Federal Court: Hate Groups Can Be Called Hate Groups

The Associated Press reports:

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.

Coral Ridge earned its hate group status under viciously anti-LGBT Pastor D. James Kennedy. (The D is for dead, which he now is.) Liberty Counsel lost its own suit on the issue last year. The clip below is from 2017 when Coral Ridge filed its suit.