Do you want the SPLC teaching your child tolerance?

His annual income exceeds $230,000 , of which more than $160,000 annually is derived from municipal bonds upon which Morris Dees, President of the SPLC (pictured at right) pays no income tax

Early in the marriage, Morris gave his wife, Maureene, a book on "Open Marriage" and started encouraging her to have sexual intercourse with other men

He had an affair with Dianne Hicks, a Mobile lawyer who was working for the Southern Poverty Law Center

He had a relationship with Vicki Booker McGaha in August of 1977

He enjoyed trying to turn on gay people and he expressed a desire to have an experience with a gay

Had an affair with Cathy Bennett who was a psychologist who had worked with Morris on several cases

In the fall of 1977, Morris and Maureene held a Little Theater party at their home, attended by Dr. Rogers, a Montgomery physician, and his wife Judith, who is a criminal psychologist. During the party Morris admits that he took Judith into a back room of his house, while the party was going on, and had intercourse with her

Had sex with Deborah Levy. His wives found them on the sandbar and Dees then insisted Maureene have sex with Deborah's boyfriend, Michael Gaas.

On August 11,1978, Maureene and Morris' tenth anniversary, Morris proposed that Charlie Springman who was the Regional Coordinator for the National Endowment of the Arts, spend the night with them. Dee's and Springman had sexual relations with each other that night

Dee's molested Holly Buck, Maureene's daughter by a previous marriage, when she was 16 in 1977.

Had sex with Karen Sherman Dees is Morris' daughter-in-law, who is married to Morris' son Scooter (Morris, HI) Karen when Morris went out to go swimming

Here's an example of an elaborate scheme by WBC detractors, published by

SPLC which led to a fruitless investigation of Pastor Phelps and WBC by the FBI.

Although the SPLC promised to remove the lies from its Web site, promised to

publish a retraction, and promised to publicly apologize – the lies remain on its

website. Some pervert opened a yahoo e-mail account pretending to be Pastor

Phelps; to wit: In SPLC's Intelligence Report" on the

Web, SLPC put the following malicious libel against Pastor Phelps:


During the summer, a Jewish Topekan named Lief Dolan sends Phelps an Email

asking him to stop picketing Dolan's synagogue because "you are scaring

my children." The reply from reads: "SHUT UP YOU


your children had better watch your back when you get out of temple, this is not a

threat but a promise." Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report, 2001.

When the FBI showed up at WBC to interview Pastor Phelps, with a copywith a copy

of the lie published by SPLC, it became clear SPLC would stop at nothing

to silence WBC's gospel message: God hates fags and fag-enablers.

Ergo, God hates Morris

Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

SPLC has enough money in the bank that it could stop fundraising and collecting

money right now and have enough revenue to operate for the next five to six

years. Here are some financial highlights from SPLC's IRS Form 990 for the

period ending 10/31/2004


􀂃 SPLC's total gross receipts for the year (page 1, line L), $59,737,766.

􀂃 Profit for the year (page 1, Line 18), $6,614,362.

􀂃 Total assets (page 3, Line 59), $173,185,250.

􀂃 Morris Dees' annual compensation (page 4, Part V), $295,718.

􀂃 Director of Membership's compensation (page 7), $112,566.

􀂃 Fundraising/direct marketing consultant costs (page 7, Part II), $331,305.

􀂃 Total endowment assets:36,000,000 in


Cash $ 351,902

Equity Investments $105,699,938

Fixed Income Investments $ 30,474,371

TOTAL $136,526,211

For the period ending 10/31/2004, the SPLC banked another $6,614,362 in profit.

Oh, "non-profits" cannot have profit… let's restate it, $6,614,362 in excess

revenue over expense. Total assets for the SPLC were $173,185,250… My

goodness, if Mr. Dees continues at this rate, he'll soon have a quarter of a billion

dollars for this "non-profit" for the impoverished. Mr. Dees is well compensated

at just shy of $300,000 annually. I wonder how many of his impoverished clients

make this much? How about… zero! And, why would a non-profit legal clinic

need a Director of Membership at $100,000+ and marketing consultant costing

over $300,000 annually? One word… fundraising. It must be nice to have a

portfolio worth more than $136,000,000 and growing.

Morris Dees has been married four times. The Watchdogs, 2nd Ed., Laird Wilcox, 1999, p. 58.

Although Maureene was subjected to

a number of degrading sexual episodes by Morris during the marriage which will

be discussed hereafter, neither Morris nor Maureene ever wanted or sought a

divorce until Morris established his permanent relationship with Vicki Booker

McGaha in August of 1977. It was Morris' absolute refusal to give up his

mistress, whom he was supporting and whom he had made pregnant, that

directly caused termination of Maureene's marriage and forced her to institute

these divorce proceedings. In August, 1977, Morris tried the "Weisenhunt case"

in Birmingham, and became acquainted with Vicki Booker McGaha, who was a

member of that jury (R. 1459). Thereafter, Morris and Vicki began a sexual affair

which has still not ended, and which was the cause of termination of two

marriages. Dees v. Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 7.

