It’s no surprise that Christians get the raw end of the stick when it comes to how they are treated by progressives, particularly since their religious views often lead to championing objective standards of morality, personal responsibility, and liberty, which conflict with the leftist worldview.
We’ve seen Christian bakers have their business shut down for refusing to cater gay weddings, religious politicians bashed for living out their faith in the public eye, and kids getting reprimanded for reading their Bibles at school.
However, ABC News’ Pete Madden and Erin Galloway are taking things to a whole new level.
According to The Federalist:
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 won’t 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.
Who is this “hate group?” Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] is not a hate group at all, but a civil liberties organization that battles for religious liberty. And they’re 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 they’ve had no losses at the high court.
The ADF is considered one of the best law firms in the country for its success rate in defending the rights of Americans before the Supreme Court. Hardly sounds like a “hate group” does it?
So what’s up with ABC News throwing criticism toward the ADF? It has a lot to do with their acceptance of the narrative of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The Federalist continues:
Here’s 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.
Here’s another priceless gem about the SPLC: remember the Alexandria, CA shooting in June? The one where a radical leftist purposefully targeted Republican politicians who were practicing for a baseball game? Turns out the shooter was a fan of the SPLC.
It’s ironic how quickly leftists will call a person of the Christian faith a hateful person, despite the fact the overwhelming majority of them are extremely peaceful and well mannered in their disagreement, while giving Muslims a free pass, ignoring the reality of the terrorism that plagues that belief system.
If you are going to judge one, shouldn’t you equally judge the other?
[Note: This article was written by Steve Parker]