SPLC Witch Hunt Falls Flat in Niagara Falls

When it became clear that Ron Paul would not be intimidated by the SPLC attack campaign, a few far-Left groups threatened on-site protests of the Conference. Those treats were taken seriously enough to warrant a police presence at the Scotiabank Convention Center in Niagara throughout the week.

Dr. Ron Paul chats with Fr. Gruner, seated next to His Beatitude Mar Ignatius Joseph III Younan, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, who flew in from Syria for the Fatima Center’s Path to Peace Conference

Despite a Southern Poverty Law Center attempt to derail the Fatima Center’s “Path to Peace Conference” in Niagara Falls this week, the event went off without a hitch, and, in fact, attendance numbers exceeded the organizers’ expectations.

During the run-up to the Conference last week, liberal newspapers and blogs, relying on a SPLC attack piece against the Fatima Center, initiated an all-out media blitz intended to dissuade the Conference’s keynote speaker, Ron Paul, from attending the event. When Paul gave no indication of backing out, however, the media rhetoric began to border on the hysterical, with some reports even going so far as to accuse the former congressman himself of being an anti-Semite.

Dismissing the outrageous charge against the Fatima Center as nothing less than Catholic bashing during an interview on MSNBC, Dr. Paul proceeded to attend the Conference as planned, and in fact brought down the house on Wednesday evening with a powerful, hour-long speech that evoked frequent applause and was interrupted by several standing ovations.

“Jesus is the Prince of Peace,” Paul reminded his audience, and together we must all “stand for peace,” even with those who don’t share our religion or “agree with us on every issue.”


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