Maureene first found out about Vicki when she was contacted by Vicki's

husband, who subsequently turned over to her letters that Morris had written to

Vicki and tape recordings of conversations that Morris had had with Vicki (R.

361-362). Mr. McGaha divorced Vicki McGaha in May, 1978 (R. 1469). Around

this time, at Morris' request, Maureene met with Morris and Vicki at the Sheraton

Mountain Brook Inn to discuss the situation (R. 358). During this conversation

Morris told Maureene that he was in love with Vicki, that they wanted to be

together, and they didn't care if they had anything but a shack with a dirt floor if

they could be together (R. 358). Dees v. Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No.

2114, page 7.

After Maureene and Morris had been separated for about four to six weeks,

Morris telephoned her and said that he had made a mistake, that he did love

Maureene and wanted her back, and he swore never to see Vicki McGaha again

(R. 282). To assure her of this Morris arranged another meeting among the three

of them at Joe Levin's lake cabin on July 3, 1978 (R. 367, et seq). This meeting

was bizarre. In a three-way conversation Morris would first ask Vicki to state how

much she loved him, and he would then turn to Maureene to ask her to state how

much she loved him (R. 367). It was as if he were staging a contest to see who

loved him the most, or who would do the most for him (R. 367). Dees v. Dees,

Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 7.

On March 4, 1979, Maureene walked naively into the trap which Morris had set.

On that date, she flew to Washington, D.C., where she met Brian O'Daugharty

(R. 576). Maureene knew Mr. O'Daugherty in connection with her work on the

National Endowment, and he was the Director of the Media Arts Program (R.

341). Morris had told her that she could see anyone she wanted, as long as she

was discreet (R. 578), and her flight to Washington was booked under the name

of Betty Foster (R. 576). Maureene and O'Daugherty had dinner together on the

night of March 4th, and returned to her hotel room (R. 578). When they were in

bed together, Morris and a Montgomery private detective, both of whom had

been hiding in the bathroom, jumped out and started taking photographs. Morris

said word in substance as follows:

"Alright sister, you wanted a divorce. Now I want one, because I've

got you where I want you." (R. 586)

Morris was acting crazy, and Maureene thought he was going to kill everybody in

sight. He told her that he had five detectives with him (R. 592). He hit her and

gave her a busted jaw. (R. 592). He then started writing something on paper

which he then gave her to sign (R. 422-423).

Early in the marriage, Morris gave her a book on "Open Marriage" and started

encouraging her to have sexual intercourse with other men (R. 419-420). Dees

v. Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 13.

He said further that he enjoyed trying to turn on gay people and he

expressed a desire to have an experience with a gay (R. 354). Dees v.

Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 13.

Becky Logan. During the year or so after they were married, Maureene became

aware that her husband was having an affair with a woman name Becky Logan

(R. 458). During the same period, she began receiving anonymous telephone

calls concerning her husband and a black woman in town (R. 459). Dees v.

Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 13.

Dianne Hicks. In his deposition, Morris admits that in the spring of 1973 (Morris

depo. p. 27), or during the summer of 1973 (Morris depo. p. 25), he had an affair

with Dianne Hicks, a Mobile lawyer who was working for the Southern Poverty

Law Center (Morris depo. p. 25). He had sex with her during a canoe trip down

the Tallapoosa River (Morris depo. p.25), and also in Brewton where they were

working together on a trial (Morris depo. p. 26-27). Dees v. Dees, Brief of

Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 13.

Cathy Bennett. In the fall of 1974, Morris brought to the family home in

Mathews a girl named Cathy Bennett who was a psychologist who had worked with Morris on several cases (R. 284). She stayed in their home in Mathews for

about a week, during which time they had Bobby Kennedy there as a guest (R.

285). Maureene was suspicious of her husband's relationship with this girl (R.

286), and later Morris admitted having an affair with her (R. 1325). Morris told

Mrs. Dees that his affair with her was over in December, 1974, but she later

found that he and Cathy continued to conduct an affair in Atlanta where Morris

lived for a period during the Jimmy Carter campaign (R. 287, 291). Dees v. Dees,

Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 13.

Judith Rogers. In the fall of 1977 (R. 1344), Morris and Maureene held a Little

Theatre party at their home, attended by Dr. Rogers, a Montgomery physician,

and his wife Judith, who is a criminal psychologist (R. 292, 1344, 1345). During

the party Morris admits that he took Judith into a back room of his house, while

the party was going on, and had intercourse with her (R. 1344, 293). Dees v.

Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 14.

