Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
CBN: A Jewish counseling center will defend its right to help clients with unwanted same-sex attraction in a New Jersey courtroom this week.
WND: In a state where the law already deprives minors of counseling for unwanted sexual attractions, a trial is scheduled to get under way in a case that could be a bellwether for what is often called “conversion therapy.”
Town Hall: When I was a graduate student, I had great admiration for the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 1989, I took a graduate seminar in race relations and learned all about how the SPLC helped shut down the KKK in the South – thus expediting the end of the practice of lynching. Because of their hard work, the targeted murder of blacks is currently confined to abortion clinics funded by leftist organizations yet to be defined as “hate groups.”
One News Now: If you want to know where the left is taking the country, a quick trip to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website is instructive.
Austin Ruse at Crisis Magazine: “So, what are the crimes of my group? How did we land of the hate-list class of 2014? I wrote to them and asked for their dossier. They sent me a single report on a legal fight going on in Belize where we have been advising Christian groups who want to maintain their laws against sodomy. Powerful international groups have come to Belize, including the International Commission of Jurists, who are insisting that Belize has obligations under existing treaty law to strike down their anti-sodomy laws. SPLC says we support the existing law against sodomy. This is flatly not true and they have offered no proof that we support the existing law. In fact, my group does not take a position on sodomy laws and we never have.”
Washington Examiner: “The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as ‘hate groups’ for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI’s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.”
AL.com: “A same-sex couple who married in Iowa in 2012 has filed for divorce in Alabama, creating a potentially complex court challenge in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”
Hawaii Free Press: “State Rep. Bob McDermott filed an ethics complaint against Hawaii State Department of Education District Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi Thursday after she ignored his Feb. 28 letter requesting she halt the implementation of a new teacher training program.”
Associated Press: “A gay man whose partner was killed in a car accident has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that bar the recognition of his marriage, which took place in Massachusetts.”
CNSNews: In response to a letter from a coalition of religious liberty advocates concerned about anti-Christian bias in Defense Department “equal opportunity” training materials, the Department of Defense says it is reviewing those materials and will decide this month whether to continue using “private organizations” as resources in developing them.
Pro-abortion Congresswoman introduces resolution urging states to ban sexual orientation therapy | Life Site News
LifeSiteNews: Joseph La Rue, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom told LifeSiteNews that, “Every person has a right to know the truth that life change is possible for those who seek change.” La Rue said that “politicians shouldn’t be able to outlaw hope and the professionals who provide it. And politicians shouldn’t be dictating decisions that families should be free to make. Children, in particular, should have a safe environment to seek the help they want without fear. “
CNSNews: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says listing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a resource on its “Hate Crimes” website page and linking to the organization is “not an endorsement” of the group or its research materials on hate crimes.
Speier.house.gov: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, (D- San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) reintroduced a resolution today to protect young people from the psychological abuse of so-called LGBT conversion practices. The Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution urges states to end these harmful and discredited sexual orientation change efforts. When introduced last year the resolution was the first federal action taken to end this quackery and now has bipartisan support in states across the country.
New Docs Raise Questions About Timing Of Order To Suspend Anti-christian Army Training Materials | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart:
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: Corkins told the FBI he found the FRC building as his target using a “hate map” on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for the shooting. SPLC still lists FRC as a hate group and continues to maintain a map to FRC’s office building on the SPLC website.
LifeNews: The defense attorney for Floyd Lee Corkins, who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council, on August 15, 2012, says he wanted to kill “conservative right-wing Christians.”
Al.com: SPLC President Richard Cohen said poor parents can’t afford private school tuition even with the help of the new tax credit and, even if they could, often don’t have a participating private school near them . . . | Southern Poverty Law Center: SPLC asks federal court to block Alabama education law that discriminates against poor children | Complaint: C.M. v. Bentley
CNSNews: “We are very disturbed that the Southern Poverty Law Center is now expanding its reckless attacks against the Catholic Church,” said Boykin. “The SPLC has made false and inaccurate claims against the Family Research Council for years. The SPLC should fact check their own statements before making reckless accusations.”
