In May, Alliance Defending Freedom was terminated from the Amazon Smile program. Amazon has a policy that hate groups identified by Southern Poverty Law Center are no longer eligible to participate. ADF is, in fact, an anti-LGBT hate group.

In the way of background, the Smile program donates a small percentage of Amazon customers’ purchases to a charity chosen by the customer. Mine, for example, go to HRC. The program is administered by the Amazonsmile Foundation, which had revenues of about $24 million in 2016.

ADF has sent an email to Amazon. It is the standard anti-SPLC fare including the usual boilerplate and over-ripe cites. One of the cites is to the odious white supremacist, Steven Sailer (nice way to make a point that you are not really a hate group). ADF is also too cute by half. They left the email address unredacted knowing full well that their conservative Christian constituency would take time out from harassing queers to harass Amazon.

It amounts to a ponderous argumentum ad hominem (attacking the arguer rather than the argument). Glaringly missing from ADF’s missive is an example of anything that SPLC got wrong. The summary of SPLC’s report on ADF reads:

Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop “religious liberty” legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion.

That paragraph is followed by a lengthy backgrounder — nearly 6,300 words in all. Surely Michael Farris can do better than to kvetch that SPLC raises a great deal of money. Apparently not and that is telling.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.