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FBI Sources on Catholic Church are Foul

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Dec. 8, 2023

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League:

    This is the last of a three-part installment on the anti-Catholic cell group in the FBI. At issue is the FBI's reliance on sources known to have an animus against Catholicism.

    In the Report issued by the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the FBI, and its probe of traditional Catholics, it says the following about the memo that revealed the Bureau's caper: "The two FBI employees who co-authored the memorandum later told FBI internal investigators that they knew the sources cited in the memorandum had a political bias—sources including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Salon, and The Atlantic."

    Both The Atlantic and Salon have long evinced an antipathy to Catholicism.

    Two years ago, The Atlantic published a piece titled, "The Real Threat to American Catholicism." And who might that be? Why the bishops, of course. It was their opposition to abortion that made them a threat to Catholicism.

    Last year, Salon ran a story on how the Catholic Church is "dictating reproductive health care—even in blue states." It was concluded that we have too many Catholic hospitals nationwide, facilities that do not permit abortion. That is the source of the alleged dictatorship.

    SPLC is the real clincher. As corrupt as it is partisan, it can no longer lay claim to being a beacon of information on hate groups in the United States. Its penchant for smearing innocent individuals and institutions is legendary.

    The Report said that one of the FBI analysts even acknowledged that the "SPLC was known to have a political bias." Despite this, they accepted "with high confidence" the information they gleaned from SPLC on the Catholic Church (their italics.)

    On the SPLC website, they offer a list of "hate groups." Lumped in with real hate groups is an organization of mothers concerned about what their children are being taught in the public schools. It has 220 entries on Moms for Liberty. Only a deranged person would consider them a hate group.

    Other organizations that espouse traditional values, but are in no way hateful—yet are labeled as such by SPLC—include the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom and the American College of Pediatricians.

    In 2017, when Carol Swain was a professor at Vanderbilt University, she recommended against allowing the president of SPLC to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee. She did so for a principled reason. "Rather than monitoring hate groups," she said, "the Southern Poverty Law Center has become one." As a result, SPLC conducted a smear campaign against her, claiming she is "an apologist for white supremacists." Swain is black.

    Other notable Americans who are anything but hateful, but who have been branded as such by SPLC, include Somali refuge Ayaan Hirsi Ali, political scientist Guenter Lewy, and Princeton professor Robert P. George (he is a member of the Catholic League's board of advisors).

    SPLC's smear tactics backfired when a noted evangelical organization, D. James Kennedy Ministries, sued SPLC in 2017 for defamation. It accused the far-left "hate group" specialist of making "false and misleading descriptions," subjecting it to "disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public."

    In other words, SPLC is a master propagandist, branding as "hate groups" institutions that are merely advocates for traditional moral values.

    One might think that Antifa, which is a real terrorist group—it is responsible for countless acts of violence against innocent persons—might be included in SPLC's list of hate groups (if for no other reason than to give it cover as an objective source). Instead, it is one of their biggest fans. In 2020, it posted an article entitled, "Designating Antifa as domestic terrorist organization is dangerous, threaten civil liberties." Just substitute the Klan for Antifa to get a sense of how absurd this sounds.

    SPLC agents know a thing or two about domestic terrorism. Earlier this year one of its attorneys, Thomas Webb Jurgens, was charged with domestic terrorism after engaging in violence at a future Atlanta police training facility.

    Having an anti-Catholic cell group in the FBI is bad enough. It is made worse when its agents turn to anti-Catholic journalistic sources, and to anti-American outlets. Indeed, it makes us wonder why these FBI employees are still on the public payroll, funded, in part, by traditional Catholics.

SOURCE Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

CONTACT: 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org