An interesting piece in today’s Times. “HOPE not Hate” is the British left-wing organization which has recently targeted J4MB, in a HuffPo piece as well as in their 104-page report, State of Hate 2019. Melanie Phillips’s piece, emphases ours, including the first mention I can recall in The Times of the term “men’s rights activists”:
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama started life in the 1970s fighting the Ku Klux Klan but has since grown into an organisation that attacks anyone it judges guilty of promoting “hate”. Its influence is huge. With the media lapping up its denunciations of groups and individuals deemed to be beyond the progressive pale, its targets have been turned into pariahs and cast into professional and social exile.
Increasingly, however, it has attacked people whose only crime is not to subscribe to left-wing shibboleths. It named the Family Research Council as a hate group for opposing gay marriage. It labelled the scholar and feminism-sceptic Christina Hoff Sommers as complicit in “male supremacy.”
Now, though, it has gone too far even for its liberal cheerleaders. Last October, it included the anti-extremist British Muslim Maajid Nawaz on a list of . . . anti-Muslim extremists. After Nawaz sued it, the centre apologised and reportedly agreed to pay a $3.4 million settlement. Last month, there was a rash of departures of top executives after some two dozen employees accused it of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism. It has now been called out by the ultra-liberal New Yorker for producing annual reports that showed “hate” incidents on a perpetual rise.
As a result, donations from virtue-signallers with deep pockets have swelled its endowments to a staggering $470 million. As its employees reportedly observe: “The SPLC — making hate pay”.
In Britain, the nearest thing to the SPLC is the anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate. This has done much valuable work, including helping to expose a far-right plot to murder MPs. However, it’s also in danger of losing its way. Full disclosure: this group has attacked me more than once, most recently last week when I criticised the Jewish community for not adequately calling out Muslim antisemitism.
Hope not Hate claims anti-jihadists create anti-Muslim bigotry. It says this has become increasingly normalised by the “narrative pushed by the counter-jihad movement” which conflates Muslims’ “cultural incompatibility and global threat”. It includes in its canon of “hate” both Ukip and Nigel Farage, as well as men’s rights activists protesting against ultra-feminism. It also cites as far-right conspiracy theories views such as “humans aren’t the primary source for the warming of the planet” and “the BBC deliberately distorts the news to fit its left-wing agenda”.
Lumping reasonable people together with racists and other bigots is in danger of turning anti-hate groups into a veritable hate industry themselves.
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