via the SPLC hate groups are "those having beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."
So how is a religious ideology or even a religion an "immutable characteristic"? Why are "anti-Muslims" tracked by the PC fascists at the SPLC, when much more venomous attacks on Christians by the likes of Bill Maher don't go into ze files?
How is it that scientists with the temerity to say that East Asians, on average, have higher IQ's than whites get tracked and labeled "White Nationalists". Huh?
The most racist, er, hateful, aspect of this chain of logic comes from the SPLC since THEIR thought police are the ones deciding that "higher mean IQ" is synonymous with "superior".
Finally, if "maligning a group" constitutes a hate/thought crime, then I can't think of a group more guilty than the SPLC. That's step 1 in their modus operandi.
What could be a more hateful method of maligning a group with a different political viewpoint than by listing including them in a list with the very most hated groups from history?
Certainly if a Christian group maintained "Intelligence files" of "sexual depravity" that lumped homosexuals and leftists in with child molesters, rapists and serial killers, the SPLC would not hesitate to label them a hate group.
And yet that's exactly what the SPLC does.
The SPLC viciously maligns groups they don't agree with by singling out individuals and grouping them with two of the most rightly despised groups from history, the Nazi's (socialists) and the KKK (Democrats).
This makes for great fund raising and the most vicious politics in America today. They've made a fortune for themselves at the expense of guilty gullible whites on the backs of the poor blacks they are supposed to be helping.
But unlike the hate groups of history, the SLPC is a very real and potent threat because they are very effective as silencing voices of opposition and intimidating their political opponents.
I should add that the SPLC is also rated an especially inefficient charity. I suppose that since most of what they do is either worthless symbolism (fighting aging neo-Nazi's and a handful of feeble-minded Klansmen) or destructive (enforcing fascist thought codes on academics, hectoring Christians and bullying cultural conservatives into silence), I suppose the scandalous misuse of donor funds is the most benevolent aspect of this hateful organization.