BuzzFeed: A federal judge has set a Thursday deadline for parties to tell him why he shouldn’t side with gay service members and veterans and their spouses in an ongoing challenge to benefits statutes. The deadline comes three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling struck down the federal definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: Single-parenting and divorce have always been understood as a breakdown of the married mom and dad ideal, but the demand to view same-sex parenting as “normal” imposes a silence on children about the wound caused by the loss of one parent or the other . . . Even the most heroic mother in the world can’t father. So to intentionally deprive any child of her mother or father, except in cases like divorce for grave reasons or the death of a parent, is itself a form of abuse.
“Reaction to court ruling that strikes down provision denying benefits to married gay couples” | Washington Post
Washington Post: “The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage— the union of husband and wife— will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers.” — Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
WAVY.com: “The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage— the union of husband and wife— will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers.” — Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
John Blake at CNN: When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens. During his speeches, people raise their hands to challenge his assertions that the Bible condemns homosexuality, but no Christians speak out to defend him.
LifeSiteNews: A renowned psychologist who was a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) has submitted an affidavit saying that he personally treated over 2,000 homosexuals for various conditions, while his staff counseled thousands more, and he knows of “hundreds” who successfully changed their orientation.
FRC‘: In a chilling new Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogation video just released, Floyd Lee Corkins, who stormed the Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters on August 15, 2012 and started firing, says that he picked his target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website.
American Family Association Condemns Army Presentation Labeling Evangelicals, Catholics as ‘Extremist’
Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom provide slides from the Power Point presentation used by the U.S. Army Reserve in training soldiers on religious extremism.
MBD.Scout.com on MSN: According to the Power Point presentation, obtained and posted online by legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, the Army Reserve in Pennsylvania considers evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Mormons as dangerous as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and Hamas.
Christian Post: A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism,” according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, who shared a copy of the documents with The Christian Post.
Ken Connor at Townhall: The right of individuals to freely associate – in public and behind closed doors – has been an issue that has sparked controversy in all quarters. The question remains as to what level of acceptance society must accord homosexual behavior – conduct that is fraught with social, religious, moral, and medical implications.
WorldNetDaily: Parents are being advised to keep their children home from school on Oct. 30 if their local education officials allow the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Mix It Up” day to be held on campus. The advisory comes from the pro-family American Family Association in response to the pro-homosexual message expected to be delivered during the events.
Christian Newswire: Bill Keller, the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblcial worldview, is planning to file a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling him and his ministry as a “hate group.”
CNSNews: The map and SPLC listing of “hate organizations” equates groups such as the Family Research Council, which promotes the traditional Christian view of marriage and sexuality, with racist groups that violate Christian teaching on human dignity.
National Review: That the SPLC cannot distinguish between a traditional-family organization and the guys in the white sheets and swastika armbands says a great deal about that organization’s intellectual depth, which is measured in millimeters. Organized homosexuality’s relentless crusade to align itself with the civil-rights movement of the 1960s is on the face of it absurd — such insults as homosexuals have suffered in this country do not include chattel slavery — but the SPLC has been happy to play along, in the course of the past decade or so transforming itself from a watchdog on extremism to a peddler of liberal pieties.
USA Today: Clayton is vice president of Public Advocate USA, a conservative advocacy group based in Virginia. The group supported legislation in Tennessee to restrict teaching about homosexuality in elementary and middle schools, known as the “don’t say gay” bill.
Think Progress: The state-owned museum allows heterosexual couples to use the space for their ceremonies, but its director claims that it has a policy banning same-sex weddings and ceremonies. In 2009, State Attorney General Jim Hood released a letter stating that the museum can limit use of its facilities to events considered “legal” under state law. The Southern Poverty Law Center has come to the couple’s defense, arguing that the policy violates the First Amendment (with viewpoint discrimination) and the Fourteenth Amendment (with differential treatment).
