Skip to comments.ABC News: Christians Who Believe In The First Amendment Are A ‘Hate Group’
Posted on 07/13/2017 7:20:44 PM PDT by TigerClaws
ABC News Pete Madden and Erin Galloway smeared Christians who believe the Bill of Rights secures religious liberty as a hate group, in an article this week headlined, Jeff Sessions addresses anti-LGBT hate group, but DOJ wont release his remarks. The lede of the story made it clear this was not just the work of a rogue headline writer but the failure of the reporters themselves:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.
First, a note that you can and should read the prepared remarks of the Attorney General here at The Federalist.
Who is this hate group? Alliance Defending Freedom is not a hate group at all, but a civil liberties organization that battles for religious liberty. And theyre not a fringe group either. They just weeks ago won their most recent Supreme Court victory Trinity Lutheran v. Comer 7-2. It was their fifth Supreme Court victory in seven years, during which time theyve had no losses at the high court.
And the group is ranked among the top law firms in the country for its successes at the Supreme Court.
Most recently the non-profit law firm found out that the Supreme Court agreed to hear another one of their cases dealing with artistic freedom and religious liberty.
To characterize such an accomplished civil rights group as a hate group is unacceptable and inexcusable. It boggles the mind why ABC News, in the midst of cratering credibility, would disparage Christian efforts in favor of religious liberty in such a mendacious way.
How in the world did this happen?
Well, for some reason ABC News chose to wholly adopt the Southern Poverty Law Centers framing for the significance of the attorney generals speech to the group. Check it out:
Heres why reporters such as Pete Madden and Erin Galloway should be wary before slightly rewriting SPLC press releases and passing off the work as their own. SPLC previously had a reservoir of credibility based on a history of good work exposing legitimately nefarious individuals and groups. In recent years, however, that reservoir has all but dried up as SPLC has gone after reasonable groups it merely disagrees with politically but labels as hate groups. It engages in this campaign while ignoring serious problems on the left.
SPLC has the gall to list the Family Research Council as a hate group, for instance, even after an SPLC follower used an SPLC hate map to locate the Family Research Council offices in Washington, D.C., and commit an act of terrorism and attempted mass murder against the group. Thankfully, the SPLC-inspired terrorist was stopped by the security guard he shot when he arrived. Read all about that incident here.
The most recent attempted assassination by a left-wing terrorist was also a follower of SPLC. As Jeryl Bier wrote in the Wall Street Journal, The Insidious Influence of the SPLC: Its branding of hate groups and individuals is biased, sometimes falseand feeds polarization.
Last week the SPLC found itself in the awkward position of disavowing the man who opened fire on Republican members of Congress during baseball practice. Were aware that the SPLC was among hundreds of groups that the man identified as the shooter liked on Facebook, SPLC president Richard Cohen said in a statement. I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: The SPLC condemns all forms of violence.
Its not just Christians who SPLC targets. SPLC also faces legal action for placing British Muslim author and counter-extremism activist Maajid Nawaz on an anti-Muslim hate list.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has put my name on a list that calls me an anti-Muslim extremist. I am the only Muslim on the list. This list has smeared my name and possibly put me in physical danger. This is a message to those who think they can throw around damning labels like Islamophobe racist and Nazi without any evidence and simply get away with it.
You can read more about Nawazs plight here at The Atlantic.
ABC News can certainly quote the Southern Poverty Law Centers extreme views, but it shouldnt build a story around the wholesale acceptance of their flawed premises. That turns journalism into anti-religious propaganda on behalf of a partisan group. Media outlets do not want to be perceived as enemies of average Americans. They should avoid giving people reason to view them as just that.
“Hate group” = Anyone who the SPLC tells us to hate.
Victor David Hanson has a piece on this at NRO, but I don’t want to give them any more hits.
Consider the source, ABC=CNN= fake news.
If it’s Victor, it’s ok to link...obviously.
The First Amendment only applies to #FakeJourn-O-Lists freedom of presss
No one else except criminals and minorities have any rights
The Continental army was a hate group then.
I side with them.
The group needs to sue both ABC and SPLC
ABC News Is A Hate Group.
The Lame Stream Media are pushers of the addiction we know as hate. Their latest tactic is to label the target of their hate as a hate group. This, my friends, is on the level of grade school children. Anyone using this tactic are yahoos who belong in detention with the appropriate dunce cap.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”
The MSM insists on continuing down the path to total irrelevancy and insanity.
Are journalists who believe in 1st amendment freedom of the press a hate group?
More special pleading from these jackals.
By the SPLC’s reckoning, a Muslim who is an activist against Muslim extremism is anti- Muslim? That speaks volumes.
ABC: Making hate cool again.
ABC & the SPLC can pound sand.
I am past tired of hedonistic, anti-Christian and largely also anti-Western assholes telling me how I should live.
You can GFY. I DONT CARE!
Kind of ironic that the “free press” would call support for the Amendment that allows them to be in business would complain about those who agree with the Amendment - seems like a potential religious hate crime on their part - I wonder if the 1st Amendment protects them from religious hate crimes....
Alliance Defending Freedom should take them to court for slander. It’s time to fight back.
ABC News is a bigoted hate group that targets Christians.
Another reason not to watch ABC.
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