SPLC: Dove Outreach on Hate Groups List
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.
By Chad Smith
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.
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