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Witch Hunt: City of Columbus considers screening out police applicants with tainted SPLC hate-group list

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to kill off First Amendment free speech.

The city of Columbus is considering a new policy to kill that off, excluding anyone who’s ever had a connection with any of the groups on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s massive “hate groups” list.

According to Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media:

The city council of Columbus, Ohio, is considering legislation to screen police officers for any connection to “hate groups” (including secretly harboring the beliefs of “hate groups”), citing the ever-so-reliable Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

That’s the slovenly McCarthyite list that lumps in huge numbers of conservative civil society organizations with bona fide hate groups, refusing to distinguish between groups they disagree with and actual racists.  Belong to one of those, and you’re the same as a hooded Klansman.  Yet the groups listed have zero — repeat: zero — record or policy of racism.  Their “crime” is that they aren’t left-wing.

This, as Tyler O’Neill notes, excludes all Catholics, a less famous, but not less real target of the Ku Klux Klan. […]

Read the full story from American Thinker

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