Ethics complaint against Ore. psychiatrist for practicing reparative therapy is part of new campaign
AP: Hirsh, 22, contends the Oregon psychiatrist was practicing “conversion therapy” to change his sexual orientation. His experience is the subject of an ethics complaint filed this month by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which plans to take the same action in other states as part of a national campaign to stop therapists from trying to make gay people straight. | Southern Poverty Law Center press release and complaint
MetroWeekly: Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) plans to introduce an amendment on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act in a mark-up of the bill before the House Armed Services Committee that is aimed at creating “a conscience protection clause” for military chaplains in the wake of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” . . . Among the advocates included in the planning for the amendments being offered and from whom Johnson was seeking input were Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness; Brian Duggan, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Marriage; Austin Nimocks and Daniel Blomberg, lawyers with the Alliance Defense Fund . . .
Liberal theologian William Ellery Channing once observed, “The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.” War has indeed been declared . . .
LifeSiteNews.com: “Ever since Barack Obama came into office there has been an aggressive effort to undermine peaceful pro-life activity by casting pro-life activists as terrorists,” Scheidler said. “We’ve seen the Department of Homeland Security listing pro-lifers as potential terrorists. We’ve seen special meetings between the FBI and pro-abortion groups.”
LifeSiteNews.com: A coalition that includes black pastors and pro-family organizations held a protest outside the headquarters of the Southern Poverty Law Center yesterday to protest the organization’s ongoing “slander” against pro-family organizations.
Windy City Times: A Timber Creek receptionist referred Windy City Times to The Alliance Defense Fund ( ADF ), a self-described “Christian legal alliance defending religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.” A 2005 Southern Poverty Law Center report listed ADF as one the top 12 most influential anti-gay groups in the country. ADF did not respond to a request to comment in time for publication.
Anti-LGBT Bullying Advocates Meet with Bachmann’s Office | The Advocate: In a meeting that she described as cordial and productive, Aaberg talked about the pervasive bullying her son had faced. The problem was compounded by a school policy that did not adequately counter such harassment, she said. To the contrary, Justin’s school allowed such events as the “Day of Truth” to occur: The annual antigay event is organized by the social conservative legal group Alliance Defense Fund, though the ex-gay group Exodus International has also supported Day of Truth in the past.
Minnesota Independent: . . . “[T[he Minnesota Supreme Court’s Baker decision is undoubtedly binding and controlling here,” MFC’s attorneys wrote. Those attorneys are from the Alliance Defense Fund, a group founded by prominent religious right groups including James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the American Family Association, an organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Christian Post: An Alliance Defense Fund/ Public Opinion Strategies poll also found that 62 percent of Americans still believe that marriage should be defined only as a union between one and one woman. “Americans understand marriage,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks testified at the hearing. “Since 1968 over 32 jurisdictions have voted on marriage it’s passed by an average of 63 percent. They don’t need a legislature to define it for them.”
David Cortman on the Janet Mefferd Show: Should school district’s staff stay neutral on sexual orientation?
ADF Attorney Jeremy Tedesco at Minnesota Public Radio News: “Over the top” only begins to describe a June 27 commentary piece authored by Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Kate Kendall of the National Center for Lesbian Rights regarding the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s sexual orientation curriculum policy.
Minnesota Public Radio News: he Alliance Defense Fund, a group of Christian attorneys who have worked in several states on efforts to ban same-sex marriage, sent a letter to the school district on Tuesday. In it, Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the civil rights groups’ arguments have “no basis in law.” “The district should not allow SPLC and NCLR to browbeat them into abandoning its sensible policy of requiring district personnel to remain neutral on issues regarding sexual orientation,” Tedesco wrote. “Neutrality does not equal hostility. Rather, neutrality respects all sides of a controversial issue, and advocates none.”
The Washington Independent: The Alliance Defense Fund — founded in part by Focus on the Family, Campus Crusade for Christ and the American Family Association, which has been dubbed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — paid for the poll. The ADF opposes any rights for same-sex couples including marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits.
