In response to those who are defending the decision by Trevecca Nazaene University to cancel an event about national security on their campus, I wanted to address the two prominent groups involved in this situation, both of which have labelled Mae Beavers and her colleagues as anti-Muslim or as hate groups.

FIRST, THE SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Does anyone believe the following organizations are hate groups?

American Family Association, Family Research Council, Liberty Council, MassResistance, D. James Kennedy Ministries.

You see, these organizations have been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups. For example, I am extremely familiar with and an active supporter of MassResistance, which is doing incredible work to fight the extremist agenda of homosexual activist groups that promote homosexuality in Massachusetts schools. Their stellar work has led them to be an influence not only in other states, but also abroad in other countries concerned about the radical homosexual agenda. Yet, the Southern Poverty Law Center will label them and any other group a hate group if it declares homosexuality a sin, or if it works against activist groups that push the homosexual agenda to young children in the schools.  Does anyone really believe that the Family Research Council is a hate group?

Recently, pastor Sean Williams wrote an article in support of Trevecca Nazarene University’s decision to cancel an appearance by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers. One of the concerning conclusions I got out of that article was this:

So then, all it will take for Trevecca and other Christian schools to cancel an organization’s appearance on their campus is for the SPLC to label them a hate group. Does that sound right and fair to you? Does anyone agree with the SPLC’s characterization of any of these groups I mentioned that they are hate groups, solely because of their biblical stance on homosexuality? By any logical extension, anyone who believes homosexuality is a sin or is against radical homosexual activism in the schools, is also a hater.

Other groups that they consider hateful are the following, because of their conservative and lawful stance on immigration:

American Border Patrol, California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement.

These groups are opposed to illegal immigration and advocate for enforcement of existing laws in this country. Because of that, they are called hateful by the SPLC. By extension then, anyone opposed to illegal immigration is a hateful person.

Then there are the supposedly anti-Muslim groups or people that they consider haters. I list a few here that I know about very well, and I know they are not hate groups:

ACT for America; David Horowitz Freedom Center; Jihad Watch; Shoebat Foundation; Center for Security Policy; and Islam: the Religion of Peace (which I quote later on).

Some of these groups are run by former Islamists or by former Muslims who are opposed to the goals of radical Islam. They are a rational voice in the midst of all the noise being made by politically correct appeasers to radical Islam, and that is why they are labeled haters by the SPLC.

SECONDLY, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations):

This group is a notorious neo-Jihadi group in the United States that pretends to be a civil rights organization. While complaining often of petty or perceived slights against Muslim-Americans, they turn a blind eye to far more serious issues such as the human rights violations in the Islamic world.

The Religion of Peace website lists 10 Basic Facts about CAIR:

  • CAIR was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic supremacist organization that pioneered 20th century Islamic terrorism and sanctions violence against civilians.
  • CAIR only has about 5,000 members, despite a membership fee of just $10.
  • CAIR represents the opinions of only 12% of Muslim-Americans according to Gallup.
  • CAIR receives financial support from foreign powers who have also provided direct support to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and Hamas.
  • CAIR has solicited money from sponsors of terror and received financial support from convicted terrorists.
  • CAIR founders have praised terrorists to Muslim audiences and said that suicide bombers are acting on behalf of Islam.
  • CAIR has raised funds for terrorists under the guise of helping 9/11 victims.
  • CAIR board members have called for the overthrow of the United States and the imposition of Islamic law.  CAIR has suggested applying Sharia punishment (ie. the death penalty) to users who criticize Islam on the Internet.
  • At least 15 high-level CAIR staff members have been under federal investigation for ties to Islamic terror.
  • CAIR has discouraged Muslim-Americans from cooperating with law enforcement and has spent more time and money advocating on behalf of convicted terrorists than for their victims.

CAIR’s true goal is to advance Islam, and to advance it in the Unite States to the fullest extent possible. It is a real hate group operating under the guise of “peace”, and I believe Trevecca Nazarene University has bowed its knee to CAIR for the sake of political correctness. The argument was made by pastor Sean Williams in his piece that we need to protect others who are missionaries in foreign countries, solely because two groups have labeled Mae Beavers and related groups as haters.

Well, then, this is rather unfortunate. So now, every organization that looks to CAIR and the SPLC as the arbiter of who is hateful or not, will have succumbed to the arm-twisting of two groups who truly can be considered hateful. How ironic, is it not? And wouldn’t it be ironic if someday, these two hate groups put the Church of the Nazarene on their hate group list?  With this logic applied, it seems that you will never see the Family Research Council ever being invited, or allowed to use any Trevecca Nazarene University facilities, unless they are taken off the SPLC hate list.  What does this say about Dr. Dan Boone and his reasoning for cancelling Mae Beaver’s event?

Some on the Concerned Nazarene Solutions site have argued that Mae Beavers and her colleagues are hateful and deserved to have their event cancelled. Several of us pressed them for direct and clear explanations as to why they consider them haters- and they failed to give any direct evidence, only telling us to do “your own research; you can easily find out yourself.” That is cowardly, and that kind of answer has no credibility. When you accuse someone of something, be ready to show the evidence. I have shown the evidence here about these two groups. You may not like it, but the case is made with facts, which others have refused to present in their attacks on Mae Beavers.


Reference links:

Sean William’s article: https://steemit.com/trevecca/@swillia90/a-pastoral-perspective-on-trevecca-nazarene-university-mae-beavers-and-islam





  1. Yes,I do think the American Family Association, Family Research Council and the Liberty Council are hate groups. Perhaps looking at them from the perspective of the people they target will give you a better perspective.

    But then again, you’ve labeled your irrational post “rational.”

  2. Benjamin, I applaud you at least for saying what you really think. Some of your other like-minded friends are driving me crazy by failing to admit that’s what they think also! And your opinion of my rationality is noted.

  3. Benjamin…once again you blow my mind. How someone who claims to follow Christ can say three particular groups should be labeled as hate groups simply because they hold to the Biblical truth’s that homosexuality is a sin and abortion is murder in any case is beyond me! It sounds to me like, according to your definition of a hate group, you would have also considered Jesus and His apostles a hate group.

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