Peter LaBarbera’s AFTAH Listed As Hate Web Site By SPLC; Escapes Listing As Hate Group

Jim Burroway

March 22nd, 2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center has long maintained a list of hate groups, including what is now fourteen anti-gay hate groups listed on its web site. Now, the SPLC’s Spring 2010 print edition of the Intelligence Report goes even further, with a listing of 15 anti-gay web sites. They include:

Web sites marked with an asterisk are also organizations listed by the SPLC as anti-gay hate groups. As far as I have been able to determine, the SPLC’s list of anti-gay hate web sites is not available on the web. Their list of anti-gay hate groups however is on the web and also in the print edition with the list of web sites. Additional anti-gay hate groups not included in the list of hate web sites are:

  • School of Christian Activism
  • American Forever Foundation (Listed separately from America Forever)

While LaBarbera maintains a 501(c)(3) organization called Americans for Truth about Homosexuality complete with a board of directors, his organization is among a small handful that escaped being listed as a hate group despite running a web site identified as a hate site. Without addressing LaBarbera specifically, the Intelligence Report explains the discrepancies by saying that groups listed in both lists “actively promote hate beyond the mere publishing of Internet material.”

David C.

March 22nd, 2010

I’m sure PP and his AFTAH thing will go all victim and bemoan how put-upon they are by the SPLC.

Poor babies, my heart pumps peanut butter for them.


March 22nd, 2010

Well at least it’s a step in the right direction. LaBarbera will most definitely whine about it. Sometime’s the truth really DOES hurt.

Regan DuCasse

March 22nd, 2010

I just got my copy of the report. I’m a member of the SPLC, have been since I was a child.
I wasn’t surprised at all so see AFTAH listed.
And I agree with David C.
There are a few things that Peter LaB are likely to do.
But they’ll likely contradict each other.

To play the victim, he’ll have to inform his readers of the listing of AFTAH with the SPLC.

Then he’ll have to minimize the importance of the SPLC and their influence. Or mis characterize the SPLC as an organization that’s out to persecute Christians like himself and those whose interests are simply in telling the truth about the intentions of gay people.
He’ll describe the SPLC as an organization that has effectively silenced Christians before, and seeks to PROMOTE homosexuality as well.

And of course, then that will mean that the SPLC is under the undue influence of homosexuals, and knows not what they are doing by supporting gay people and persecuting AFTAH.

I’d lay odds on this happening.
Or Peter LaB won’t react at all, and will try and keep this all on the DL. He certainly wouldn’t want his readers to investigate the SPLC for themselves and learn about their work.
So, if he doesn’t play the victim card, he’ll try not to deal with it at all and hope his readers haven’t heard this has happened.

What our opponents don’t understand is that the SPLC has a storied background. Morris Dees is one of the most courageous and commanding lawyers in our society. Such an organization doesn’t take their research, nor their approach frivolously or eagerly.

Similarly to the Museum of Tolerance, where I volunteer, there is a serious criteria for designating hate groups, websites, crimes and so on.
And I wish our opponents would get educated about those designations and who is affected by hate and in what ways.

The SPLC takes gay lives seriously, even if our opponents don’t.
And THAT is precisely why the SPLC exists in the first place.
Peter LaB has no appreciation of being the kind of man he’s been in America.

He’s not brave, or especially smart. Too bad he hasn’t done things as important as Morris Dees has.
People like Brian Brown and Peter LaB want to be important at the expense of people who are not their enemies.

Which is precisely WHY they aren’t brave or smart.

Let’s wait and see if me and David’s predictions come true.

Timothy Kincaid

March 22nd, 2010

Back in June 2009, the Peter called the SPLC “bigoted” for designating MassResistence and Illinois Family Institute (since removed from the list) as hate groups.

The SPLC has embarrassed itself by politicizing “hate” in the service of pro-homosexual politics. Perhaps if it stopped demonizing Christian and pro-family groups like IFI and MassResistance based on their moral opposition to homosexual practice, we would take its assessment of who the real haters are more seriously.

I truly think that there is nothing that an anti-gay activist fears more than being called a hater or a bigot.

Their identity is tied up in “showing the love of Christ”, so their boiling seething animus has to be called something other than “hate”. Because if they admit to themselves that they hate, then they can’t call themselves “Christian”. And if they aren’t Christian, then they have no reason to tell themselves that they are superior to gay folk and nothing to justify the ignoble way they treat gay folk. And round it goes.

It’s a bizarre contradiction. In order to behave heinously, they have to tell themselves that their hatred is actually love. Sad sad deluded folks, they are.

David C.

March 22nd, 2010

Well, ole’ PP hasn’t reacted yet, at least on his website, but I think we can expect breathtakingly hyperbolic prose condemning yet another attack on “the truth”, free speech, and religious freedom; all of which is motivated by the SPLC’s clear support of the mythic Gay Agendaâ„¢, that product of Godless liberals, from which extend the pernicious and evil tentacles that reach into every aspect of Progressive Culture to sow the seeds of destruction of all humanity.


March 22nd, 2010

It’s about time.


March 22nd, 2010

Can you do something to stop these groups exporting their hatred to the rest of the world please? It really doesn’t help the international reputation of the USA, and causes things like the situation in Uganda.

Lynn David

March 22nd, 2010

PLaB/AFTAH just tore into Dr. Throckmorton again via LifeSiteNews.

Lynn David

March 22nd, 2010

I wonder why PLaB didn’t use the One News Now vehicle for his pablum on Throckmorton??


March 22nd, 2010

Who is The Southern Poverty Law Center and why are they important?


March 23rd, 2010


This link might lead you to some answers.

Jean-Paul, Canada

March 23rd, 2010

This sounds like good news, but it’s not enough; not nearly enough.

The christian and/or religious anti-gay industry, whether American or not, is a blatant crime against humanity, and the ICC is alive and well at The Hague.

Also, I think religious nutters like Uganda’s Martin Ssempa could use some therapy…yesterday!

Regan DuCasse

March 23rd, 2010

Hi Bearchewtoy!
The Southern Poverty Law Center was established in 1967, by criminal and civil rights attorney, Morris Dees. He specialized in prosecuting members of the KKK, and other supremacist organizations all over the country. Very often he was able to weaken them by litigating for their assets.
Which, for some of their members, their property holdings could run in the millions.
He has been shot, his offices bombed and his family threatened, but he has continued to be an advocate against hate everywhere.
He is a white man who grew up in the Jim Crow south. So you could say his perspective is from experience.

They are based in Montgomery, AL


November 13th, 2013

One thing to watch with Peter LaBarbera from AFTAH is his vicious email threats should someone confront his bigotry, prejudice, HATE and obsessive behavior. Not too nice a guy, this head of a HATE group.

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