The sham group, Southern Poverty Law Center, amassed over $500 Million in cash (offshore accounts) but a front for uber-liberal political causes while smearing Christian conservatives. Its founder just fired–accused of…wait for it-racism. https://t.co/fu1lXDOFwO
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 14, 2019
I will get to the substance of your tweet but first, about those offshore accounts. You are suggesting that the SPLC is doing something illicit or shady. In calendar year 2017, the IRS identified 2,561 nonprofits with assets exceeding $300,000,000 (excluding private foundations for which data is not available). Of those 2,561, 574, or about one-fourth, had offshore accounts. Were the data on private foundations available that number would be considerably higher.
The top 50 (by asset size) follow. The point is that you are smearing an organization with innuendo. I will spare your the MBA-in-a-minute. For you that would likely take more than an hour. The short explanation is that debt instruments are at near record low yields and almost all hedge funds are offshore with perfect legitimacy to avoid double-taxing some people. The list that follows includes the YMCA and other Christian organizations like Mercy Health, Ascension Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. The top 100 are even more revealing. I might create a reference page in the future for a great many more.
Take a few moments to review the list and then I will get to the rest of your tweet.
|42103580||PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE||75,287,515,000|
|900424876||UAW RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS TR||58,966,480,912|
|941105628||KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS||44,703,206,468|
|941156365||THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY||37,767,407,673|
|210634501||TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY||27,101,933,000|
|520891669||NATIONAL RURAL UTILITIES COOPERATIVE FINANCE CORP||25,158,878,343|
|42103594||MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY||22,177,032,000|
|590735717||HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE||21,082,502,290|
|941340523||KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC||19,931,581,625|
|382227794||MICHIGAN CATASTROPHIC CLAIMS ASSOCIATION U S||18,509,374,665|
|231352685||TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA||17,580,872,000|
|135598093||TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK||16,672,598,896|
|110303001||FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND||16,092,079,593|
|912153073||CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION||14,409,054,021|
|43070522||HARVARD MANAGEMENT PRIVATE EQUITY CORPORATION||14,395,654,920|
|350868188||UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME DU LAC||13,255,648,757|
|135562308||NEW YORK UNIVERSITY||11,191,514,569|
|362177139||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||10,820,592,775|
|951642394||UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||10,268,789,127|
|912154267||MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER||9,885,345,175|
|980543843||THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION||9,660,981,405|
|942854057||IHC HEALTH SERVICES INC||9,566,187,662|
|364724966||NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE||9,522,248,401|
|520595110||JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY||9,228,229,000|
|990073480||TRUSTEES OF THE ESTATE OF BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP||8,556,638,692|
|453358926||ASCENSION HEALTH ALLIANCE||8,541,521,970|
|131599108||CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE||8,261,580,000|
|362193608||SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN||8,194,679,019|
|470617373||CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES||7,858,341,860|
|362169147||ADVOCATE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION||7,758,491,097|
|980380092||GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA||7,561,667,280|
|20222111||TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE||7,256,079,813|
|205205488||SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION||7,240,507,464|
|351955872||INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH INC||7,218,875,667|
|986001062||CHANCELLOR MASTERS & SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD||6,996,946,516|
|135562401||YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION RETIREMENT FUND||6,684,628,047|
|223138409||HARVARD PRIVATE CAPITAL REALTY INC||6,624,554,194|
You have smeared the SPLC by highlighting their endowment (which is a ridiculous assumption). There are scores (if not hundreds) of Christian organizations with greater assets and many of those have offshore accounts. But what upsets you, presumably, are the 50 or so organizations named as anti-LGBT hate groups. I have yet to hear from just one of these groups (or you for that matter) what exactly the SPLC gets wrong about them.
Does the mere fact that some of these are Christian groups provide them with a pass? Dogma provides an escape from criticism just because you agree with it? The Klan is a Christian group. Are you suggesting, sir, that conservative Christianity shields them from criticism for their anti-LGBT activities. As of March 11, 2019 there are 1,691,200 nonprofit organizations in America. About 50 of those are deemed to be hate groups. You are smearing an organization for identifying a tiny group of organizations (for the most part based on their own public statements) as hate groups. You appear to be a proponent of Christian privilege.
Finally, the termination of Morris Dees seems important to you. The SPLC has not issued a statement indicating why he was fired. However, the organization has sent a clear signal that nobody is beyond accountability. That includes the organization’s revered co-founder.
Where, by the way, is your condemnation of Family Research Council for all of the anti-Islam extremism uttered by the organization’s second most senior executive (Jerry Boykin)? Where was your condemnation for the unambiguous and persistent anti-Semitism of Don Wildmon, founder of American Family Association? Those two “gentlemen” are still on their organizations’ payrolls.
I could go on at considerable length about the bigotry and hypocrisy that emanates from those same Christian groups that you feel have been maligned by the SPLC. You are trying to shield those groups regardless of their recklessness and incivility.
Finally, Mr. Huckabee, you have smeared the SPLC as “a front for uber-liberal political causes.” You have not bothered to mention what those causes are. Or are you wed to the notion that deeming a so-called Christian organization a hate group because it does hateful things is “uber-liberal” per se?
What makes these hate groups particularly reprehensible, Mr. Huckabee, is the fact that they are targeting children. Kids whose sexuality does not conform to ancient scripture are demonized and marginalized. Ancient texts preempt medical science for these hate groups. Presumably you are of the same mind. Shame on you for your ignorance and for enabling sociopaths.
You and your ilk are perpetually pissed off. You are always finding an enemy; someone to blame for an imagined failing. Yet, your own daughter lies every single day to the American people. That doesn’t say much for the values that you instilled in her. Maybe your priorities are just a bit misaligned.