SPLC Denounces AG Jeff Sessions For Speech To Hate Group: If They Had Their Way, Gays Would Be In Jail

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a secret address to an infamous anti-LGBT hate group which advocates for criminalizing homosexuality. (And against many other civil rights for LGBT citizens.) The DOJ repeatedly declined to release the transcript of Sessions’ speech, which only appeared later in the week on a right wing site after a Freedom Of Information Act demand had been filed.

Just in from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lent the credibility of his office to a group committed to legalizing discrimination against the LGBT community. In a major speech to Alliance Defending Freedom at the group’s “Summit on Religious Liberty” in Dana Point, California, Sessions expressed sympathy for the group’s contention that its religious freedom is jeopardized by laws and court rulings that protect the rights of LGBT people.

SPLC President Richard Cohen noted the irony that the attorney general “would 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 law to the LGBT community.”

The ADF is, in fact, not about defending freedom, as its name says. Rather, it’s a hate group that cloaks itself in religion as it spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community in this country and seeks to criminalize it abroad. If the ADF had its way, gay people would be back in the closet for fear of going to jail.

The group supports the fraudulent practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy. Its first president, Alan Sears, has argued that pedophilia and homosexuality are “intrinsically linked” (a dangerous falsehood long employed by anti-LGBT hate groups). In 2003, its lawyers argued against the eventual U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said sexual conduct between consenting adults is protected by the Constitution, a decision that struck down state laws criminalizing gay sex.

The ADF is representing the Colorado baker in his upcoming case before the US Supreme Court.

  • Gest2016

    What a disgusting beady-eyed rat-fuck. The only redeeming quality of a bigot is they have expiration dates, and his appears to be rapidly approaching.

    • Frostbite

      not soon enough.

      • ted-

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  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    LCR and Caitlyn Jenner could not be reached for comment.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Since the administration loves trolling the left (more than governing), why doesn’t Sessions accept a speaking engagement from the KKK? Didn’t they try to adopt a highway once, so they are totes a do-gooder organizatio!. And when sane people scream, you can just trot out Freedom of Speech and how us people who believe in equality are sooooo intolerant.

    • They not only tried but succeeded to adopt a road in west central Florida.

      Seriously.

      My husband didn’t believe it until I showed him the sign when we last visited.

      😒😑😞

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I remember there were lawsuits trying to block them. I had forgot that they won. But then again – Florida.

        • netxtown

          speaking of…what ever happened to that Bondi bimbo?

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Shocking that she hasn’t been given a position in the administration yet.

            Just for fun I googled. This is from six days ago: “Pam Bondi case over unregistered charities heads to court.

            A Tallahassee-based circuit judge will hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit against Attorney General Pam Bondi that claims she forces businesses to pony up millions of dollars to unregistered charities as part of settlements in consumer protection cases.

            The plaintiff, Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith, was investigated on a consumer fraud allegation by Bondi’s office in 2015. He invented Storm Stoppers plastic panels as a “plywood alternative” to protect windows during storms.

            He now argues that some of the unregistered charities Bondi makes settling parties give money to is her own “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award and various
            “scholarship funds designated by the Attorney General.”

            Smith also said Bondi was wrongly directing contributions to her office’s nonprofit, Seniors vs. Crime, which is a “conflict of interest,” the suit says. Two of its directors work for Bondi.”

            http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241216-pam-bondi-unregistered-charities

          • Stogiebear

            Came across this pic of her in my computer while searching for something else:

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8d920eb11c6c176e1ec49a9db2fe576818e1ce09108670a25ccae3ff85e437f.jpg

      • Robincho

        In Floriduh, wouldn’t a Highway to Hell be redundant?…

    • Jay Silversmith

      The KKK did adopt stretches of highway on the Missouri/Arkansas border with huge federal tax-payer funded signs. But people kept stealing the signs to put on their livingroom walls.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      That cop could bend me over a car

      • William

        Please, a sleazy motel room is much more comfortable.

