Hate Group Sues SPLC Over Hate Group Label

From a press release published by Christian Newswire:

Dr. Frank Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer at D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), announced that DJKM filed suit today in the United States District Court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.

In a statement released today, Dr. Wright said: “We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong. Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”

Wright went on to say: “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith. After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.”

From World Net Daily:

The case alleges that the defendants — online retailer Amazon, online charity reporting company Guidestar and SPLC — damaged the ministries by creating, publishing and promoting SPLC’s infamous “hate” designations.

The hate designations already have prompted a lawsuit by Liberty Counsel against Guidestar. And several organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, have demanded broadcasters retract reports quoting SPLC’s hate designations. The case seeks an award for “special harms from the SPLC” over the groups’ rejection by the AmazonSmile program due to the hate designations. It asks the same from GuideStar and Amazon.

When an employee tried to register the ministry with the AmazonSmile program, he was rejected. “We rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which charities are in ineligible categories,” the employee was told. The brief also explains that GuideStar apparently provided Amazon with the SPLC’s “hate” designation for Kennedy Ministries.

The litigant’s founder, D. James Kennedy [photo above], croaked in 2007. Here’s some of what I wrote on that day:

Kennedy was one of the most notorious rabidly anti-gay fundamentalists in the nation, regularly ranting against gay rights in his weekly tv and radio shows, which reached millions. In 2004, he co-wrote a book called, What’s Wrong With Same-Sex Marriage? Kennedy also produced a television documentary which claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution influenced Adolf Hitler and caused the Holocaust. Two months ago, Kennedy sent 33,000 petitions to Congress to fight the Matthew Shepard Act.

D. James Kennedy Ministries is currently selling an anti-SPLC video and book titled Profit$ Of Hate.

  • Statistics Palin

    I hope the SPLC crucifies these crackers.

    • Macbill

      and counter sues for attorney fees.

  • PickyPecker

    $camming for jebu$

    • Max_1

      The $$$$ signs are important…
      … Without them you’d be: Camming for jebu (a channel on pornhub)

      Where, jebu does get all the $$$$…

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        How did you learn of this Camming for Jebu?

        Asking for a friend.

        • David Walker

          googleporn.com ?

      • KCMC

        Chaturbate

  • Max_1
    • Todd20036

      So THAT’S what ended the dinosaurs.

    • vorpal 😼

      Ha! My husband will be happy. All of his nightmares involve either velociraptors or cleaning up after me!

      • ColdCountry

        Another victim of Jurassic Park? Like Jaws, I think the movie created a generation of nightmares.

        • vorpal 😼

          You got it :-).

          It’s funny to watch him try to escape velociraptors in his sleep. Usually I take pity on him in the first 15 seconds or so and wake him up. When he asks why I woke him up, I respond, “Just changing the channel, honey.”

          • David Walker

            You are such a good kitty. So thoughtful of that 2-legged being beside you. Who’s a good kitty? Such a good kitty.

          • vorpal 😼

            =purrrrrrrrrs of fondness=
            (I can be a very naughty kitty, too!)

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      • Joseph Miceli

        You KNOW that’s going on my Facebook page, right?

      • Kruhn

        Tell your husband that velociraptors are the size of turkeys and some paleontologists call the velociraptors “the angry chicken”. The raptors in Jurassic Park are more like the bigger Utahraptor than the velociraptor.

  • Bryan

    I guess we’ll find out if Dr. Wright is wrong.

  • ETownCanuck

    If you are not in fact, a hate group, then it should be fairly easy to disprove the claim…Go ahead, we’ll wait….

    • John Kusters

      The SLPC has very clear criteria for what they consider to be a “Hate Group” and every entry into the list is backed up by exactly what caused them to apply the label. This *should* be a slam-dunk in court.

      • ETownCanuck

        One would hope, however stranger things have happened. After Donald Trump became President, I don’t trust in slam-dunks anymore.

