On July 12, 2017, reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway, writing for ABC News, referred to the Alliance Defending Freedom (“ADF”) as an “anti-LGBT hate group” suggesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking behind closed doors to ADF. In fact, Sessions released the transcript of his remarks to the ADF.
ADF is a group that coordinates pro bono Christian legal representation around the country and has been unfairly labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because ADF represents Christians being persecuted for their refusal to provide goods and services to same sex weddings, among other things.
ABC News’s reporters took a leftwing activist group’s characterization and labeled ADF a hate group in their report. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma is having none of it and is sending a letter to the President of ABC News calling him out on the network’s biases.
“Since I think I can confidently assume that ABC news is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, why would ABC News label a peaceful group as a ‘hate group’ simply because of a difference of opinion?” the Senator asks. It is a great question and it is one ABC News should answer.
You can read Senator Lankford’s letter here:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a favorite group of Floyd Lee Corkins, the assassin who went into the Family Research Council intending to murder its employees and stuff their mouths with Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. Corkins said the SPLC website is where he saw the Family Research Council listed as an anti-gay group for its support of orthodox Christian values.
James Hodgkinson, the assassin who attempted a mass assassination of Republican congressmen, was also a fan of the SPLC, going so far as to list it on his Facebook profile as a group he liked.
Now, ABC News is using the Southern Poverty Law Center to label a group of Christian lawyers a hate group. In an article by reporter Pete Madden, the headline reads: “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.”
ABC News calls the Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group because the SPLC says so. The ADF is a voluntary group of Christian lawyers who work pro bono for Christians around the country. They have sought to prevent Christian business owners from being shut down if they refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings, which is why the SPLC labels them a hate group.
ADF also defends Christian students who groups are denied access to school campuses. They defend Christians fired by governments for their views. They are a terrific group I have long supported and are highly, highly respected in the Christian community.
They are the furthest thing possible from a hate group, but because they defend Christians ABC News and Pete Madden are perfectly happen to label them a hate group and try to shame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for speaking to them.