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SPLC: Dove Outreach on Hate Groups List

4 December 2010 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Terry Jones

The SPLC has put the “Dove World” organization on their hate groups list. We are still waiting for the SPLC to put Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) on the hate list.

Dove World to be listed as a hate group

By Chad Smith
Staff writer

Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
Dove World Outreach Center, the Gainesville church behind the “Islam is of the devil” signs and plans to burn the Quran, will be listed next year as a hate group, joining the likes of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced this week.

“It wasn’t a very hard call to be honest with you,” said Mark Potok, who tracks extremism for the Montgomery, Ala.-based civil rights organization and serves as editor of its magazine. “Essentially (Dove World Pastor Terry Jones) is completely over the top with his hatred of gay people and of Muslims.”

In the latest issue of the SPLC publication, the church was featured with 17 other small groups around the country that “pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities.”

SPLC noted Dove World’s anti-gay stances, including its “No homo Mayor” signs during the city’s spring elections and its joining with the controversial Westboro Baptist Church — a small Kansas church that protests military funerals and other denominations — when that church was in town in April.

“I don’t know of any other group at all that has demonstrated alongside the Westboro Baptist Church,” Potok said.

Dove World will become the third Gainesville-based hate group on the SPLC’s list, joining an Imperial Klans of America chapter and a skinhead group called The Hated. Others listed include the Nation of Islam, the Jewish Defense League and Westboro.

Jamal Alshaer, the former interim director of the Islamic Center of Gainesville, said Dove World qualifies for the list.

Original post: SPLC: Dove Outreach on Hate Groups List


  1. The Dove group does have some problems. I don’t know that they rank right up there with the KKK. But I suppose in today’s world, where witch hunts seem ever so popular, someone somewhere will think of them that way because they have no sense of scale and proportionality. While I won’t defend the Doves for their anti gay rhetoric, the stated intention of the Koran burning was to protest Islamists’ contention that the Koran gives them moral justification. Terry Jones, whatever other “causes” he pursues, was not crazy in this particular rant. Just as anyone is free in the US to burn a US flag in protest against what they see as un-American sentiment or actions by our government, so too was Terry Jones free to protest Islamists reference use of Koran to justify their tactics by burning the Koran. Get it?
    The SPLC is a bit of a loose canon when it comes to listing organizations as hate groups or profiling them in their Hatewatch Newsletter as suspect hate groups. It’s a good idea to really scrutinize what they are claiming before jumping on their bandwagon. Some time ago (a year or so), they included a local government agency in Georgia (if I have my state right) in their Hatewatch Newsletter because, like lots of other municipalites around the country, they were participating the the Fed’s 287g anti-illegal immigration program.
    The SPLC is vehemently anti-Conservative and as such views anything designed to curb illegal immigration, even lawful participation in federal programs, as “anti-immigrant” and therefore worthy of a mention. But of course, they must conflate the issue to justify the listing.

  2. putting “hate” signs in front of your church is wrong and racism.
    kkk also used bible to justify their actions. so, would that give us good reason to burn bible?

  3. @josephS

    “…protest Islamists’ contention that the Koran gives them moral justification. ”

    Do you see this as different in principle than Christians claiming moral justification from the Bible?

    It’s a sincere question. I feel as though I’m missing something in your thoughtful response.

  4. Booker – No, I do not see a difference. I don’t have any problem with religion or religious people, but I have no time for the use of scripture to justify violence.
    Outside of that sphere it gets dicey, and while I’m practically an atheist, I see much of the good having religion can do, from charity to general good will.

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