2017-07-15 09:48:33 UTC
Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding a retraction and apology from ABC
News after reporters smeared one of the nation's most respected religious
liberty law firms as a 'hate group.'
ABC News reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway wrote a scathing report on
a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered behind closed doors at the
Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, California.
"Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group,' but DOJ won't release his
remarks," read the headline.
"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," read the lead paragraph of the
Madden-Galloway hit piece.
By the way - The Federalist obtained an exclusive copy of Sessions' speech.
ABC News based its decision to brand ADF as a hate group on the
highly-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center.
Southern Poverty Law Center accuses ADF of "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."
They've also labeled the Family Research Council and the American Family
Association - both highly respected religious organizations - as hate
Let's just cut to the chase here, folks. Southern Poverty Law Center is a
far-left partisan goon squad that labels any ideology they oppose as hate.
"ABC News has committed journalistic malpractice," ADF spokesperson Kerri
Kupec said. "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."
For the record, Alliance Defending Freedom has a stellar record of defending
religious liberty before the Supreme Court - seven victories at the high
court in the last seven years.
Their most recent Supreme Court win came just a few weeks ago - Trinity
Lutheran v. Comer.
They also represent Christian baker Jack Phillips and Christian florist
Barronelle Stutzman - both under attack by LGBT activists for putting their
religious beliefs ahead of political correctness.
"Southern Poverty Law center spends its time and money attacking veterans,
nuns, Muslims who oppose terrorism, Catholics, Evangelicals, and anyone else
who dares disagree with its far-left ideology," Kupec said.
On the other hand, ADF "works every day to preserve and affirm free speech
and the free exercise of religion for people from all walks of life and all
backgrounds because we believe freedom is for everyone."
For ABC News to label such a respected and revered law firm as a hate group
is not just shameful - it's an outright lie.
Reporters Madden and Galloway should be ashamed of this disgusting piece of
"Americans' trust in media is cratering, and the blatant bias and lack of
professionalism that ABC attempted to pass off as news can only serve to
confirm and intensify that distrust," Kupec said.
Based on Alliance Defending Freedom's court room prowess, ABC News would be
wise to immediately retract the story and apologize.