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"Christian" Hate Groups Form Anti-LGBTQ Equality Act Coalition For The Children Of Course

“Christian” Hate Groups Form Anti-LGBTQ Equality Act Coalition For The Children Of Course

Via NBC News:

A new initiative backed by a coalition of right-wing organizations is courting lawmakers and parents in an effort to stop the passage of the Equality Act — a federal LGBTQ rights bill — and promote policies targeting transgender Americans at the federal and state levels.

Backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Policy Alliance, Heritage Foundation and other national and local groups, the Promise to America’s Children coalition says it is fighting “a culture – and sadly, a government – around us seek to sexualize our children for the sake of a political agenda.”

On its website, the Promise to America’s Children coalition says anyone who signs the pledge is not signaling support or opposition to legislation, “with the exception of the federal Equality Act, which clearly violates all principles of this Promise.”

This incarnation of the Equality Act was approved by the US House this week along in a party-line vote with 3 Republicans breaking ranks, but the EA faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where it will surely be met with a filibuster effort.

The first version of the Equality Act was introduced to Congress in 1974 by the late Bella Abzug.

EXPOSED: Facebook Has Made Millions of Dollars by Promoting Over 36 Hate Groups’ Content

EXPOSED: Facebook Has Made Millions of Dollars by Promoting Over 36 Hate Groups’ Content

Alex Cox of Sludge.com has exposed that Facebook has taken in nearly $1.6 million from hate groups since mid-2018 despite company’s supposed policy of banning hate speech.

Sludge’s review of Facebook ad data found that at least 38 hate groups and hate figures, or their political campaigns, paid Facebook nearly $1.6 million to run 4,921 sponsored ads. Some ads call undocumented immigration an “invasion.” Others claim that LGBT people are “evil.”

Via Sludge:

Close to $960,000 of Facebook ad revenue came from anti-immigrant groups, and $542,000 was spent by anti-LGBTQ groups. Anti-Muslim groups spent close to $70,000 on ads, although plenty of anti-immigrant groups are also anti-Muslim.

Because Facebook only began publishing ad information in mid-2018, the company has surely made multiple millions from these groups’ advertisements over time. The top spenders since then are the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR, which spent $910,000 on Facebook ads), the anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom ($392,000), the anti-LGBT Family Research Council ($107,000, including ads worth $6,850 that it bought for its president Tony Perkins’ page), the anti-Muslim Clarion Project ($55,000), the anti-LGBTQ Illinois Family Institute ($33,000), and the anti-immigrant Californians for Population Stabilization ($20,000).

“This is an astounding amount of money that’s been allowed to be spent by hate groups,” Keegan Hankes, research director of the Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project. “It reaches a lot of people with some very toxic ideologies. Obviously that’s incredibly worrisome, if not a little unsurprising given Facebook’s track record specifically around these ideologies.” 

Interestingly Facebook which has a zero tolerance policy on what it deems as “obscene” photographs banned the discussion of sexual preferences and positions, labeling it as “sexual solicitation,” last year. LGBT-themed ads were also being blocked and flagged as “political” last year due to a new advertising policy.

You can read the entire article HERE

Hate Group Sues To Block LGBT Questions On The US Census

BUSTED! – America’s Largest Christian Charity Gave Over $56 Million To Notorious Anti-LGBT Hate Groups

The National Christian Foundation which “helps Christian families like yours send more to their favorite charities and connect with the larger movement of generosity taking place around the world.” raised over $1.5 billion in tax-exempt donations in 2017 and it has now been discovered some of that money has been funneled to some of America’s most notorious anti-LGBT hate groups.

Via Sludge:

The nation’s eighth-largest public charity is pouring tens of millions of dollars each year into a number of mostly anti-LGBT hate groups, a Sludge investigation shows. According to the three most recent available tax filings — which cover 2015-17 — it has donated $56.1 million on behalf of its clients to 23 nonprofits identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.

By far the biggest recipient of NCF donations is Alliance Defending Freedom, a large network of Christian extremist lawyers who have supported criminalizing homosexuality, sterilizing transgender people, and claimed that gay men are pedophiles. The group recently came out against congressional Democrats’ Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.

Alliance Defending Freedom took in $49.2 million from NCF from 2015-17. ADF received $46.3 million in contributions and grants during the 2016 fiscal year (from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). It got $16.8 million from NCF in the calendar year of 2015, meaning that, if these years were aligned, NCF’s donations would have represented over one-third of ADF’s annual contributions

The “Christian” Shyster Lawyer group Alliance Defending Freedom has been given more than $49.2 million from NCF from 2015-17. And Tony Perkin’s anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council, which has, accepted over $5.3 million from NCF from 2015-17. 

