ABC News criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech to members of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed the religious liberty defenders an “anti-LGBT hate group.” That’s funny; an actual hate group determining who gets to be called a “hate” group.
ABC reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway write, “According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy group founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1994 that ‘specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally.’”
Although Madden and Galloway acknowledged that ADF considers SPLC to be the real hate group, their piece is heavily sided on criticisms of ADF, especially that the Department of Justice wasn’t releasing what Sessions said to the group. (Good thing The Federalist is on the scoop. They published his entire speech. And no, you won’t read a bit of hate.)
Now, ADF is demanding a retraction of ABC News hit-piece and an apology for the smear campaign.
A spokesperson for ADF said, “ABC News has committed journalistic malpractice. For ABC News to essentially cut and paste false charges against Alliance Defending Freedom by a radically left-wing, violence-inciting organization like Southern Poverty Law Center is a discredit to ABC News and to the profession.”
Currently, the ADF is representing someone the Left might consider the most dangerous man in America: Jack Phillips, a Christian Colorado baker who doesn’t want to be forced to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding. That makes a person enemy number one in this progressive society.
But as Sessions said in his speech, “This Department of Justice will never allow this secular government of ours to demand that sincere religious beliefs be abandoned. We will not require American citizens to give intellectual assent to doctrines that are contrary to their religious beliefs. And they must be allowed to exercise those beliefs as the First Amendment guarantees.”
“The protections enshrined in the Constitution and our laws protect all Americans, including when we work together, speak in the public square, and when we interact with our government. We don’t waive our constitutional rights when we participate fully in public life and civic society.”
H/T Todd Starnes