Ever since the Southern Poverty Law Center placed Peter LaBarbera’s Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and several other Religious Right groups on its list of anti-gay hate groups, Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel has become a relentless critic of the SPLC.
Even though Barber’s own Liberty Counsel has not been designed an anti-gay hate group itself, Barber is on the board of LaBarbera’s organization and so he has been eager to attack the SPLC at every opportunity, even accusing the organization of doing to Christians just what the Nazis did to the Jews.
Last week, the SPLC released a new report noting a recent dramatic rise within the “antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement — conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy.”
And it seems that Barber’s hatred of the SPLC has now become so all-encompassing that he just automatically rejects any sort of designation that organization makes … so much so that he is now defending antigovernment militia movements:
The Montgomery, Alabama-based organization recently released a report saying that antagonism toward President Barack Obama is feeding the number of so-called “hate groups,” and “anti-government” organizations continue to grow. The report also describes a “stunning rise” in the number of patriot and “militia” movements.
Matt Barber is director of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel. He says the SPLC is a radical group that considers patriotism something to be loathed.
“Only in the eyes of a liberal, extremist group can those who embrace patriotism be considered dangerous, radical hate groups,” he decides.