Hate Group Loses Appeal Over SPLC’s Hate Group Label

Courthouse News Service reports:

The 11th Circuit on Wednesday struck down a Florida evangelical Christian ministry’s claim that it was discriminated against and defamed after the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled it a hate group, causing Amazon to deny its application to fundraise through the online retailing giant’s charitable website.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court upheld an Alabama federal judge’s September 2019 decision to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Fort Lauderdale-based Coral Ridge Ministries Media (also known as D. James Kennedy Ministries) against Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation and the SPLC.

Read the full article. 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 in 2018.