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Alliance Defending Freedom has sent out an email to supporters smearing the Southern Poverty Law Center. The “are you a hater”email links to a post on ADF’s blog titled: The SPLC Is Not Just Trying to Silence ADF – It’s Trying to Silence You. Suffice it to say that the SPLC is not trying to silence anyone.

Argument ad hominem — attacking the arguer rather than the argument.

The SPLC is very specific with respect to why ADF is deemed a hate group. If ADF is displeased with their hate group listing then it is incumbent upon them to explain where the SPLC is incorrect. Instead they offer a banal recitation. I suppose it is the best that they can do:

It’s been a year since Amazon removed Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from its AmazonSmile program, which allows customers to choose a non-profit group to receive a percentage of any Amazon purchase.

It didn’t take us long to find out why.

Amazon pointed to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which labels ADF as a “hate group” simply for holding beliefs shared by millions of Christians across the world.

These are beliefs that you likely share: Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Life is sacred from conception until natural death. God created man in His image – male and female.

But the SPLC has decided that these beliefs are no longer welcome in the public square. And it has directed its powerful allies and considerable resources – its assets are more than $500 million – toward silencing anyone who holds these beliefs.

It is not just banal but intellectually dishonest. The above text is a collection of lies. They are claiming that the SPLC has embargoed beliefs. People are free to believe anything that they want. If someone wants to believe that only marriages between one man and one kosher dill pickle are valid, neither I nor the SPLC could care less.

When a group tries to impose its beliefs on public policy and attempts to do so by lying about its opponents, consisting of a persecuted sexual minority, that’s a pretty good recipe for being listed as a hate group. Sometimes they attempt to do so through widely distributed “testimony” along with model legislation.

ADF routinely lies about LGBT people while trying to effect its conservative Christian beliefs on our laws. ADF lies about why they are trying to do so; concocting a tortured secular rationale to obscure the fact that this is strictly about Christian privilege and Christian supremacy.

The further lie in the above text is the suggestion that views on reproductive choice are a consideration by the SPLC. That is simply untrue. Moreover, the SPLC’s assets have nothing to do with whether or not their hate group listing of ADF is appropriate and fair.

Since then, the attacks have only intensified.

I hate to be picky but when was “then?” They have not previously referenced a time frame.


  • Members of the mainstream media parrot the SPLC’s false talking points.
  • For several months, opponents attacked ADF with vicious and dishonest billboards in Times Square.

For starters, the SPLC does not have a set of “talking points” regarding individual hate groups. Talking points are a form of persuasion. In contrast, the SPLC provides a factual basis for why an individual group has the distinction of being labeled a hate group. At the risk of repeating myself, if the SPLC’s is providing “false” information, ADF does not inform us of what that is and why it is so.

I am aware of those billboards in Times Square. ADF again fails to provide details about what is “dishonest” in their presentation.

“False charges” is the modus operandi of ADF; not the SPLC. Count all of the lies.

ADF team members have also paid the price for the SPLC’s false charges.

They have been harassed online, disowned by their alma maters, and shouted down in public places. Some have had to be escorted by security officers when they speak on college campuses. One team member walked out of church to find her car window shot out days after arguing on behalf of our client Jack Phillips at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Those with ties to ADF – allied attorneys, Blackstone Fellows, and even highly qualified judicial nominees – have been doxxed and dragged through the mud in the media.

This is now how the SPLC spends its vast resources and power – harassing peaceful, conservative organizations and people simply because it disagrees with our beliefs.

We still do not know what those “false charges” are. ADF keeps repeating the mantra without adequate disclosure. Furthermore, they are charging the SPLC with harassing people. That is completely unfounded. The SPLC encourages civil discourse and is staunchly opposed to violence of any form.

ADF pisses people off. That is what hate groups do.

I am not saying that they get what they deserve (at least not with that supposedly broken car window). However, it never dawns on ADF that they should moderate their anti-LGBT rhetoric and be more civil. Doing so might result in less opprobrium. Again, none of what they do not like has anything to do with the SPLC. The backlash is completely independent of the SPLC.

ADF is the largest and most effective legal organization in the world dedicated to the defense of religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. We advocate for the right of all people to freely live out their faith. And we do so at the highest levels – winning nine Supreme Court cases since 2011.

I am really not sure of what ADF is counting as Supreme Court wins but it is immaterial and it is absent all of the losses which far outnumber the wins. More importantly, this has no relevance to whether or not the organization is properly labeled a hate group.

“[F]reely live out their faith” means freely live out their biases and discriminate against others placing Christians on a moral pedestal. According to ADF there is one set of laws for conservative Christians and another set of laws for everyone else.

Is anyone in need of a useless, poorly constructed crock?

We strive to uphold the truth and to protect freedom for everyone – not just for our clients or for ourselves, but for all Americans. In all our work, we seek to cultivate a society defined by respect and tolerance for different views, the free exchange of ideas, and robust debate and dialogue.

But if the SPLC had its way, we wouldn’t be defending that freedom for anyone.

Yes I can think of all the cases that ADF has handled protecting the freedom of LGBT people to be treated with dignity in society. Furthermore, they are assigning a false motive to the SPLC. False is a lie. If the SPLC had its way ADF would moderate its anti-LGBT bigotry.

What you stand for is what defines you

Opponents of religious freedom don’t like to focus on the things that people of faith stand for—things like justice, free speech, marriage and family, life, and religious liberty. Groups like the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center would much rather characterize us based upon what they think we are against. They use the media to paint a false picture of hate and intolerance that has nothing to do with who people of faith really are.

Real people of faith are not mendacious. Real people of faith consider how their actions might affect others. For all the platitudes worthy of Superman (“Truth, justice and the American Way”) the ADF folks do not respect our secular culture. Additionally their definition of religious freedom is entirely different from the guarantee of Free Exercise in the First Amendment. Their definition is freedom to discriminate regardless of applicable law.

As you might have already guessed, if you fill out the form they ask for money on the landing page. What a shock.

I am reminded of a disgusting campaign abroad that ADF has been orchestrating. It is not included in  the SPLC’s write-up but it is certainly relevant.

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