Mr. Moniz and Mr. Pullman, and the Hill Country News staff as a whole:
My name is Arthur Schaper, and I am the Organization Director for MassResistance.
I am pleased that your local newspaper reported on the efforts of our team's victory in getting the Drag Queen Story Hour program cancelled at the Leander, Texas, Library.
The Leander library has canceled two events originally scheduled for June, purportedly after receiving public backlash over one of those events. Valeri Abrego-Liszewski, an Austin-based …
However, the fact that your paper would reference the discredited, hateful smear machine "The Southern Poverty Law Center" in describing our international Organization MassResistance is nothing short of unprofessional. What kind of journalist would reference such an dishonest organization?
This is the citation of deep outrage to us:
Corpus Christi resident Tracy Shannon contacted the Hill Country News on Facebook Thursday, stating she was a founding member of the Houston chapter of MassResistance Texas, which bills itself as a “pro-family activist organization,” and said that group planned to hold a protest at the Leander Library if the event goes ahead as planned.
The group’s Texas Facebook page did not yet list anything about Leander Thursday afternoon, though its website includes several articles about their opposition to a similar event in Houston earlier this year.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated MassResistance an anti-gay hate group. MassResistance has rebuked the claim in past statements.
Before launching into the deeper concern connected with the SPLC, you should know that Mrs, Shannon lives in the Houston Metro, not Corpus Christi. That is a glaring mistake right there.
Now, regarding the Southern Poverty Law Center. Apparently, your editors and reporters have not done much research. The SPLC is a hate group. They are a determined smear merchant which labels any group or activism organization as a "hate group" simply because they do not agree with the views of the group.
Their hateful remarks have particularly defamed a number of Jewish Americans. I have researched this considerably, and my findings are quite troubling:
Nick Martin, investigative "journalist" Anti-Semitic bigot The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate group in its own right, has spent t...
One of the SPLC's own members has affirmed that they merely want to target and destroy conservative groups, nothing more. The fact that you would reference a group which is the subject of at least four lawsuits for defamation as well as theft of private information is nothing short of despicable.
|Morris Dees, FIRED for sexual abuse|
and racial animus in SPLC
One of the co-founders, Mr. Morris Dees, was fired from the organization for creating a hostile working environment suffused with racism and sexism. He also engaged in sexual misconduct against other employees. The previous President, Mr. Richard Cohen, was forced to resign because he had overseen the organization, yet did nothing to protect the men and women including those individuals of color, within the organization. On top of that, the legal director was also forced to resign, in part because of damage control.
A free press includes the responsibility to report the truth and to monitor and way evidence. Honestly, a high school student would have written something more professional, more appropriate. Out of nowhere, Mr. Moniz just suddenly references the SPLC. Seriously? It doesn't even have anything to do with the main article!
Furthermore, that label "hate group" is quite libelous. I will say this again:
1. Our President, Brian Camenker, is an orthodox Jew.
2. Our membership includes individuals from different countries (Nigeria, Chile, Taiwan, Hong Kong) as well as states.
3. One of our most vocal activists, Linda Rodriguez of Houston, is of Hispanic descent, yet has longer and stronger ties to the United States than even I do.
4. We have mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers who are fighting to protect their children from predators and purveyors of mental disorders. Do you honestly believe that loving parents and guardians are "haters"?
On behalf of our international organization, I demand the following:
1. You will issue a full retraction of that reference to the SPLC, and direct your staff no longer to reference that discredited group.
2. You will post an apology for such a hollow, uninformed reference.
Our community of activists will be contacting your office on the matter presently.
I am urging everyone who receives this email in BCC and on the public post to contact the Hill Country News. Inform that they must issue the retraction and apology, or you will begin boycotting their advertisers.
Phone: (512) 259-4449
Senior Editor Josh Moniz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher Scott Pullman: email@example.com
Organization Director, MassResistance