Deborah Levy. In the spring of 1976, Morris invited to the house Deborah Levy

who worked for the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, and the man with

whom she lived in New York, Michael Gaas (R. 299, 303). The Southern Poverty

Law Center was considering starting a magazine in opposition to the death

penalty, and Morris was interviewing Deborah Levy for the job of running the

magazine (R. 301). She was not hired for the job, but she and her boyfriend did

visit the Dees home in Mathews for several days on two different occasions (R.

301). in August, 1976, Morris and Maureene took them on a canoe trip down the

river (R. 202-203). After supper, they had all gone to bed in sleeping bags, when

Maureene woke up and found Morris and Deborah naked, having sex on the

sandbar (R. 306). Morris turned to Maureene and insisted that she have sex with

the other man. (R. 306). Later Maureene went back to sleep and woke up shortly

before dawn, and found Morris and Deborah having intercourse again right next

to her (R. 307).

Charlie Springman (homosexual). On August 11, 1978, Maureene and Morris'

tenth anniversary, they were having dinner at the Watergate Hotel in

Washington, D.C., and afterward had drinks in the bar (R. 333, et seq). In the

bar, they saw Charlie Springman, who Maureene knew as a Regional

Coordinator for the National Endowment of the Arts (R. 335). She had told

Morris that Springman was gay, but Morris had never met him. When they saw

him in the bar, Morris suggested inviting him over for a drink (R. 335). After a

while, to Maureene's surprise, Morris suggested that Charlie come up to the

room with them (R. 336). In the room, they drank wine and talked, and Morris

unbuttoned his shirt to the waist (R. 336). Charlie tried to leave several times but

Morris wouldn't let him (R. 337). Finally Morris proposed that Charlie spend the

night with them (R. 337). Mrs. Dees protested, and put on her robe and

nightgown to go to bed (R. 337-338). Soon Charlie and Morris were in the bed

naked, with Maureene in the middle with her gown on (R. 338-339). Springman

and Morris hugged and kissed, and Morris tried to get Charlie to have relations

with Maureene, but Springman was physically unable to because he was not

interested (R. 340). Dees v. Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page 15.

Morris' Step-Daughter. Holly Buck, Maureene's daughter by a previous

marriage, is eighteen years old (R. 728). She was seven years old when her

mother and Morris married, and she has lived with them in the house at Mathews

from then until the separation (R. 728). Holly testified that, in the summer of

1977, Morris attempted to molest her in the following incident (R. 729): One night

Maureene and Morris were sitting drinking wine and discussing a case Morris

was trying. She was with them. Around eleven or twelve o'clock Maureene went

to bed and Holly stayed up with Morris discussing the case. Morris kept offering

Holly wine some of which she accepted. At Morris' suggestion, they went outside

to the pool, and he suggested that they go for a swim, but Holly was tired and

declined (R. 731). She went to her room and then went into the bathroom.

Looking out the window, she saw Morris in the bushes beside the bathroom

window looking in (R. 731). She said "Morris, is that you", but he said nothing

and ran away (R. 732). Two months later, she was asleep one night and Morris

entered her room from Ellie's room, through the bathroom. He was in his

underwear and he sat on the bed where Holly was lying on her stomach facing

away from the door. He touched her on the back and woke her up. He told her

that he had bought her a present, and he presented her with a vibrator. He

plugged it in and said he had brought it to her. He proceeded to rub it on her

back and said, "Let me show you how to use it" (R. 733). She said that's not

necessary, but he started to place it between her legs when she raised he voice

and said no loudly. He then took the vibrator and left (R. 734). All he had on

was a pair of bikini underwear shorts (R. 734). About two hours later, she had

fallen back asleep and he came back in (R. 735). He brought the vibrator with

him, plugged it in and said again, "Let me show you how to use it." He tried to

show her again by putting it between her legs, but she raised her voice again and

he stopped. He took it and left (R. 635). She did not tell her mother about this

incident until the separation when they moved out of the Mathews house in the

spring of 1979 (R. 736). Dees v. Dees, Brief of Appellant, Case No. 2114, page

15, 16.


Intolerance Identified
Morris Dees & The Southern Poverty Law Center

by Karen De Coster

"Hate-watching" has become an enterprising sport in America. As so-called
hate-watch groups and organizations spring up all across the country, they
are venerated for their courage and unwavering defense of minority classes.
They are touted as the great overseers of the civil rights granted to
minorities by government.

For persons and organizations that wish to become powerful and recognizable
to mainstream America, hate-watching is a clever way to earn a secure
living. They can do so under the false flag of protecting minority identity
and opportunity, though crying hate has become the call to arms for the
protected classes against traditional culture.

Who are the true intolerants? Are they fervent Christians? Or is it the
so-called watchdog groups that profit from the anger and backlash of
protected classes who are themselves strangled by government policies?

