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Letters to the Editor

May 2, 2019

Editor:

The Southern Poverty Law Center is not credible. Recently The Madisonian published an article on the front page under the by-line of Reagan Colyer. 

The article leads one to believe that the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”) was an upstanding and unbiased center for the elimination of hate in America. 

Unfortunately, that is not the case and the SPLC should not be relied upon as a source for the status or number of hate groups or others in America.

It has a war chest of $200 million and uses its wealth and its purported reputation as a protector of the down trodden to create hate against traditional religious, conservative and other thinkers. 

The SPLC has been discredited by notable social progressives as well as conservative thinkers. Just this past week Twitter reportedly cut its ties with the SPLC, having previously engaged the SPLC as a “Safety Partner”. And the FBI removed the SPLC as a “resource” in 2014.

Among its misdeeds, the SPLC placed the later to become HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, an African American, on its extremist watch list along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The SPLC later issued a public apology. 

It labeled a former Muslim radical Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-Muslim extremist group and later paid him $3.75 million to settle his lawsuit. 

It labeled the Family Research Center, a Christian pro-life anti-same sex marriage advocacy group, a hate group. It labeled the group Alliance Defending Freedom an “anti-LGBT hate group”. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a group of lawyers whose goal is to defend religious freedom and it was the counsel that represented the cake maker in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that went before the Supreme Court. 

It labeled Charles Murray, a notable author and academician on race issues, a “White Supremacist”.

The SPLC is not unbiased but rather is furthering an agenda of hate against conservative and traditional thought and its proponents. To learn more about the SPLC please do the Google search “SPLC criticism” or “SPLC exposed”. To learn more about the status of hate groups visit the FBI web pages.

Jay Bingham, McAllister

Editor:

I just read the article in The Madisonian about the state legislature passing the expansion of Medicaid with amendments.

The article does not give many details about the amendments but it appears that some Republicans grudgingly voted for it and some did not. 

I do not understand why vote against helping our poorest citizens and helping hospitals with much needed federal funds. It seems like a no brainer to me that Medicaid should have passed with no ‘no’ votes. Medicaid eases suffering. Why do republicans like to watch poor people suffer? Is it a streak of meanness and cruelty among the no voters or are they missing an empathy gene? Do they not know anyone who is poor? With mental illness? With pre existing conditions? Are the no voters born with the gene or do they learn to be cruel from the leadership in Washington, DC?

Republicans are so worried about cheaters who will get something for nothing that they make the system more expensive by putting in work rules, severe income restrictions or other requirements that make management of the Medicaid convoluted and bureaucratic.

There were already awful rules in place before these recent amendments.

Fraud is not the problem. The cruelty gene is the problem. Why do normally empathetic people vote them in? The Republicans clearly only represent corporations and rich people.

Ian Root, Ennis

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