From the SPLC's web site , this is how they determine what group qualifies as a hate group. Please note what is highlighted red.
Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.
I am all for freedom of speech. I am all for religious freedom. So is the SPLC.
I DO think spreading lies about people or using lies to sway voters does not fall under freedom of speech.
There is fear that people will lose the freedom to say what they feel or think .
This fear is unfounded. It is another example of the way some people twist the issue to make it seem like something it is not.
Our freedoms to speak, think, and believe will never be taken away.
The issue is about is when your freedom is causing others to suffer because what you are saying is not true. It is not the freedom to lie.
When people say hurtful things and have NO proof or support to back up their claim, it is wrong. We have laws to protect us from slander. You can't yell fire in a theatre if there is no fire.
The same applies to what these anti-gay groups are doing. They can think, feel, and believe all they want, but they can not go around saying hurtful things that are proven to be untrue.
Not only are they saying untrue and nasty things about gays but they are trying to get voters to side with them and create laws that will further hurt us.
Most of us believe the KKK and skinheads are hate groups. They can have their clubs and think and feel all they want, but they are NOT permitted to act on their hate nor are they allowed to spread lies.
It is sad that these groups and the people who run them spend so much time and money trying to prevent us from having the same protections and freedoms they have.
The same rights, not special or additional, just the same. Equal.
All the SPLC did was call them on the lies. We have the freedom of speech and we have the freedom to point out when someone is telling lies. We do not have the freedom to bully or deliberately hurt someone.