The most notable of such prevaricators is the not-so-impecunious Southern
Poverty Law Center, headed by lawyer Morris Dees. Mr. Dees is a leftist icon
of sorts. He manages to reap gorgeous profits from his not-for- profit
business through website terrorism and hyper-emotional junk-mail campaigns.

The SPLC is the lead aggressor against right-wing organizations that are
ideologically unappealing to Mr. Dees and his fellow intolerants. What SPLC
does is use its government-approved coercive powers to ruin businesses,
smear reputations, and try to force people to participate in their farcical
diversity movement through "monitoring," while exposing alleged fascists,
white-supremicists, and even (gasp!) pro-Confederates.

These accusations are gathered in the SPLC's Intelligence Report, a
scuttlebutt rag that generates severe intolerance against any ideological
group that doesn't agree with its pinko views. One of the latest hits from
the Intelligence Report has been directed toward the Ludwig von Mises
Institute of Auburn, Alabama, an educational organization dedicated to
Austrian economics and classical liberalism. Such dedicated passions toward
education and the advancement of intellectual spirit apparently are not
sanctioned by the SPLC's intolerant bunch.

Another organization that has come under fire is the League of the South, an
organization inspired by the political theory of self-government, especially
with regard to local rule. As if smearing the Mises Institute and the League
of the South weren't enough, the SPLC attempts to link the two, in effect,
implying that any educational institution in the South with libertarian-like
views must be composed of Confederate sympathizers, and therefore, is racist
and hate-filled.

Victimology is an art at SPLC. The past deeds of Morris Dees sensationalize
race relations and patriotic uprisings, while encouraging deep fear in
individuals who see themselves as victims of an unfair political system.
Without producing this fear and victimological thinking, the center could
not possibly raise the huge funds necessary for such a tireless spy machine.

The SPLC is exactly such a contrivance, in fact. It is also a newspeak
machine that does not use logical reasoning or philosophical arguments to
make its case, but rather, emotional attacks that bait the weak-minded, and
seduce those looking for monetary "justice."

Organizations like the SPLC are empowered by government agencies in the
civil rights sector, and they are supported by a leftist media that allows
them unchallenged on-air exposures of purported right-wing intolerance

HBO recently ran a cable special entitled Extremists, which
focused on Internet groups that don't fall within the tolerance guidelines
set forth by hate-watchers. Of course, Mr. Dees and his Intelligence Report
editor Mark Potok took center stage in this documentary, pointing out how
extremist, right-wing America, with the famed Turner Diaries as its bible,
advances the cause of white people and terrorizes oppressed minorities.

The SPLC seems to take special pride in the fact that it can use tolerance
education as the carrot, and draw upon its Northern liberal junk-mail base
for its attack on all the evils of "extremist" America. It's interesting how
the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) gets
flagged for hate, while the NAACP is a perfectly legit organization.

Throughout the HBO piece, Messrs. Potok and Dees appear against an
impressive backdrop of stately bookshelves in fancy offices. However, when a
self-styled racist appears on screen, his backdrop is the SPLC's favorite
target: the Confederate flag. This is a purposeful attempt, of course, to
smear the symbol of the noble causes of Southern secession and personal

The HBO documentary treats religious-based organizations in such a way as to
propagate the notion that all hardcore religious activism is "Aryan" in
temperament, excessive, and therefore dangerous to non-whites.

It is interesting to note how the SPLC also includes patriot groups in the
Intelligence Report. This is due to the fact that such groups "advocate or
adhere to extreme anti-government doctrines," and this undermines the State
worship that makes people like Mr. Dees opulent by way of the
multicultural-tolerance issue. One must remember that it was the Oklahoma
bombing that put the SPLC propaganda machine on the map.

In fact, SPLC must have licked its chops after Oklahoma City, as they
stormed into Michigan - a state known for citizen militias - and set up camp
for the enduring attack on patriotic movements. Mr. Dees was as familiar to
many Americans during this ordeal as was Dan Rather. One can almost say that
Dees was to Oklahoma City what Wolf Blitzer was to the Persian Gulf.

Now the SPLC takes it on the road, as Dees travels about the country
preaching his brand of liberality. He often speaks before college audiences,
where supple minds are ripe for feel-good altruism.

This man works to gain the trust of young people by displaying the evils of
admitted racist organizations that have a tiny number of adherents. Mr. Dees
then proceeds to propagate the notion that conservative organizations --
particularly those that are pro-gun or anti-government - pose the same
dangers, and thus, must be impeded.

The seeds of multiculturalism are planted in all forms of the media, and the
harvest of fear and anger is in full growth. Accordingly, the nobility of
the cause of liberty is buried beneath the scare tactics that associate
virtuous symbols and causes with loathing and intolerance. For that reason,
the professional hate-watchers are the profiteers of divisiveness.