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MGM Resorts funnels cash to Hamas-linked CAIR and Antifa apologists

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A major casino operator in Las Vegas is matching employee donations to phony civil rights groups, including HAMAS-linked CAIR and the pro-Antifa hate group Southern Poverty Law Center, in order to fight “hate” in the United States.

In response to terrorist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Barcelona, Spain, MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren denounced “hate speech and hate-based actions.” The huge publicly-traded gambling concern, is reportedly the largest casino operator on the Las Vegas Strip and has a global workforce of 77,000. According to WND, Murren “was a lifelong Republican before he endorsed Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.”

Fed by the establishment media’s exploitation of the tragic death caused by a reputed neo-Nazi at a misnamed “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, and after years of relative indifference to the terroristic and racist violence from the Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street movements, suddenly Murren wants to fight “hate” by giving money to groups that exist solely to generate “hate.”

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is an Islamist group linked to international terrorism that favors the imposition of Sharia law on America and undermines the Global War on Terror at every opportunity.

The fabulously wealthy Southern Poverty Law Center is an extreme left-wing group that smears those who dare to express skepticism about Islam and Muslim organizations as bigots and “Islamophobes.” The mainstream-conservative Family Research Council was attacked by a would-be mass murderer who relied on SPLC research that described FRC as a hate group. Another would-be mass murderer shot and nearly killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) after accessing SPLC research materials.

Islam expert Robert Spencer was targeted by the SPLC. His educational website Jihad Watch was accused of “extreme hostility toward Muslims” by the SPLC which led to online payment service PayPal suspending the site as an alleged hate group. PayPal reversed its decision after public backlash.

Liberty Counsel sued charity watchdog Guidestar for posting what it calls SPLC’s “false and defamatory” hate designations on its pages for various mainstream organizations.

But according to MGM’s Murren, CAIR and the SPLC stand against what politically correct left-wingers deem “hate,” so they deserve to be celebrated and funded.

“The events in Charlotttesville and Barcelona can easily cause us to feel overcome by hatred and gutted by violence, leaving open questions about our future – as a nation, a global society and even a human race,” MGM CEO James Murren wrote in a letter to the company’s employees that was published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The protection of human dignity, demonstrated in the form of tolerance and respect for all people is the core of our identity.”

He continued:

Free speech and equality are essential to democracy. The First Amendment provides that government shall not silence the voices of our citizens, no matter how vile or offensive we may find their ideals. Equality is also guaranteed by the Constitution and further strengthened by laws such as The Civil Rights Act. While hate mongers and white supremacists have a constitutional right to express their views, we must stand strongly in defiance of violence, bigotry and anything that threatens our precious right to equality.

Groups other than CAIR and the SPLC will also be eligible for the MGM employee gift match. Of course, all the groups are left-wing. Among them are the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Campaign, OCA National-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

If Murren had truly been concerned about the terrorist bombing in Barcelona and genuinely believed “we must stand strongly in defiance of violence,” then he shouldn’t be promoting the Council on American Islamic Relations, David Hogberg observes.

Radio host Wayne Allyn Root wondered aloud, “What CEO would tie his company to a group like [CAIR]?… He’d have to know his controversial choices involving these extreme groups would offend, outrage or chase off millions of his customers.”

Former Dutch lawmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said the SPLC “has hit the jackpot” in terms of taking in huge donations in the aftermath of unrest in Charlottesville. She noted that Apple has recently pledged $1 million to the SPLC; JP Morgan Chase & Co., $500,000; and celebrities George and Amal Clooney, $1 million.

“Nazism – not to mention white supremacy and racial bigotry – has no place in a civilized society. But is donating money to the SPLC the best way to combat this poison?”

The SPLC “is an organization that has lost its way, smearing people who are fighting for liberty and turning a blind eye to an ideology and political movement that has much in common with Nazism,” she said in a reference to the left-wing fascists of Antifa.

But the Southern Poverty Law Center and CAIR push all the correct left-wing, PC buttons, so there is no reason to believe the flood of cash to these two real-life hate groups will slow down anytime soon.

The mainstream media will make sure of that.

This article first appeared at FrontPageMag.