Star Tribune: Two national groups have urged the Anoka-Hennepin School District to repeal a policy that requires teachers remain neutral about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues (GLBT).The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights . . .
“In a letter sent this morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Faegre & Benson, LLP are urging Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District and Champlin Park High School (CPHS) to immediately restore the rights of two lesbian students, Desiree (“Dez”) Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom.”
“If you dare to dissent from the prevailing left-wing orthodoxy on homosexuality, you will be branded a bigot and deemed unfit for military service. Traditional conservatives and religious believers need not apply. Keep your warped conservative views to yourself.”
“Clearly a determined effort is afoot, in cultural bastions controlled by the left, to anathematize traditional views of sexual morality, particularly opposition to same-sex marriage, as the expression of ‘hate’ that cannot be tolerated in a decent civil society. The argument over same-sex marriage must be brought to an end, and the debate considered settled. Defenders of traditional marriage must be likened to racists, as purveyors of irrational fear and loathing. Opposition to same-sex marriage must be treated just like support for now long-gone anti-miscegenation laws.”
FRC: “Family Research Council (FRC) announced the placement of a full-page open letter in today’s print editions of Politico and the Washington Examiner responding to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) recent attacks on FRC and other groups.”
Tony Perkins writes in the FRC Washington Update: “This morning, I had the opportunity to appear on ‘Fox and Friends’ to respond to the Left’s ongoing campaign to smear and silence FRC and other pro-family organizations. As I reported yesterday, the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has called on national TV networks to censor us because of our support for man-woman marriage.” Video is here.
Family Research Council: “Richard Cohen, SPLC’s President, revealed what this whole attack on FRC was really about.’We don’t believe that some of these people should be put on national TV.’ According to Cohen, FRC’s position on marriage should disqualify us from any media appearances. (Is it really our position on marriage or that the facts are just not on their side?)”
“This week, the Tolerance Law Center, a civil rights association headed by a director who has spent more than a decade defending civil liberties, issued a report labeling the Southern Poverty Law Center a hate group. Previously, the TLC has condemned Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Taliban for ‘crimes against humanity.’”
The American Independent: “As The Iowa Independent previously reported, several out-of-state groups — New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, Mississippi-based American Family Association, Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.-based Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Georgia-based Faith & Freedom Coalition and Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund — spent nearly $1 million to defeat the Iowa justices and provided unsolicited materials directly to Iowa churches in an effort to influence congregations across the state.”
Michael-In-Norfolk – - Coming Out In Mid Life Blog: “The Family Foundation based in Richmond, Virginia, has a long history of promoting an over the top anti-gay agenda. Thus, it is surprising that TFF has been silent on the designation of its allies – e.g., Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, etc. – as either anti-gay groups or anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”) [ADF listed as allied organization]”
Charleston Gazette: “A national group associated with the Family Policy Council of West Virginia has been named a hate group by a civil rights center. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced late last month it would list the Family Research Council and a dozen other organizations as hate groups . . . The Family Policy Council of West Virginia’s website says it has “strategic alliances” with FRC and two other national groups, Focus on the Family and the Alliance Defense Fund.”
“. . . Attacking Christians during the holy season of Christmas is nothing new, and the SPLC has long been at the forefront of this bigoted tradition. But Christians and Christian groups need to be on guard, and understand that what was once nothing more than vile slander, may now be greasing the skids toward legal prosecution.”
Catholic News Agency: “The Southern Poverty Law Center’s classification of pro-family groups as hate groups is the ‘next phase’ of a gay rights movement which seeks to redefine Christianity as bigotry and to shut down honest debate, pro-family leaders warned.”
William A. Jacobson writing at Legal Insurrection: “SPLC is at it again, with a list of 18, ‘anti-gay’ groups, 13 of whom also will make SPLC’s upcoming ‘hate group’ list . . . All these groups, with one exception below, were included for having a fundamentalist Christian view of homosexuality and gay marriage. Oddly, no Orthodox Jewish or Muslim groups were included, even though those religious affiliations have views not much different from fundamentalist Christians.”