in history, be it Nazi, Communist, Fascist, or (especially now) radical Islamist. It is obvious that total opposition to dissenting opinion is the hallmark of today's political Left as well. So who is REALLY being intolerant? I'll leave it to the reader to answer that question.

I'm sure some commenter will call me a "hater" for having written this so have at it.

Sigh.

Update - 9 April 2013

I read this morning about two young girls, one 11 and one 14, who have received profanity-laced insults and even threats because "gay activists" are "upset" because they had the nerve to testify against gay "marriage" before their respective state legislators. The testimony of one of the girls was on YouTube and received the following comment: “If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise.”

I have been around for a while and remember the civil rights battles of the 60s, the protests by American Indian groups, radical feminists, etc. I don't believe I've ever seen a group more intolerant of other peoples' opinions than these "gay activists." They use insult, intimidation, and threaten outright violence if anyone dare to disagree with their quest to corrupt the institution of marriage. They are disgusting low-life scum. You really want to see what hatred is? Read about what some these "activists" are doing to advance their cause. I am truly getting sick of it.

Update - 6 Nov 2013

There is another hub out there entitled something like "Why do Republicans and Tea Partiers Hate Obama so Much?" Most of it is focused on his race (no surprise there). I commented that I and people who think like me don't hate Obama personally but we despise his politics. I pointed out that I would gladly support a man such as Allen West or a woman such as Condoleeza Rice for president because I generally agree with their politics and their race has nothing to do with it. And, guess what, I was branded a "racist!" And one of the commenters stated over and over again that Tea Party criticism of Obama was "hateful" or some such verbiage. This illustrates precisely the point I tried to make in this hub article. With respect to the "racist" slur against me, all I can say is if you criticize a black politician who is a liberal, you are immediately branded as a racist. Apparently criticism of black conservatives (which is rampant) is OK. Someday some scientist has to examine the liberal brain and explain to me how the hell they think.

Update - December 2013

By now everybody is probably aware of the numerous attacks on Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for his Bible-based views on homosexuality. Apparently, according to the gay/lesbian hate group "GLAAD," his preference for female anatomy over male is "vile." Imagine that. Militant "gay" groups are trying to silence anyone who does not enthusiastically embrace the homosexual agenda. Now who is being intolerant?

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    • Dr Stiffy profile image

      Dr Stiffy 4 years ago

      Exactly, all the people named above are seen as conservatives.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "The Southern Poverty Law Center is and has been for over 20 years, one of Americas formost hate groups/organizations. They are as despicable as any New Black Panther, Al Quaida, KKK, NAZI or LA RAZA."

      Absolutely. They are in the business of demonizing any and all opposition to the liberal agenda. They are utterly without common decency.

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      Dr Stiffy 4 years ago

      @ Ralph

      The Southern Poverty Law Center is and has been for over 20 years, one of Americas formost hate groups/organizations. They are as despicable as any New Black Panther, Al Quaida, KKK, NAZI or LA RAZA. The time to act as if they have something positive to offer to the race problem has long since past. If the SPLC and their little multi colored Milton Bradley hand are visible, then someone or something is up to no good. Getting the SPLC to say something negative about you should be every honorable person's ambition. The SPLC is an evil incarnate but with a law license, that doesn't make it right.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The current issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Intelligence Report" provides a useful inventory of current American racists, nativists, anti-tax protests, militias and assorted other extremist whack jobs.

      Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and Joe Wilson head the list. Dobbs called President Obama a racist. Congressman Joe Wilson called the president a liar. Limbaugh blamed Obama for an attack by black kids on white kids saying it was par for the course in "Obama's America."Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough and columnist Tom Friedman warned that using such poisonous language could lead to deadly consequences.

      In November, Bill Sparkman, a federal census taker, was found hanging naked with "Fed" scrawled across his chest. [Note, The Kentucky state police have concluded that Sparkman's death was a suicide, staged to look like a hate crime so that his insurance policies would pay death benefits to his beneficiaries. Apparently he had discussed suicide several times before his death.] Mark Potok, the publication's editor pointed out that the last time the political scene seemed this overcharged was in 1995 when years of anti-government rhetoric, (not unlike now found in some quarters on HubPages) culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing by anti-government extremists causing the death of 168 government workers.

      Other hate group members, extremists, nativists, Anti-tax activists, militiamen listed by the publication include:

      John Joe Gray will soon mark the tenth anniversary of his heavily armed standoff with law enforcement in the hills of East Texas.

      James Edward McCrink of Las Vegas quietly funds groups like the holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review and the racist New Century Foundation. McCrink's Do Right Foundation once even backed a group led by a former principal of the American Nazi Party.

      Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (a.k.a. Carlos Bledsoe, a U.S. citizen who converted to Islam as a teenager), a 23-year-old opened fire outside a military center in Little Rock. Muhammad fired 30 rounds from a Russian-made SKS assault rifle from inside his vehicle on June 1, 2009, killing one soldier and seriously wounding another. Muhammad told the AP the killing was justified because the U.S. military has targeted Muslims in the Middle East. (Sound familiar?)

      HATE IN THE MAINSTREAM

      Tom Tancredo--"La Raza is a Latino KKK without the hoods or nooses," criticizing Sonia Sotomayor on May 28, 2009.

      Rusty DePass, former South Carolina State Election Commission Chairman, referring to the escape of a gorilla, "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle Obama's ancestors," June 12 in a Facebook comment.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      @Skarlet - thank you - with respect to your experience with that liberal - sad, isn't it? It's "my way or the highway" with these people. Anyway, thanks again.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Voted up, and all! This is so true! I was talking to a liberal just before the election and when I said I was voting for Romney she asked, "why do you hate black people so much?" No exaggeration. I was actually stunned for a few minutes before I explained that it has nothing to do with color, and then a few minutes later something came up about gay marriage and she responded quickly, " I support it, I am not a homophobic."

      The liberal media does a good job of training its watchers to have these neat little labels handy for anyone thinking outside of their little box.

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      FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      The true haters are the ones who bully people who don't think like they do. They have a tactic to try to persuade people to conform to their will. They call people 'haters'.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Almost all that labeling comes from the left side of the aisle, because it's very effective. After all, who wants to be called a racist or a homophobe?

      This is all part of the scourge of political correctness, and the whole point is to silence the opposition. If you don't agree with them, they have created a name to call you.

      Lately, I have been called an NRA extremist and a gun nut, because I support the right to keep and bear arms, but I ignore it because I refuse to be silenced.