        • Todd20036

          You people are disgusting.

          *hugs*

        • David Walker

          But if you’re outside, nothing beats resting one’s torso on the tailgate of a pickup….I’ve heard.

      • M Jackson

        I’m going to give you exactly 15 minutes to stop that gutter talk.

  • netxtown

    Oh c’mon now. Give the guy a break. You know it’s got to be tiresome having a beer resting on your head while sucking off Trump….

    • McSwagg

      … with those ears just begging to be used as “handles”.

  • Michael R
  • Ninja0980

    For all the talk of liberal media, the fact is if someone from ADF is on TV, they are never called out for the fact that they have encouraged and defended laws that call for LGBT to be jailed.
    Just once I’d like to see someone call out these theocratic assholes but good.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Hate Speech laws would clear the air of people like Brian Fischer and temper nutjobs like Jones.

      • The one good thing about our country not having Hate Speech laws is we know who is our enemy. Because are allowed to work in the light, we can squish their more vile lies. Darkness grows the most hideous monsters, secret groups are more powerful.

    • Chucktech

      Has someone from ADF been on any TV media other than Fox News? Obviously, THEY would never call them out for what they are.

  • cleos_mom

    Carefully doctored American history has become quite the thing with the religious reich. It’s been the inspiration-of-the-day for Mark Levin’s routine psychotic radio breaks for awhile.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Bj Lincoln

      That was great. I love that Stephen has not held back when it comes to Drumpf and friends.

  • Bj Lincoln

    It’s a shame that the person in charge of enforcing the laws in our country hates LGBT people and weed. If he had things his way (and he very well can) all LGBT people would be in jail right next to every pot smoker while he gets a big check from the private prisons he helps fill.

    • William

      Back in 1986, Nancy Reagan’s people released a story saying smoking pot led to gay sex.

      • castaway

        Now there’s a reason to start tokin’ but the few times I’ve tried smoking (no like) it usually just puts me to sleep.

        • stevenj

          That’s one of the medicinal values (can help with insomnia) of pot. My husband takes it right before bed – a little gummy bear like dose under his tongue. Not only does he sleep better but he seems more relaxed overall when he’s awake.

          • Wonderful tip, thanks! Hubby suffers so from insomnia and all of the meds he has tried has left him feeling groggy all day.

        • kareemachan

          I have used it for nausea when they were trying to figure out what the hell was going on with my body. Cthulhu bless pot stores here in WA – they were able to steer me to a product that was expressly for nausea.

      • David Walker

        I think that was the first time I heard the joke about “men who lay with men like a woman should be stoned…it’s just that we’ve been using the wrong definition of ‘stoned.'” Can’t remember who said it, though.

      • stevenj

        No wonder there’s so many of us.

    • JCF

      JMO: I have no problem w/ the legalization of cannabis. However, I cannot equate in my mind “hates LGBT people and weed”. What one believes about a substance is not equal to hatred of *people*. The former may be mistaken, the latter is EXECRABLE.

  • JWC

    Sessions is such a 2 faced asshole

    • Sorry to disagree, but like Pence he only has one face when it comes to matters of civil rights for LGBTQ folks, women’s right reproductive freedom, and racism. Those two are bone deep bigots, and no one and nothing will ever change their outlook.

      • JWC

        2 dangerous old pricks

  • teedofftaxpayer

    I say get a gun and be waiting for them when they come.

  • Richard B

    If I had my way, Jeffery Beauregard Sessions, the always looking backwards hateful southern bigot, would be in jail for lying under oath to the senate and on his security clearance form about his meetings with high ranking Russian officials.

  • FormerMainer

    “which advocates for criminalizing homosexuality.”

    – I was not aware of this position. Anyone know when/how they did/do this?

  • Robert Eames

    If you don’t know, the elf on a shelf has been buds with Steve Bannon for years, and they’ve been scheming all along on how to make America white again. They were not friends with the toddler-in-chief, but he fell right into their pit of hate when elected and the rest is going to make history.