Trump Hires Former Alliance Defending Freedom Hate Group Official As Director of the Office of Public Affairs

Trump Hires Former Alliance Defending Freedom Hate Group Official As Director of the Office of Public Affairs

Donald Trump has appointed Kerri Kupec, a former anti-LGBT hate group official as director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice.

Kupec, who formally worked for the anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom has a degree from the fundamentalist Liberty University and has publicly stated that she believes that religious business owners should be free to discriminate against  the LGBT community.

Kupec is also on record as saying that “the belief that marriage is a man-woman union has been held since the beginning of time,” before claiming that enforcing discrimination laws would “drive out” Christians, Muslims and Jewish people from the public square.

Before being hired by Trump Kupec, who had been with the ADF since 2014, also assisted White House staff in working for the confirmation of accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Alliance Defending Freedom has also:

Is anybody shocked by this?

SCOTUS Anti-Gay Baker Jack Philips Denies Service To Trans Customer, Sues Colorado Officials

SCOTUS Anti-Gay Baker Jack Philips Denies Service To Trans Customer, Sues Colorado Officials

Months after winning a Supreme Court case over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple Jack  Phillips, in concert with designated hate group Alliance Defending Freedom once again is trying to push anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of so-called religious freedom,”

Autumn Scardina tried to order a cake from Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop in June 2017 with a pink interior and blue exterior to celebrate the anniversary of her coming out as a transgender woman. Phillips refused to make the cake, saying “it would have celebrated messages contrary to his religious belief that sex ― the status of being male or female ― is given by God, is biologically determined.”

Phillips, was then ordered by the state Civil Rights Commission into mediation with the trans customer for whom he had refused to bake a cake, and is now suing Colorado officials in federal court claiming they violated his rights to freedom of speech and religion. 

“Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him,” the lawsuit alleges.

Phillips lawsuit argues, that the Supreme Court ruling allows him to decline customers for religious reasons. The court, however, did not address whether religious objectors to same-sex relationships can avoid anti-discrimination laws under the guise of “religious freedom” to refuse to serve to LGBT customers.

“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said Kristen Waggoner, an attorney of the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Phillips.

A representative for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission said that the commission could not comment on pending or active litigation and, by law, could not verify or disclose the existence of charges detailed by Phillips.

 

Southern Poverty Law Center Trashes Jeff Sessions Over Praising Praising ADF Hate Group

Southern Poverty Law Center Trashes Jeff Sessions Over Praising ADF Hate Group

Via the Southern Poverty Law Center:

During his campaign, President Trump promised to be “a real friend” to the LGBT community. Yet, yesterday, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, lauded the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group that vilifies the LGBT community and promotes discrimination against it in the name of religion.

What’s more, Sessions attacked the SPLC for calling the ADF what it is – a hate group that would like to push the LGBT community into the closet if not into jail. Sessions’ words and actions reflect what is painfully obvious: Contrary to Trump’s campaign promise, his administration is no friend of the LGBT community.

The ADF richly deserves the hate group label. It supports the criminalization of sexual relations between consenting adults abroad. It opposes anti-bullying policies that provide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It says that the American Convention on Human Rights should not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It promotes the myth that there is a link between homosexuality and pedophilia despite the fact that the weight of scientific authority has debunked the claim.

Linking the LGBT community to pedophilia as the ADF has done is not an expression of a religious belief. It is simply a dangerous and ugly falsehood. FBI hate crime data show that the LGBT community is the minority group most likely to be targeted for violent hate crimes. Demonizing the LGBT community and portraying it as a danger to children is likely to exacerbate the hate crime epidemic it is facing.

Jeff Sessions: Alliance Defending Freedom Hate Group Is NOT A Hate Group

Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to the defense of the ultra right-wing  conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom in a  speech on religion Wednesday evening, taking direct aim at the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the radical conservative organization a “hate group.”

Said Sessons:

“When I spoke to ADF last year, I learned that the Southern Poverty Law Center had classified ADF as a ‘hate group. They have used this designation as a weapon and they have wielded it against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy.
You and I may not agree on everything — but I wanted to come back here tonight partially because I wanted to say this: You are not a hate group.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is the hate group behind the lawsuit brought by a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and recently prevailed at the Supreme Court. Sessions came under fire last year for speaking to the group behind closed doors, but Wednesday’s speech was streamed live on the group’s Facebook page.

