Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mr. Huckabee - your kind attention please

Mike Huckabee
Fox News
I will get to the substance of your tweet but first, about those offshore accounts. You are suggesting that the SPLC is doing something illicit or shady. In calendar year 2017, the IRS identified 2,561 nonprofits with assets exceeding $300,000,000 (excluding private foundations for which data is not available). Of those 2,561, 574, or about one-fourth, had offshore accounts. Were the data on private foundations available that number would be considerably higher.

The top 50 (by asset size) follow. The point is that you are smearing an organization with innuendo. I will spare your the MBA-in-a-minute. For you that would likely take more than an hour. The short explanation is that debt instruments are at near record low yields and almost all hedge funds are offshore with perfect legitimacy to avoid double-taxing some people. The list that follows includes the YMCA and other Christian organizations like Mercy Health, Ascension Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. The top 100 are even more revealing. I might create a reference page in the future for a great many more.

Take a few moments to review the list and then I will get to the rest of your tweet.

EIN NAME ASSETS
42103580 PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE 75,287,515,000
900424876 UAW RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS TR 58,966,480,912
941105628 KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS 44,703,206,468
941156365 THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY 37,767,407,673
60646973 YALE UNIVERSITY 34,103,002,387
210634501 TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 27,101,933,000
520891669 NATIONAL RURAL UTILITIES COOPERATIVE FINANCE CORP 25,158,878,343
42103594 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 22,177,032,000
590735717 HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE 21,082,502,290
941340523 KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC 19,931,581,625
382227794 MICHIGAN CATASTROPHIC CLAIMS ASSOCIATION U S 18,509,374,665
231352685 TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 17,580,872,000
135598093 TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK 16,672,598,896
110303001 FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND 16,092,079,593
912153073 CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION 14,409,054,021
43070522 HARVARD MANAGEMENT PRIVATE EQUITY CORPORATION 14,395,654,920
941196203 DIGNITY HEALTH 13,884,757,255
362167817 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 13,658,756,847
350868188 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME DU LAC 13,255,648,757
560532129 DUKE UNIVERSITY 12,594,506,113
150532082 CORNELL UNIVERSITY 12,369,905,113
580566256 EMORY UNIVERSITY 12,265,793,650
135562308 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 11,191,514,569
430653611 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 11,081,059,000
362177139 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO 10,820,592,775
416011702 MAYO CLINIC 10,567,276,989
951642394 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 10,268,789,127
450233470 BANNER HEALTH 9,892,110,004
912154267 MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER 9,885,345,175
980543843 THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION 9,660,981,405
942854057 IHC HEALTH SERVICES INC 9,566,187,662
364724966 NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE 9,522,248,401
520595110 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 9,228,229,000
990073480 TRUSTEES OF THE ESTATE OF BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP 8,556,638,692
453358926 ASCENSION HEALTH ALLIANCE 8,541,521,970
131599108 CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 8,261,580,000
362193608 SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN 8,194,679,019
470617373 CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES 7,858,341,860
362169147 ADVOCATE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION 7,758,491,097
208295721 UPMC 7,660,676,964
311161086 MERCY HEALTH 7,636,291,680
980380092 GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA 7,561,667,280
20222111 TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 7,256,079,813
205205488 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 7,240,507,464
351955872 INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH INC 7,218,875,667
986001062 CHANCELLOR MASTERS & SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD 6,996,946,516
561776668 GOTHIC CORPORATION 6,748,527,659
530242652 NATURE CONSERVANCY 6,697,479,313
135562401 YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION RETIREMENT FUND 6,684,628,047
223138409 HARVARD PRIVATE CAPITAL REALTY INC 6,624,554,194

You have smeared the SPLC by highlighting their endowment (which is a ridiculous assumption). There are scores (if not hundreds) of Christian organizations with greater assets and many of those have offshore accounts. But what upsets you, presumably, are the 50 or so organizations named as anti-LGBT hate groups. I have yet to hear from just one of these groups (or you for that matter) what exactly the SPLC gets wrong about them.

Does the mere fact that some of these are Christian groups provide them with a pass? Dogma provides an escape from criticism just because you agree with it? The Klan is a Christian group. Are you suggesting, sir, that conservative Christianity shields them from criticism for their anti-LGBT activities. As of March 11, 2019 there are 1,691,200 nonprofit organizations in America. About 50 of those are deemed to be hate groups. You are smearing an organization for identifying a tiny group of organizations (for the most part based on their own public statements) as hate groups. You appear to be a proponent of Christian privilege.

Finally, the termination of Morris Dees seems important to you. The SPLC has not issued a statement indicating why he was fired. However, the organization has sent a clear signal that nobody is beyond accountability. That includes the organization's revered co-founder.

Where, by the way, is your condemnation of Family Research Council for all of the anti-Islam extremism uttered by the organization's second most senior executive  (Jerry Boykin)? Where was your condemnation for the unambiguous and persistent anti-Semitism of Don Wildmon, founder of American Family Association? Those two “gentlemen” are still on their organizations' payrolls.

I could go on at considerable length about the bigotry and hypocrisy that emanates from those same Christian groups that you feel have been maligned by the SPLC. You are trying to shield those groups regardless of their recklessness and incivility.

Finally, Mr. Huckabee, you have smeared the SPLC as “a front for uber-liberal political causes.” You have not bothered to mention what those causes are. Or are you wed to the notion that deeming a so-called Christian organization a hate group because it does hateful things is “uber-liberal” per se?

What makes these hate groups particularly reprehensible, Mr. Huckabee, is the fact that they are targeting children. Kids whose sexuality does not conform to ancient scripture are demonized and marginalized. Ancient texts preempt medical science for these hate groups. Presumably you are of the same mind. Shame on you for your ignorance and for enabling sociopaths.

You and your ilk are perpetually pissed off. You are always finding an enemy; someone to blame for an imagined failing. Yet, your own daughter lies every single day to the American people. That doesn't say much for the values that you instilled in her. Maybe your priorities are just a bit misaligned.

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