600 Reasons To Stop Intolerance

Alarming news out of the Southern Poverty Law Center this week as their newly published report outlines the number of hate groups operating in the United States rose by an alarming 7 percent to an all-time high in 2018, reflecting an increasingly polarized nation.

The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States last year, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. It marked the fourth consecutive year of growth.

The group’s annual report on hate activities blamed the rise in part on growing tension along political and religious lines. While some of this tension relates to immigration into the United States, much of the trouble is directly related to the growing number of platforms provided to hate groups and unchecked bigotry across the media spectrum.

The numbers tell a striking story, rather than trying to tamp down hate, as responsible journalists and television presenters in the past have tried to do, there are people at work who would seek to elevate it – both through their rhetoric and their continuing commitment to advocating violence against those with whom they have ideological differences.

Enter A&E and Leah Remini, who despite numerous letters and phone calls from concerned citizens, continued to spew anti-religious rhetoric through its programming which has led to more than 600 threats of violence worldwide. And that’s just the crimes which have been reported to authorities. Who can say how many people have been affected by the rippling currents of intolerance these people cause.

Outspoken critics, like Tony Ortega, have taken the cowardly stance of insisting it is they who are the true victims in all this. ‘Those who would seek to spread intolerance are the true minority in this country,’ they seem to argue.

This line of thinking is flawed from the outset. Whenever anyone, or any organization, steps across that line and begins to demonize a class of people by race, creed, or religion they have entered into the realm of promoting hate.

And yet, this is precisely what people like Ortega and Remini do daily — all while playing the victim card. This tired charade must come to an end. As a country we are bombarded by calls for radical intolerant division and the agents of this society-wide assault must no longer be given free rein to tears us apart.

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