In a statement on its website, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen defended the ADF’s designation: “Just as sincerely held religious beliefs would not be a defense to a hate crime prosecution, vilifying others in the name of religion should not immunize a group from being designated as a hate group, in our view,” Cohen said. “And it’s ironic to suggest that the rights of ADF sympathizers are under attack when the ADF is doing everything in its power to deny the equal protection of the laws to the LGBT community.”

Liberty Counsel Mat Staver pedophile

Liberty Counsel Hate Group Leader Mat Staver Compares Extreme Right “Christian” Groups To Nazi Holocaust Victims

Right Wing Watch reports::

Staver complained that GuideStar has gone from “a neutral entity” to a left-wing “political activist organization” under its president, Jacob Harold.

“Because of his liberal political activism, he decided to partner with the SPLC and slap these labels on [organizations],” Staver said. “You have to ask yourself, why did he do it? Why was he trying to do it? What was his motivation? It’s very clear what his motivation was. His motivation in terms of what he said, what they did, how they did it is to harm these nonprofits, to put, essentially, if you will, a Star of David on them like the Nazis did to the Jews. Wanted to isolate them, identify them, and ultimately economically boycott them.”

Staver’s insane rant of labeling the Liberty Counsel and other similar anti-LGBT organizations “hate groups” and comparing them to the persecution Jews faced in Nazi Germany, comes one month after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by them against GuideStar, a charity information website, after GuideStar began including information about groups that have been designated as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Organizations listed as anti-LGBT hate groups “use dehumanizing language and pseudo-scientific falsehoods to portray LGBT people as, for example, sick, evil, perverted, and a danger to children and society — or to suggest that LGBT people are more likely to be pedophiles and sexual predators,” notes the SPLC’s website. “Some anti-LGBT hate groups support the criminalization of homosexuality in the United States and abroad, often marshaling the same debunked myths and demonizing claims in their efforts.” Simply opposing marriage equality or considering homosexuality a sin is not enough to merit a hate group label, the SPLC adds.

SPLC’s list of anti-LGBT hate groups includes the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Mission: America, Mass Resistance, Alliance Defending Freedom, and many other familiar names. Liberty Counsel, besides being on the list itself, has provided legal representation to some of the other groups or their leaders, such as Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries and Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, in addition to representing antigay county clerk Kim Davis, anti–marriage equality judges, and practitioners of “ex-gay” therapy.

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Supreme Court Sets Anti-Gay Bakery Cake Case For December 5th

 

 

Via the Washington Blade:

The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections.

The high court announced Friday the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be the first of two arguments on that day.

Consideration of the case will mark the return of the U.S. Supreme Court to the issue of LGBT rights in the first major way since its milestone 2015 decision in favor of marriage equality nationwide.

One thing must be remembered.  This is about a business. The bakery.  NOT the baker himself.

David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012, with Craig’s mother, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Jack Phillips informed them that because of his religious beliefs the store’s policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding despite the fact that Colorado state law prohibits public accommodation from refusing service based on factors such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

Phillips is being represented by the anti-LGBT “Christian Nationalist” law firm the Alliance Defending Freedom

Jim Crow was wrong then.

Pink Crow is wrong now.

 

READ: Full Speech Given By Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the Alliance Defending Freedom Hate Group Gathering

Prepared remarks of the Attorney General to the Alliance Defending Freedom on July 11, 2017

Thank you for that introduction. And thank you for the important work that you do every day to uphold and protect the right to religious liberty in this country. This is especially needed today.

While your clients vary from pastors to nuns to geologists, all of us benefit from your good work—because religious liberty and respect for religion have strengthened this country from the beginning. In fact, it was largely in order to enjoy and protect these rights that this country was settled and founded in the first place, as those in this room especially know.

Our concepts of religious freedom came to us through the development of the Western heritage of faith and reason. In America, Madison and Jefferson advanced those concepts. Their victory was to declare religious freedom to be a matter of conscience inherent in each individual, not as a matter of toleration granted from the top. I propose that in America our understanding of religious freedom can only be understood within that heritage.

Our Founders wisely recognized that religion is not an accident of history or a passing circumstance. It is at the core of the human experience, and as close to a universal phenomenon as any. Each one of us considers with awe the stars in the sky and at the moral code within our hearts. Even today, in a rapidly changing world, a majority of the American people tell Gallup that religion is “very important” in their lives.

With this insight into human nature, they took care to reserve a permanent space for freedom of religion in America. That space is the very first line of the Bill of Rights.

And not just that line. Twelve of the 13 colonies authored state constitutions that protected the free exercise of religion. Six of the original 13 states had established churches, but almost every state made accommodations for religious minorities like Quakers or Mennonites. They did not insist that all follow the same doctrines. Every state constitution at the time of our Founding—and now—mentions God.

