A federal judge says a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson threw out a lawsuit filed by the Florida-based Coral Ridge Ministries Media Inc. against the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama.
The ministry sued the law center, Amazon and others in 2017 because it wasn’t included in a program that lets Amazon customers donate to nonprofit groups. The suit says the refusal was because the law center had labeled the ministry a hate group for its stance against homosexual behavior.
Thompson’s 141-page decision stated that the watchdog organization has a free-speech right to make the claim, but he didn’t address whether the ministry is a hate organization.
“Any organization we list as a hate group is free to disagree with us about our designation, but this ruling underscores that the designation is constitutionally protected speech and not defamatory,” said Karen Baynes-Dunning, interim president of the SPLC.
SPLC defines a hate group as an organization that attacks or maligns an entire class of people, typically over characteristics such as race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. SPLC is based in Alabama, which is where the ministries filed its lawsuit and Thompson is a U.S. District Court judge.
Anti-gay Liberty Counsel spokesdouche and self-professed martyr “Fat Matt” Barber wrote an op-ed piece for World NUT Net Daily and attempted to heft his might girth up upon the cross with Brian Brown and Mat Staver to declare that THEY are the victims of violence and hate by evil radical homosexuals.
“Motive to kill? Fomented. Who to kill? Provided. Where to kill? Pinpointed, with easy access to driving directions. The only thing the SPLC did not do was purchase Corkins’ gun and drive him to the crime scene. Here’s why, to my own aghast bewilderment, I’m left with little choice but to believe the SPLC may be intentionally inciting anti-Christian violence. Is the SPLC a left-wing extremist group? Absolutely. Are they anti-Christian? Without a doubt. But few would have believed, until now, that they might intentionally, with malice aforethought, seek to incite anti-Christian bloodshed.” – Matt Barber,
Truth In Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries) has made a video profile of Matt Barber with this notation: “Conspicuous by her absence is Sarah Barber, Matt’s wife. Note what one of our VOs says in the feature: Our TV crew asked Matt if we could videotape his family, but he declined — because of the constant death threats he receives from the forces of ‘tolerance’.” Also Barber talks about his claim of being fired from Allstate Insurance for writing an anti-gay article. In reality Allstate has called Barber a liar in the past numerous times: “Allstate would not terminate an employee for expressing personal religious views on his or her own time. Any allegation suggesting otherwise is false.”
HA! Matt’s “wife” is in hiding? Well I would hide my head in shame if “married” to him too.