  • james1200
  • Todd20036

    fine, take it to court. Sorry, but as long as Trump didn’t flood the courts yet with his minions, judges aren’t going to be impressed with claims that aren’t backed by science, and given that now everything is recorded in the internet, it’ll be an open and shut case.

  • The Milkman

    This case is one of many that are circulating in the legal sphere that will address one primary question – where do one person’s religious liberties end, and another person’s civil and human rights begin? It is a question that must be answered in our favor.

    • The_Wretched

      The religoons don’t have a legal foot to stand on. They are, at best, trying to get a back door ‘blasphemy’ law via the court system. The endgame has to be a hail mary at SCOTUS as they will lose at every lower court.

      • Uncle Mark

        They’ll capitalize on this lawsuit…claiming that they are fighting those “evil liberal forces that seek to undermine Christianity. Please give us more money, so that Christianity may prevail.” At the same time, they’re hoping to drain the coffers of the SPLC in a frivolous lawsuit, while attempting to intimidate them.

  • safari

    Did prayer not work?

    • Jonathan Smith

      again?

    • Max_1

      Not enough hope… they have plenty of prayers.

      • David Walker

        Actually, they don’t have much of a prayer if “Liberty” “Counsel” is representing them. (“Those who do not learn from the lessons of history are condemned to use ‘Liberty’ ‘Counsel’.” Ruminations 8:4)

    • Smokey

      Not enough “thoughts”.

  • Jonathan Smith

    “libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.”
    sorry, cookie, you did that yourself, we just arent letting you get away with it anymore. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc900d265c3393df048613d5a059134f0de14d1cf08e5a95213f8bac66b22423.jpg

  • The_Wretched

    I’m not seeing a justiciable harm.

  • JoeMyGod

    After James Kennedy dropped dead, he was replaced by Billy Graham’s grandson, Rev. Tullian Tchividjian, who was shitcanned in 2015 after confessing to two adulterous affairs.

    • BobSF_94117

      Only two? Missed the quota, I guess.

      • Jamie_Johnson

        No, they were with adults. They only excuse “adulterous” affairs with children.

      • David Walker

        Only 2 in 8 years showed a definite lack of drive, a diminished go-get-’em motivation. That was not what Jimmy KKKennedy would have wanted.

    • Hank

      Had to google, who he was. I just found out, that the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church where both Kennedy and Tchividijan did their “work” is just 4 miles up Federal Hwy from me!!! (And about the same distance from Wilton Manors) Oh the SHAME!!!
      BTW, this is one of the pics I found of the ADULTERER!!!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6b10f60a814bfe495dffe0eee70ed7a8fa85fa84378608ce33f0ac5541b0f92.jpg

      • JoeMyGod

        Yep. Coral Ridge is the gigantic church right on US 1 just north of Sunrise.

        • Ken Clark

          You DO know that they have a humongous organ.

  • Ben in Oakland

    They might regret doing this. SPLC is lawyers, who have well documented false claims about gay people.

    They could probably learn from what happened with St. Oscar. when the marquess of queensbury called him a sodomite, St. Oscar, against the advice of his friends, decided to sue for libel. He lost, and that led to his criminal prosecution, which destroyed his life.

    May the Kennedy ministries get the karma they have earned.

    • Reality.Bites

      The World Nazi Daily article seems to indicate they are suing Amazon for denying them the ability to grift on their back, not suing SPLC directly.

      • ColdCountry

        But Amazon is a private company and can do what it wants – as far as who they accept for fundraising and who they don’t. Good luck, dudes.

  • Max_1

    Snowflakes for Jesus…
    … Jesus tissues.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/975134fedc3b4e7aef7c023c325365d1eb14ce717cedcaa68d6887caf47cd530.jpg
    (doubles as cum cloths for Christ)

  • AtticusP

    They preach “love”, but there’s a lot more there than meets the eye.

    And, for the most part, it’s all about the Benjamins.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbf36aed647f91269f116f3eca6945a91c3c8ca6c9e59bdb86b4889e3857393b.jpg

  • vorpal 😼

    Pssst… buddy: you can subscribe to the “traditional Christian faith” without dragging the rest of us down to your level and imposing your 2000+ year old mythologies on us.