Our first president, George Washington, called for a national day of prayer. And he wrote to a Jewish congregation in Rhode Island that in America, “all possess alike liberty of conscience.”

In his farewell address, President Washington famously called religion the “indispensable support of political prosperity [and a] great pillar of human happiness.” He warned, “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

And Thomas Jefferson did not mention on his tombstone that he had served as president. He named three accomplishments: that he had founded the University of Virginia, authored the Declaration of Independence, and authored the statute of religious freedom in Virginia.

This national commitment to religious freedom has continued throughout our history, and it has remained just as important to our prosperity and unity ever since. When Alexis de Tocqueville visited this country, he noted “in France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.”

And of course it was faith that inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to march and strive to make this country stronger yet. His was a religious movement. The faith that truth would overcome. He said that we “must not seek to solve the problem” of segregation merely for political reasons, but “in the final analysis, we must get rid of segregation because it is sinful.” It undermined the promise, as he described it, that “each individual has certain basic rights that are neither derived from nor conferred by the state…they are gifts from the hands of the Almighty God.”

So our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people. It has protected both the freedom to worship and the freedom not to believe as well.

To an amazing degree, the value of religion is totally missed by many today. Our inside-the-beltway crowd has no idea how much good is being done in this country every day by our faith communities. They teach right behavior, they give purpose to life, and they support order, lawfulness, and personal discipline while comforting the sick, supporting families, and giving support to those in need. They are there at birth and death.

But the cultural climate has become less hospitable to people of faith and to religious belief. And in recent years, many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack. This feeling is understandable. Just last year, a Harvard Law professor publicly urged judges to “take aggressively liberal positions…The culture wars are over. They lost; we won…Taking a hard line is better than trying to accommodate the losers.”

A lot of people are concerned about what this changing cultural climate means for the future of religious liberty in this country. The challenges our nation faces today concerning our historic First Amendment right to the “free exercise” of our faith have become acute. I believe that this recent election was significantly impacted by this concern and that this motivated many voters. President Trump made a promise that was heard. In substance, he said he respected people of faith and he promised to protect them in the free exercise of their faith. This promise was well received.

How, then, should we deal with this matter? America has never thought itself to be a theocracy. Our founders, at least the most articulate of them, believed our government existed as a protector of religious rights of Americans that were essential to being a created human being.

The government did not exist to promote religious doctrine nor to take sides in religious disputes that had, as they well knew, caused wars and death in Europe. Nor was it the government’s role to immanetize the eschaton, as Bill Buckley reminded us. The government’s role was to provide the great secular structure that would protect the rights of all citizens to fulfill their duty to relate to God as their conscience dictated and to guarantee the citizen’s right to exercise that faith.

The government would not take sides, and would not get between God and man. Religious rights were natural rights, not subject to government infringement, as the Virginia Assembly once eloquently declared.

Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people.

Any review of our nation’s policies must understand this powerful constraint on our government and recognize its soundness. Yet this understanding in no way can be held to contend that government should be hostile to people of faith and is obligated to deprive public life of all religious expression.

In all of this litigation and debate, 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.

We will defend freedom of conscience resolutely. That is inalienable. That is our heritage.

Since he was elected, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty. He has promised that under a Trump Administration, “the federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs.” And he is fulfilling that promise. First, President Trump appointed an outstanding Supreme Court justice with a track record of applying the law as written, Neil Gorsuch. I have confidence that he will be faithful to the full meaning of the First Amendment and protect the rights of all Americans.

This understanding in no way can be held to contend that government should be hostile to people of faith and is obligated to deprive public life of all religious expression.

The president has also directed me to issue guidance on how to apply federal religious liberty protections. The department is finalizing this guidance, and I will soon issue it.

The guidance will also help agencies follow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Congress enacted RFRA so that, if the federal government imposes a burden on somebody’s religious practice, it had better have a compelling reason. That is a demanding standard, and it’s the law of the land. We will follow it just as faithfully as we follow every other federal law. If we’re going to ensure that religious liberty is adequately protected and our country remains free, then we must ensure that RFRA is followed.

Under this administration, religious Americans will be treated neither as an afterthought nor as a problem to be managed. The federal government will actively find ways to accommodate people of all faiths. 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.

This administration, and the upcoming guidance, will be animated by that same American view that has led us for 241 years: that every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith in the public square. It has served this country well, and it has made us not only one of the tolerant countries in the world, it has also helped make us the freest and most generous.

Thank you.

 

Via The Federalist