Rabbis Want Amazon to Vet Charities a Different Way

Rabbis Want Amazon to Vet Charities a Different Way

(TargetLiberty.org) – A hundred rabbis have written to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, asking the world’s richest man to drop the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) from the company’s charity program. The problem is Amazon includes “legitimate charities” on the list, and excludes so-called “hate groups,” based on advice from the SPLC. Now, the Coalition for Jewish Values wants that link broken.

The SPLC was founded in 1971 as a civil rights law firm based in Montgomery, AL, but in recent years it’s become increasingly controversial. The main issue is the SPLC’s regularly updated (and expanded) list includes “hate groups,” which one left-wing sociologist said were chosen to maximize funding and donations.

In the last ten years, the SPLC has been forced to retract an article calling a group of left-wing journalists fascists and white supremacists, apologize to former presidential candidate Ben Carson for calling him a homophobe, and pay over $3 million to British political activist Maajid Nawaz (a practicing Muslim) for calling him an “anti-Muslim extremist.”

Now the rabbis say the SPLC’s “hate group” list is targeting groups that simply advocate biblically-based views on sexuality and family life, while ignoring terrorists and violent anti-Semites. They say this means worthwhile charities are being denied funding because Amazon, on the SPLC’s advice, won’t list them – and they claim the SPLC’s so-called hate map is “uniquely detrimental and even dangerous to the Jewish community.”

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