GuideStar’s Slanderous ‘Hate Group’ Designation

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By Political Editors, Patriot Post, The nation’s leading and supposedly “neutral” informational source on U.S. charitable groups, GuideStar, has found itself in hot water for adopting the leftist organization Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) label of “hate group” into its own designation delimiters. Not surprisingly, several conservative nonprofits have objected and sent a letter to GuideStar pointing out the biased nature of the SPLC’s slanderous designation. The letter addressed to GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold and signed by 41 conservative leaders states in part:

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, write to express our strong disagreement with GuideStar’s newly implemented policy that labels 46 American organizations as “hate groups.” Your designations are based on determinations made by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hard-left activist organization. As such, SPLC’s aggressive political agenda pervades the construction of its “hate group” listing.

Among the conservative charitable organizations listed by GuideStar as “hate groups” is the Family Research Council (FRC). (As a side note, a leftist wacko attacked FRC headquarters in 2012 intending “to kill as many people as possible” because of the SPLC’s designation of FRC as a “hate group.”) FRC President Tony Perkins, whose columns1 are a regular feature on our site, points to what was likely the motivating factor behind GuideStar’s recent controversial decision — politics. It turns out that the CEO of GuideStar is quite the leftist activist himself. Perkins notes that Harold has worked for both Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network. He has also written for the Huffington Post and he hosted an NARAL Pro-Choice DC men’s event in 2014. His wife is a pro-abortion advocate and he marched in the “Women’s March” this past January, where he held a sign protesting Donald Trump. And he has donated to Democrats. Needless to say, Harold is hardly the poster boy for objectivity.

Hopefully, GuideStar recognizes the obviously subjective nature of the “hate group” designation and removes this controversial label, lest GuideStar finds itself rejected as a legitimate source of information.