The Southern Poverty Law Center is already infamous for labeling as “hate groups” many conservative and Christian organizations. Now it’s put “Merry Christmas” and “Jesus” on its “monitoring hate” hashtags list.

● #merrychristmas comes in at number two.

● #jesus ranks number eight.

● Even #christmaseve made the list, coming in at number five.

Liberty Counsel is an Orlando-based non-profit legal organization that’s long been on the SPLC’s hate groups list.   “The SPLC’s idea that ‘Merry Christmas’ is a hateful, violent slur shows how far out of touch it is from reality,” Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver stated.  In the past, SPLC targeted groups that fought against civil rights or advocated violence, but in recent years it’s included organizations that don’t go along with the SPLC’s “politically correct” or more liberal views, declaring them hate groups guilty of hate speech.  “When the SPLC confuses a cheerful ‘Merry Christmas’ with an obscenity-laced rant threatening harm to a group of people, it loses all credibility,” Staver charged. CBN News has asked the SPLC for their reaction to Staver’s statement, but they have not responded to our inquiry. READ MORE