Goliath ‘Smear Machine’ SPLC Has Met Its David

Jordan Boyd
The Federalist
July 12, 2023

‘If the SPLC was not supported and propelled by the mainstream, traditional media, they would just be another hate-mongering, money-making organization,’ King said.


Five years ago, Dustin Inman Society (DIS) Founder and President D.A. King didn’t know how he would be forced to deal with smears against his organization from the Southern Poverty Law Center, but that didn’t stop him from filing a landmark lawsuit against one of the biggest anti-Christian, anti-conservative organizations in the nation.

“I’m proud that we constructed a factual complaint that the judge observed ‘the plaintiff has the best argument,’” King told The Federalist. “All we did in the complaint was outline some — not all — of the facts of the case.”

The SPLC is known for tarnishing organizations with Christian missions or conservative ties by disseminating its 1,225-organization-long “hate group” list to Democrat allies in CongressBig Tech, and woke corporations. The leftist activist organization has also gained infamy in recent years for galvanizing a Virginia man to attack the Family Research Council and the behavior of its staff, like lawyer Thomas Webb Jurgens, who faces domestic terrorism charges for targeting an Atlanta police training facility with rocks and incendiaries.

An analysis of White House visitor logs by The Daily Signal shows SPLC staff have met with President Joe Biden and members of his cabinet nearly a dozen times since he took office. It was mere months after the SPLC’s latest meeting at the executive mansion that it dubbed a dozen grassroots parents’ rights organizations as hate groups.

Until the SPLC openly committed to continuing the Biden regime’s crusade against concerned parents like those at Moms For Liberty, King said he believed his lawsuit was the only opportunity that “normal Americans and conservatives have to show the world who the Southern Poverty Law Center really is.”

In his defamation case brought against the SPLC, King argued that the SPLC did not conduct a “meaningful fact finding or investigation” before dubbing his organization a hate group for “vilifying all immigrants” in the SPLC’s 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 annual Intelligence Report magazine.

King also noted that the SPLC was “aware of Mr. King’s documented history of opposing only ‘illegal immigration’ through the ‘enforcement of immigration laws’ and of not opposing legal immigration” and even “explicitly stated” that DIS was not a “hate group” in 2011.

Yet, the SPLC repeatedly refused to rescind its characterization of DIS as an “anti-immigrant hate group” because it is “an expression of opinion protected under the First Amendment” and “not capable of being empirically proven true or false.”