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Apple Donating $2M to Group That Equates Christian Organizations With the KKK

After Charlottesville, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the tech giant would donate to the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced earlier this month that the tech giant would donate $2 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal-leaning organization known for labeling Christian organizations as “hate groups.”

Cook’s decision to tangle Apple’s brand with SPLC occurred after President Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville protests.

SPLC’s decision to label Christian organizations as “hate groups” stems from those organization’s “biblical view of homosexuality,” according to Fox News.

At least one organization, the D. James Kennedy Ministries in Florida, is suing SPLC for “deceptive practices.” The ministry organization asserts that SPLC “wrongly asserts that some organizations breed or fuel hate because of their religious positions on such things as same-sex marriage and other social issues.”

SPLC set out in 1971 to fight the Ku Klux Klan, a fact for which even critics praise the group. But observers have noted an uptick in SPLC’s “hate” designations, particularly since the start of the Trump administration. Now the group is equating the KKK with Christian organizations, a step too far, some argue.

But increasingly, especially since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, both liberals and conservatives say that SPLC has grown overzealous – bringing down its huge and very high-profile “hate-group” hammer on not just people and organizations that actually encourage hate and violence against certain groups, but also on those who simply don’t fall in line with liberal positions on hot-button social issues.

Cook, who has publicly sparred with Trump in the past, is no stranger to liberal causes. Cook decried the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords back in May.