    • Jonathan Smith

      Psst….apparently they can’t.

      • vorpal 😼

        The fact that we don’t live our lives in trembling fear of an evil sky daddy invented by humans and don’t feel constrained by the rules attributed to him makes them seethe with rage.

        That makes me happy. 😸

        • Jonathan Smith
        • ColdCountry

          I think that besides making them angry, they are jealous. We heathens enjoy life, they can’t.

          My Mom was a Christian. When she moved up here, she checked out the local churches, but didn’t join any. She’s been a member of a church at home, and I’m sure she missed the society. When I asked her why she hadn’t joined a church, she said they were all too fire and brimstone for her, that she believed in a loving, all-inclusive, forgiving god. She is the major reason I can’t condemn all Christians; she lived her faith, but didn’t preach it.

          • vorpal 😼

            I think their sense of enjoyment is in feeling they are superior to other people, which is why they bother with us in the first place instead of just being able to leave us alone.

            I have also been lucky enough to meet some really good Christians… although ha: we have one very devout evangelical Christian friend right now, and we play a lot of board games. One of the games is all about lying / bluffing, and she always loses because she really believes that even in the context of a game, she can’t lie.

    • Ben in Oakland

      That’s it exactly. They can believe whatever they want, but when they try to force it on other people by using the civil law that governs all of us, then they will have some problems.

      They simply don’t see that that is what they are doing.

      • Librarykid

        Is that what’s called “blind faith?”

        • Stogiebear

          Perhaps. But it’s definitely why they’re called a Hate Group. Their crucifiction is a thing to behold.

        • Danieruw

          True Faith

      • ColdCountry

        They don’t. They really don’t see it that way. They think it’s right because they know it is for the best. They see it as absolute truths, not beliefs, and therefor, it’s ok to legislate it.

        I have a conservative xtain cousin who asked me once if I believed in an absolute truth. I thought for a while, considering things like gravity and that if you drop something, it falls. But if you aren’t on earth, gravity behaves differently. So, in the end I said, I believe in science, and in science, the “truth” – or rather facts – can change as our knowledge changes. “Absolute truth? No, I guess not.” That was the end of the conversation. I still wonder where she was going with that, but was pleased that it didn’t go on as I do like her and didn’t want to be contentious. Also remember a conversation with a cc at work. She asked if I believed in heaven. I said no, at least not as described by any of the major religions – that I was aware of. She asked if I believed in hell, and I said absolutely not. She said, OK, and that was it. Those people I can deal with.

    • JCF

      These bigots do NOT practice “traditional Christian faith”! Their form of bigotry was INVENTED in the 20th century. Me and Jesus say…

      Fuck ’em!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a445978e5b14d291e9204fbb49d619901c5e7ad4ebdc5927602d3a4ff42df8e.jpg

  • clay

    Imagine the theology of a Christian ministry named after someone other than Christ.

    • pj

      first thing i thought too

      • Librarykid

        But, like Christ, he’s dead.

  • Max_1
    • TimCA

      LOL!!!

  • jmax

    So they were okay with the hate designation until it started to interfere with the flow of money. Got it.

    • Jonathan Smith

      Okay with?
      they LOVED it.

    • prixator

      That was my first thought when I read that they are also suing Amazon and Guidestar – it’s about the money (as it usually is with the evangelicals).

  • Cuberly

    “…solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith,…”

    Um…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd09fa84b79bbc42283f649636f4eb398415509323fbddc89869c775729fff62.jpg

  • another_steve

    You have a right to speak hate and I have a right to call you out on it.

    • Jonathan Smith
      • another_steve

        I don’t know why but I just feel like leaving this here.
        —————–
        “You’re warning me? Me? I’m Harold and I’m the one person you don’t warn, Michael because you and I are alike. And we tread very carefully around each other because we both play each other’s game too well. I know this game you’re playing. I know it very well and I play it very well. You play it very well too, but you know what? I’m the only one who’s better at it than you are. I can beat you at it, so don’t push me. I’m warning you!”

