The Southern Poverty Law Center, which despite its name is fabulously wealthy and keeps a good deal of its war chest overseas, is being slammed by 100 prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbis across the U.S. for its role in helping Amazon choose which charities to donate to as a benefit to Amazon customers.
Launched in 2013, AmazonSmile lets customers select a charity to which Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items. The company uses the SPLC to separate legitimate charities from so-called “hate groups” ineligible to get donations.
The Sept. 1 letter from The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), obtained exclusively by Fox News, describes the SPLC’s “hate map” feature as “uniquely detrimental and even dangerous to the Jewish community.” It is addressed to Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
The letter alleges that the SPLC “frequently vilifies groups based upon nothing more than their advocacy for biblically-based beliefs about sexuality and family ethics that were uncontroversial a generation or two ago.” On the other hand, the rabbis say, the SPLC map does not include groups “which ally with international terror organizations, openly glorify murder under the guise of ‘resistance,’ and frequently descend into clearly anti-Semitic expression.”
“According to the SPLC, Christians can only incite hate, and Muslims can only be its victims,” the letter states. “Yet more Jews have been murdered in the past 50 years due to radical Islamic terror organizations than all those groups that the SPLC does mention — combined. This level of dishonesty directly endangers the Jewish community.”