Hate Groups

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

The Southern Poverty Law Center did its homework once again and found that there are 1,020 active hate groups operating in the United States.

1,020 organized groups exist because their members hate something or someone. Seriously? That is 1,020 organized groups with who knows how many members whose purpose for existing is to show their hate for something or someone. That is a whole lot of hate. What do they hate? Avocados? Spinach? Dogs or cats? I think not. Most of the time it is human beings: people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Native Americans; anyone who is not white, not Christian and  not born here in America. Not sure why Native Americans have a hate group against them. Oh well, life is a mystery.

Most recently, we have seen the hate shown to the Muslim community in New Zealand, and here in America there have been videos from college campuses (not from the 1970s or 80s but today) where students are in blackface, have nooses hanging from doorways, show swastikas on walls. Hate is alive and well.

As a Dominican Sister of Peace, it would be a little ironic for me to belong to a hate group but wouldn’t it be OK to hate the haters? Probably not, and you all know why. People of the Gospels live under the mantle of Love thy neighbor as you would love your self. So I guess that if you hate your self, then a hate group would be the perfect fit.

Posted in News, Weekly Word

14 responses to “Hate Groups

  1. Thanks, Pat! Just got around to reading oppeace today. This is a very good, thought-provoking blog.

  2. Wow, what a wonderful blog! Thanks Pat, you said it like it is. It can be scary at times to here that there are that many hate groups in the USA. Why is the questions for it for those hate groups to continue? We need a lot of prayers for this to end.

  3. Pat, thanks for your blog. I am dismayed at the level of hate, violence and disrespect for life in this country, but here’s a coincidence: When I heard of the firing of the founder of SPLC, Morris Dees, I looked on my friend Google to find out why. Turns out, mostly according to staffers, that SPLC is not all it’s cracked up to be (and I was a strong supporter). I am disillusioned big time, and just took their latest newsletter out of our reading room.

  4. That sure was right to the point. Staggering information
    though. We need to pray and work for PEACE.

  5. Sr. Pat, what a sad and evil work. To hate others so much is so opposite what Christ and other religious leaders teach. What can we do but pray to help others know there is a better way of life. Bunny

  6. Thank you, Pat,
    I knew their were hate groups yet had no idea how many.
    It is so sad. I will pray for them to turn from hate to love and to experience how much better our world would be
    If they did.

    Blessings and peace,
    Sr. Brigid, OP

    1. Sister. I am a white, christian, male, born in America and there are plenty of hate groups against me. Your words lead one to believe that if your a white Christian male, your in the majority of hate groups. I assure you, this is the opposite of reality.

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