        —Harold, “The Boys in the Band”

        • Jonathan Smith
        • Librarykid

          That was in the second act when everything got very unpleasant, wasn’t it? Our next door neighbor and her partner, who were both like dear aunts to me and my siblings, took me to see that in 1970, I think, before it got booted out of the Atlanta Performing Arts Center.

          • another_steve

            As soon as Harold walks in to his birthday party, things start going downhill real fast.

          • Todd20036

            It decays into an orgy?

          • another_steve

            “What I am, Michael, is a 32 year-old, ugly, pock-marked Jew fairy, and if it takes me a little while to pull myself together, and if I smoke a little grass before I get up the nerve to show my face to the world, it’s nobody’s god damned business but my own. And how are you this evening?”

            ~ Harold (again)

          • Robincho

            Harold’s only problem was that he never stopped bobbing for french fries…

    • Schlukitz

      The law does not permit hate speech against the black community, call for it’s rounding-up, imprisonment, criminalization or the execution of.

      That said, why do they have a right to call for all of those things to be perpetrated against LGBT people???

      • another_steve

        Hate speech based on race or ethnicity is certainly legal here in the U.S. Were it not, Donald Trump would be in jail by now. What you can’t do here is overtly incite violence.

        So it’s legal for me to get on my soapbox and say, “I’m in favor of sending all [pick a race or ethnicity] back to [pick a country],” but I can’t legally say, “Go out now, round them up and send them packing.”

  • 2patricius2

    Ah, yes. Trump: “Fake media!” Wrght: “Fake SPLC!” Neither likes to admit they are haters and con artists. Even when the tapes and their words prove they are.

  • Uncle Mark

    How cute. These ministries are suing over being labeled as a hate group for their beliefs and what their ministries spew. Does that mean that we in the gay community can sue their labelling us as evil because we believe we are attracted to the same sex? Can women sue because they are being equally mislabeled because they believe they have a right to control their own body?

    One would think these Christianista bigots would wear that label proudly. I guess it is true; bigots hate being called bigots.

    • Tomcat

      Sounds reasonable to me. You know, eye for an eye, straight from the biiible.

    • -M-

      In fact they’re not being labeled for their beliefs or even their support for legal discrimination, but for using defamatory lies to promote hatred and prejudice. SPLC makes it clear that you have to actually foment hate for them to call you a hate group.

    • ColdCountry

      They were proud of the designation until it started to cost them money. Shallow doesn’t begin to describe them.

  • Max_1

    Don’t hate…
    Masterbate.

    • Jonathan Smith

      can’t i do both?

      • jmax

        I’ve heard of a hate fuck, but a hate wank?

    • Longpole

      Ya, “Bust a nut for Jesus”.

    • Harveyrabbit

      Whoa! I don’t think Jebus would approve of that!
      Every sperm is sacred.
      Every sperm is great.
      If a sperm is wasted,
      God gets quite irate.

      Let the heathen spill theirs
      On the dusty ground.
      God shall make them pay for
      Each sperm that can’t be found.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk

  • JWC

    Well Bucko as the old saying goes “If the foe shits wear it”

  • Cuberly

    OT: Um, what does the first letter of each paragraph spell?

    https://twitter.com/dan_kammen/status/900360794231013376

    • Tomcat

      UH, how about the fact that he is against science, did that matter at all?

    • Menergy

      Very observant ! That many letters cannot be coincidental! 😈

      • Cuberly

        Others noticed it and it’s getting passed around. I wish I was that observant…lol…

        • another_steve

          I still don’t get it. :-/

          • Jonathan Smith

            I.M.P.E.A.C.H.

          • Cuberly

            The first letter of each paragraph spells out impeach.

          • another_steve

            Ohmigod I actually missed that. :-/

            Thanks.

          • Cuberly

            lol….no probs 😉

    • ChrisInKansas

      The first letter in the news was RESIST. This one IMPEACH. Gotta wonder if the next one will just be FUCKUTRUMP.

