Southern Poverty Law Center Adds Alliance Defending Freedom To Official List Of Anti-LGBT Hate Groups

The Washington Blade reports:

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday announced it has designated an anti-LGBT legal organization as a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., describes the Alliance Defending Freedom as “a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in 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. and internationally.” The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday also released a series of anti-LGBT statements that current and former Alliance Defending Freedom staffers and their supporters have made.

From the SPLC’s report:

According to its website, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was launched on the morning of Jan. 31, 1994, during a meeting of more than 30 Christian leaders, in order to “defend religious freedom before it was too late.”

The founding board and original funders included James Dobson of Focus on the Family; Bill Bright of the Campus Crusade for Christ; D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries (now D. James Kennedy Ministries); and Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association. Its original purpose was to oppose the ACLU and other “radical groups” as well as to fight for “religious liberty.” Since its founding, the ADF has expanded its operations abroad as it battles abortion, LGBT equality, and what it considers the “myth” of the separation of church and state.

Originally called the Alliance Defense Fund (the name changed in 2012), the ADF has been funding cases and training attorneys since its inception, claiming that it is “advocating for freedom in court,” though it also is working to “change the culture,” because, it says, legal victories aren’t enough. In other words, the ADF is attempting to do away with the separation of church and state and graft its version of conservative Christianity onto the legal profession and the culture at large through its legal strategies and the training of thousands of attorneys and by advocating for policy changes on state and federal levels.

From the ADF’s Wikipedia page:

The ADF reported a total revenue of $61.9 million for the year ending June 30, 2015, and net assets of $39.9 million. This compares with a budget of $9,000,000 in 1999.  Some of its funds come from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, the Covenant Foundation and the Bolthouse Fund, which affirms “that man was created by a direct act of God in His image, not from previously existing creatures, and that all of mankind sinned in Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire human race”

Bolding above is motherfucking mine.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Thanks! About time.

  • HZ81

    Good. I must say, I do love it when right-wingers on tv whine about the SPLC.

    “They’re so far left they say my group is a hate group!”

    Yeah, because ya are, Blanche. Ya are.

    I donate to SPLC every month. I encourage the able to do the same.

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      • HZ81

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        • ByronK

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      • SDG

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    • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Nic Peterson

      Chunky heels? I’m surprised it took them as long as it did to ditch her little collection of overpriced schmata.

    • Nic Peterson

      That DeVos lady was sporting Valentino as she was whisked away from that dangerous crowd. The whole ensemble just screamed woman of the people.

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  • joe ho

    SPLC lost credibility with me when it put some high profile moderate Muslim reformers on their hate group list because they criticize fundamentalist Islam.

  • Tawreos

    I just wish that so many of the people on the list didn’t wear their designation of being a hate group as a badge of honor.

    • olandp

      That doesn’t last for long. Tonette had proclaimed his “badge” but now he whines about being unfairly targeted. I think Bryan did too.

  • Joe in PA

    Don’t ya just love the RW organizations with “Freedom” in their names? Ugh.

    • Rex

      Freedom to Hate.

  • Ninja0980

    They should have been added a long time ago.
    If nothing else, let us not forget they support laws that call for LGBT people to be jailed.
    They aren’t concerned with freedom, they want a theocracy, simple as that.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Was it Wildmon or Dobson who talked on the radio about showering with his kids? I get all these guys mixed up.

    Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar Duggar

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    • Steverino

      It wath Dobthon. Fatherth should shower with their thonth so they can thee their father’th penith.

      (Dobson speaks with a pronounced frontal lisp, like the old gay stereotype)

      Creepy.

      • pj

        thats gross

  • itsjoe618

    FINALLY. Took them long enough. Late is better than never, I suppose.

  • Texndoc

    I don’t know if it’s true or not but I was reading there was a campaign among the alt-right to get MILK labeled a hate symbol and the SPLC took the bait in 9 days.

    • Silver Badger

      That does not compute. Milk? Harvey? Cow’s?

      • Texndoc

        Milk the liquid. Stated they could turn it into a white supremacy symbol. You know something that guy who dresses like a pimp and secretly records at abortion clinic does.

        • Silver Badger

          Thank you for clearing that up.

