Supporters of the Family Research Council will no longer be able to use the Amazon Smile program to help support the two premier religious liberty organizations thanks to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Through Amazon Smile, users of the behemoth online retailer can opt to have a portion of their payments for everyday purchases go to the charity of their choice without paying any additional cost.
Because of its designation as a “hate group” by SPLC, FRC has been removed from the program, alongside Alliance Defending Freedom who was removed in 2018.
In an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Times, Kay C. James, president of The Heritage Foundation, denounced the decision by Amazon:
While Amazon customers can use the AmazonSmile program to donate a portion of each purchase to left-leaning organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Center for American Progress (and to be fair, to many right-leaning organizations, too), Amazon has decided to single out a few well-known conservative organizations like FRC and ADF from receiving part of the tens of millions of dollars the program raises each year from customers.
James also turned on the SPLC for acting as thought police and deeming conservative organizations as “hate groups.”
“The SPLC has labeled some of the mainstream conservative organizations it disagrees with as ‘hate groups’ and publishes their names in a directory alongside real hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. Amazon won’t allow any group that’s on the SPLC’s ‘hate list’ to participate in AmazonSmile,” she wrote.
“The SPLC itself is a completely discredited organization. It bills itself as being on the front lines in the fight against racial inequality and injustice, yet last year its own staffers accused its leadership of years of racial and gender discrimination and of widespread sexual harassment,” James went on. “Whistleblowers said that the organization had a ‘systemic culture of racism and sexism within its workplace.’ As a result, its cofounder and president were both forced out.”
“With all this baggage and the SPLC’s known bias against conservatives, one has to wonder why Amazon is using the center to determine which nonprofits are acceptable and which are not. Yet, recently, at the urging of Amazon’s board of directors, shareholders defeated a resolution that would have ended the use of the SPLC’s defamatory list,” James continued.
“It’s also unconscionable that Amazon would legitimize the SPLC’s list. In doing so, Amazon is telling millions of its customers who share the same traditional Christian or conservative beliefs that they are hateful, too,” she concluded. “A piece of free advice for Amazon’s board of directors: I’ve served on several corporate boards during my career, and it’s just bad business to alienate upwards of half of your customers.”
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