  • Tomcat

    If the sheet fits, wear it.

    • Librarykid

      Good One!

  • Stubenville
  • GayOldLady

    “The litigant’s founder, D. James Kennedy [photo above], croaked in 2007”

    This is the photo you should have used, Joe. https://www.thalabeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/wildlife-05.jpg

    • Tomcat

      Surely he was not that pretty.

      • GayOldLady

        That crap is on every day here and has been for years. I’ve blocked all the Jeezuz cable channels on my TV so that I don’t even have to watch them when I’m channel surfing. Unfortunately 3 of our locals also carry Jeezuz on Sunday and I can’t block them because I need them for local news, weather and traffic. But I write to them regularly asking them to take the christian indoctrination down and replace it with movies, but that’s never going to happen down here in Christofied Dixie.

        • clay

          “public service for Christians with mobility impairments”

          Ya know what would really be a public service for Christians with mobility impairments? Improving church building accessibility and having deacons actually out, caring for the poor, widows, orphans, so the TV could show wrestling, fishing, and golf on Sunday mornings … or old movies

          • GayOldLady

            That would be a unique solution, but that would mean they’d have to spend their untaxed revenue on something really meaningful. The local churches that broadcast here on Sunday are megachurches. Their campuses look like country clubs. I’m certain their outreach is limited to people with money or people they think have money because THE WILL/Endowment. It’s an absolute shame.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Canadian judge pulled off bench, faces discipline over wearing Trump hat in court.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/08/23/hamilton-judge-who-wore-trump-hat-in-court-admits-he-committed-misconduct.html

    “I’m not a Trump supporter,” Zabel said Wednesday. “I find it very difficult to find the words to express my profound regret for what I did that day.”

    Zabel agreed under cross-examination by presenting counsel Linda Rothstein that people may think the hat could be tied to sexism, racism and bigotry, but said he does not ascribe to those views.

    • Tomcat

      How about just plane bad behavior for a judge?

    • Bluto

      lemme guess, he wore it by accident.

      • John Kusters

        He just slipped and landed head-first in the hat that he had never seen before, and he got so distracted he plum forgot he had fallen in it. Riiiiight.

        • clay

          It’s a familiar story:
          “He just slipped and landed head-first in the Hispanic young man whom he had never met before, and he got so distracted he plum forgot that the restroom he was in was public.”

    • Librarykid

      What a lovely menu of hate to have associated with your name, politics and administration.

    • Stogiebear

      If he doesn’t subscribe to those views which of Shitgibbon’s views does he subscribe to? Pussy grabbing? Not paying for services rendered? Pathological lying? White supremacy? Nazism? Xenophobia? Racism? Adultery? Treason? We’re waiting, Judge Zabel.

  • bkmn

    Do they really want their dirty laundry aired out in open court?

    • SammySeattle

      This is just another stunt. The suit will be dropped before it moves to the discovery phase. They know that the evidence is entirely too damning to proceed.

      • Jamie_Johnson

        I was thinking this exact course of action; DJKM either doesn’t know how discovery works, or they planned on withdrawing the suit within hours of receiving the publicity. Frankly, they should be censured and fined for frivolous use of the judicial system.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          They don’t know how a lot of things work. Reason, logic, science, compassion, love, decency, I could go on and on.

        • swimboy

          Seems like the SPLC could counter-sue for impugning their reputation by implying that their categorizations are misleading and/or untrue.

        • ColdCountry

          I dunno. The BELIEVE, after all. Or so they say….

  • boatboy_srq

    Isn’t this just more fundamental misreading of the Constitution? Just because you’re guaranteed that the state won’t impede your beliefs/behaviors is no assurance that the private sector must do the same. IANAL but I suspect Amazon is well within their rights not doing business with these blowhards nor providing for their continued grift.

  • JWC

    its the other edge of the sword .,They can hate but do not call them out for it

  • joe ho

    lol. So much for the far-right’s claim to be defenders of free speech.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • madknits

      I want your translation!

  • Mark McGovern

    Good; let’s get his all out in the open.