          • Texndoc

            People like the Milo crowd started using little icons of milk in their Twitter handles and wanted to see how long before someone would say it’s the new Pepe hate symbol

    • Tempus Fuggit

      Well, they wouldn’t’ve let it on the internet if it weren’t true.

  • AdamTh

    I typically refer to them as Alliance Defiling Freedom. It’s what they do….

  • bsinps

    What took SPLC so long? 😆

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Long overdue, but still welcome news.

  • Earl

    When religion trumps reason, ADF is a natural result.

    They don’t like the idea that mankind is related to the other forms of life on this planet. I don’t like the idea that religion produces people like them.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Religion, by definition, trumps reason.

      • Earl

        That’ll teach me to try to be profound. 🙂

    • NancyP

      I never understood that “well, I’m not descended from apes” bit. I enjoy being out in nature and seeing the variety, even the unglamorous lives like mushrooms. It is cool that we share some basics with other forms of life.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    What took them so long?

    • another_steve

      It’s good that they’re methodical and demanding, before applying the label.

      When they apply it, you know — the whole world knows — that we’re dealing with a very evil player there.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Well said. Thank you.

  • LovesIrony

    just called them congratulating them on being named an official hate group. Told the schlep that answered the phone that his children and grandchildren will know he works for an official hate group. The youth of today and tomorrow will look on you the way we look at the klan. Toll-free: 800-835-5233

  • Tempus Fuggit

    ’bout time.

  • pj

    thats quite a war chest for a hate group.

    • Earl

      It is, and one question is ‘how much of that money came from Russia?’

      • Bj Lincoln

        The other is ‘are they tax exempt’?

  • fuzzybits

    Is the Bolthouse Fund the Bolthouse Farms people?

    • atchitamo
      • edrex

        finally, some useful news. i always found their carrot juice to be bitter. now i know why.

    • Hue-Man

      I’m getting old! JMG coverage of Bolthouse from nearly a decade ago…

      Bolthouse Farms has been working on improving their reputation with the LGBT community ever since word broke that the company’s founder donated $100K to support Proposition 8.

      http://www.joemygod.com/tag/bolthouse-farms/

      • fuzzybits

        Damn,I can’t believe it’s been that long ago!

      • Bj Lincoln

        I am glad they tried to turn it around but if they are still on the list of donors I won’t be drinking their smoothies. That sucks because I really like their products.

        • Schlukitz

          I love their Chai Tea. But, I don’t think I will be drinking any more of it after hearing of this.

        • Stogiebear

          When I went to the grocery store earlier this month I got some boxed pasta. Barilla was way down there on the bottom shelves. I was tempted to buy it just to save those nickles and dimes but finally snapped out of it and paid a little bit more for the store brand. When an international brand goes for less than the store brand and is more trouble to pick up and put in the buggy, it can’t be long for the shelves.

  • No More GOP.

    Better late than never.

  • Barry William Teske

    It is literally a list of who’s who in the seedy world of the prophetting from spreading HATE.
    Such is the life of those who fail to look within…

  • TuuxKabin

    I’m glad to be sharing my annual IRA distribution with them. The ACLU, SAGE, NAACP, a couple of immigration aid groups, pro-labor groups and several other worth while organizations that have our back(s).

  • Xiao Ai

    Better late than never?

  • j.martindale

    Bigoted and ignorant. What a charming combination.

  • anne marie in philly

    GO SLPC! my spouse has supported them for 20 years.

  • Clive Johnson

    “that man was created by a direct act of God in His image, not from previously existing creatures, and that all of mankind sinned in Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire human race”

    If you ever wonder why there’s so much insanity on the right, so much denial of reality, conspiracy theory, etc., look no further than Christian evangelicalism’s and fundamentalism’s outsized role in fostering ignorance and poor thinking skills.

  • William of Glynn

    Well-deserved recognition!

  • Richard B

    They are a hate group and it is about time we refer to them as one.

  • Peter Hiv

    Our ex-Australian prime minister of two years, Tony Abbott, was paid by them in 2016 to go and make an anti-gay speech. He claims to be a christian FFS.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-defends-common-sense-in-attack-on-gay-marriage-during-speech-to-us-alliance-defending-freedom-20160128-gmgidu.html