The Atlantic Wire fell for the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center's claim that there has been a rise in the number of hate groups. The expansion in the number of hate groups, it turns out, is entirely a function of the expansion of the definition of what the group considers a "hate group."
What is a hate group to the Southern Poverty Law Center? Any group that disagrees with its left wing political beliefs, and it now includes any group that disagrees with the political agenda of gay rights groups.
The number of hate groups is not growing. The only thing that is growing is Southern Poverty Law Center's overactive ideological imagination.
The pejorative labeling the group is engaging in is almost enough to put it in the category of left wing hate groups.