  • Snarky
  • Tomcat

    American Cretin Religion Foundation says what?

  • SammySeattle

    I would love, love, love to be on the defense discovery team. Unfortunately this suit will most likely never move to discovery. They’ll drop the suit because of “cost” or some other reason that is allegedly beyond their control.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Very quietly. And let their followers think the suit is still active.

      • Librarykid

        Well, we should hope so. They will be asked for money to defend it for years.

  • Duh-David

    Do political entities get to claim religious persecution just because they’re hiding behind pews?

    • clay

      Oh, they don’t even have to have pews, these days, thanks to the intertubes.

      • Duh-David

        I originally wrote “bibles,” but the image of scamvengelicals crouching behind pews was just too good to ignore.

  • Steven B

    If the shoe fits…..
    I’m looking forward to the SPLC response.

  • Buford

    So… their argument is that they are not a hate group, but rather a church which follows a particularly hateful, nasty, and bigoted interpretation of Christianity, which makes their hate objective rather than subjective and therefore perfectly legal and immune to criticism…?

  • Tulle Christensen

    They do know SPLC is made up of mostly lawyers and they lay out exactly what actions a group took to get the hate group label. right?

    • -M-

      But the rubes who donate to the scamvangelicals don’t know.

    • clay

      The hate groups are moralistic– all their rules are more about what others ought to be doing, than what they do, themselves. They assume all people ignore the rules.

    • Natty Enquirer

      SPLC doesn’t even have to go that far. “Hate group” is an obvious opinion, which not actionable as defamation.

      • Reality.Bites

        Moreover it’s clear the lawsuit is about Amazon’s Smiles charity program refusing to allow them to receive a share of sales. (Mine is set to Ali Forney)

        Regardless of what the SPLC says or doesn’t say, Amazon is under no obligation to give a percentage of its revenues to anyone they don’t want to. It’s never going to be you Frank. Never going to be you. You’re just not pretty enough.

  • WitlessProtection

    Are they sure they want to air their views in public for all to see? This could be fun.

  • Phil2u

    the Rapture = Thank god they’re gone

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    we prefer the term compassionately impaired.

  • Hank
  • Natty Enquirer

    Go ahead and spend your money. All that matters is the big splash of announcing the lawsuits. There will be not so much as a whimper when they are dismissed.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      They won’t get to the dismissal phase. The case will be withdrawn once they get their publicity bump. DKJM either doesn’t know about the discovery process, or this was a sham from the outset…. maybe both!

      • CharlestonDave

        I predict a beg-a-thon to raise money for their legal fees.

        • Schlukitz

          Bingo!

  • TexasBoy

    These folks have been “going to be raptured up” any minute now for the last two thousand years.

    • Schlukitz

      Otis Elevator Company has been a bit derelict in servicing their “uplift” mechanism. 😉

      • TexasBoy

        Well, obviously. I mean, the Radical Christian Right’s elevator never did go to the penthouse. 😉

  • Dagoril

    Well Discovery is going to be interesting. Sure, let’s put the cray cray in front of a judge, and see what happens!

    • coram nobis

      That’s the thing about a defamation lawsuit: the Plaintiff makes himself the subject of the lawsuit and is in no position to block defense discovery or cross-examination (no pun). I’m curious, in particular, on how much income this religious organization avoided in taxes.

      It’s also going to be interesting to compare the alleged “defamation” to how much defamation this ministry engaged in over the years against LGBT people, organizations and individuals. Maybe there’s a place for third-party intervention alongside the defendants, maybe a cross-complaint.

      • Reality.Bites

        And let’s face it, Jesus himself couldn’t stand up to cross examination.

        • ColdCountry

          You are soooooo bad. May I buy you a drink?

        • Schlukitz

          I see what you did there. 😉

        • coram nobis

          And his plan didn’t include Roman charges.

  • WillMoor

    Then we should sue them for what they say about homosexuality. We would have just as much right to sue them that they have to sue the SPLC. Actually, I think we would have MORE of a right.

