Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat
Staver. (Screenshot: C-SPAN)
The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which receives millions in funding from liberal and pro-homosexual elites, is smearing Christian organizations that follow biblical morality as "hate groups," said Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. He also talked about how the targeting of certain Christian and conservative organizations is not unlike how the Nazis treated the Jews.
During an interview on VCY America's "Crosstalk" program, Staver said, “Everyone needs to just take a deep breath, step back, let’s pray for healing in this country and let’s have civil discourse. Let’s not label to the point of ‘hate groups,’ like the SPLC is doing with people whom you simply just disagree."
"They know, they know that these organizations like the FRC, Liberty Counsel, AFA, ADF, they know that they are not violent organizations," said Staver, in reference to the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and his organization, which the SPLC states is a "hate group."
"They know that they’re Christian organizations and they know that they oppose any kind of hatred or violence," said Staver, a lawyer who has argued cases before the Supreme Court. "They just don’t agree with us on the issue of marriage."
"Now, look, from millennia of human history until now and all over the world, the issue of male and female is something that has transcended time, geography, and political infrastructure," he said. "It is what it is. Marriage is what it has been throughout our history, and certainly, biblically we know what marriage is."
"To continue to share that view that’s supported by the Bible, and supported by the natural created order, is no reason to lump somebody in a hate group," said Staver.
Later in the interview, host Jim Schneider asked Staver how far he thougt left-wing groups would go in targeting and smearing Christians as somehow hateful and un-American.
Staver said, “I think we’ve crossed the line and we can’t let this go any further. We’ve got to push back, it cannot happen like this."
"You know, if you go back into the 1930s," said Staver, "what ultimately happened back then with the Jews—and history, you know, there’s other histories that you can point to—but they began to ultimately ban Jews from public employment, then ban Jews from their private employment, then put a Star of David on their ID and a Star of David on their passport, restrict their travel, restrict their income opportunity, and eventually you know what happened – history tells us -- we had to fight a World War II over that issue.”
Earlier, Schneider asked about white supremacy and how an estimated 266 black children are killed every day in America by abortion.
Staver said, “Well, talk about white supremacy! That’s exactly what [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger was all about. She wanted ultimately to create a super race. She was a social Darwinist, and she wanted to eliminate certain populations, including the black population. That’s why she put her then-contraception, later-abortion clinics into these minority neighborhoods to stop the reproduction of these minority communities, and including the African American community."
Sanger, whose bust is proudly displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, was a eugenicist who believed in breeding a better race through birth control and sterilization.
As author and columnist Jonah Goldberg explains in his book, Liberal Fascism, "A fair-minded person cannot read Sanger’s books, articles, and pamphlets today without finding similarities not only to Nazi eugenics but to the dark dystopias of the feminist imagination found in such allegories as Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. As editor of The Birth Control Review, Sanger regularly published the sort of hard racists we normally associate with Goebbels or Himmler.
"Indeed, after she resigned as editor, The Birth Control Review ran articles by people who worked for Goebbels and Himmler. For example, when the Nazi eugenics program was first getting wide attention, The Birth Control Review was quick to cast the Nazis in a positive light, giving over its pages for an article titled “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” by Ernst Rüdin, Hitler’s director of sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. In 1926 Sanger proudly gave a speech to a KKK rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey.
"One of Sanger’s closest friends and influential colleagues was the white supremacist Lothrop Stoddard, author of The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy. In the book he offered his solution for the threat posed by the darker races: 'Just as we isolate bacterial invasions, and starve out the bacteria, by limiting the area and amount of their food supply, so we can compel an inferior race to remain in its native habitat.' When the book came out, Sanger was sufficiently impressed to invite him to join the board of directors of the American Birth Control League."