    • David Walker

      Seems fair.

  • Belthazar

    I hope it gets as far as deposing these a$$holes. I would offer my services for free.

  • Rex

    Suing is the Christian thing to do.
    I believe it was Jesus who sued Pontius Pilate for wrongful death.

    • coram nobis

      No, this is more like Pontius Pilate suing Jesus’ followers for libel.

    • Clive Johnson

      The lawsuit was thrown out when they discovered that he didn’t die after all, and that the whole thing was a weird supernatural con job.

    • ColdCountry

      Suing is right up there with turning the other cheek.

  • Ken M

    When are these fools going to get it. The rights they claim can/will come with consequences if they are inappropriately used. NOTHING is FREE. Exercise your “freedoms” all you want. Remember your opposition has the same rights that you do.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      Matthew 7:12; why is it that I, an atheist, knows their book of fairytales better than they do?

      • David Walker

        Because it really is fun to point out those annoying little details. That “Love your neighbor” bit and “Love one another” really sends them into apoplexy…which, in their cases, I enjoy watching.

      • Tor

        Reading and learning the Bible is a very good way to decide to become an atheist. They obviously do not read or understand it.

  • Thorn Spike

    Let’s hope they hire Liberty Counsel.

    • prixator

      or ADF.

  • Clive Johnson

    Kennedy was an authoritarian of the first rank, making stentorian pronouncements in a tone of certitude that revealed his intolerance and dogmatism. His dour seriousness and scolding arrogance made him easy to dislike.

  • Ken M

    Looks like somebody is desperate for press/air time. I guess “just” praying isn’t cutting it. No notice as to how much $$$ they’re suing for. So much for filling in their followers about everything, aka, “we need your help, please send money.”

  • If they can get damages for this, then every movie producer could sue the critics that give them bad reviews. If they are reporting things as facts that can be demonstrated to be untrue, then they may have a case. (Maajid Nawaz certainly has a case against SPLC!) But you can’t sue someone because you don’t like their opinion of you. This is the kind of speech that the 1st Amendment was written to protect.

  • 604brian

    Anyone have the specifics on what this ministry has done to warrant hate group status?

    • ColdCountry

      Kennedy started Coral Ridge Ministries. Not sure if it’s the same, renamed, or a different sub-group.
      https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2010/18-anti-gay-groups-and-their-propaganda

    • Schlukitz

      “Kennedy was one of the most notorious rabidly anti-gay fundamentalists in the nation, regularly ranting against gay rights in his weekly tv and radio shows, which reached millions. In 2004, he co-wrote a book called, What’s Wrong With Same-Sex Marriage? Kennedy also produced a television documentary which claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution influenced Adolf Hitler and caused the Holocaust. Two months ago, Kennedy sent 33,000 petitions to Congress to fight the Matthew Shepard Act.”

  • Nowhereman

    “Odium”. That will be my word for the day.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Thrown out of court on the first day.

  • Jack

    Good. Let the courts vindicate SPLC. They have the facts.

    Let those groups go the way of Aryan Nation.

  • IDavid

    It would seem classifying groups as hate groups, which is easily documented in these cases, would fall under free speech. I see SPLC winning more fame and big legal dollars in this sitch.

  • Randy503

    I welcome this lawsuit. The defendants will be able to cross examine the jerks and use their own words against them. And they will win because of free speech. But it will generate more publicity, which is great.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    These motherfuckers have not learned that in court “because i say so” will not win a case. Good, let a judge tell them they ARE a hate group

  • Sporkfighter

    The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.

    Just out of curiousity, what services does DJKM offer, and how effective are they at delivering? They claim they can deliver God’s blessing. Can they substantiate that claim?

  • Danieruw

    The discovery phase of the trial should be awesome!

  • Don Izzy

    These scumbags peddled hate for two hours at a crack for decades on the telly. They promoted screwball right wing politicians for decades. They played in politics locally and nationally, yet they never were investigated for failure to follow the rules for a 501-C3 organization.

    Bookem Danno

  • Ken Clark

    Odium???

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