BLOGVIDEO: ABC Citing “Hate Group” Label as Fact is Not Only False, But Irresponsible

By Sarah Kramer Posted on: | July 14, 2017

ABC News abandoned foundational principles of journalism this week by essentially copying and pasting the title from a hit-piece the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) put out on Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), calling ADF a “hate group.”


splcheadline-stmtimg-071417


But nothing could be further from the truth. ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner went on Fox News to address this claim:




In a time when so many people are up in arms about fake news, ABC’s irresponsible reporting only adds fuel to the fire. First of all, Attorney General Jeff Sessions comments are public, and you can read his remarks on The Federalist. On top of that, citing SPLC as a reputable source is dangerous, as SPLC “hate group” designations have been used in the past to incite violence.

And repeatedly calling ADF a “hate group” – giving ADF no chance to comment – shows just how out-of-touch ABC really is. We are asking that ABC apologize and retract the story.

Alliance Defending Freedom is a Christian legal organization that advocates for the right of all people to peacefully live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment. And we do that at the highest levels – winning seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past seven years. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of our client Trinity Lutheran Church just a few weeks ago, making it clear that the government cannot treat people and organizations of faith worse than everyone else.

And today, ADF asked the Supreme Court to hear the case of Washington floral design artist Barronelle Stutzman, who is an excellent example of the people we are privileged to represent. If you know anything about Barronelle’s case, you know that this 72-year-old grandmother happily serves everyone, and employs people from all different backgrounds and beliefs. In fact, the man that is suing her was her customer for nearly 10 years.

It’s a common thread among many of our clients. While our clients happily serve everyone, they cannot use their artistic talents to design custom creations for every event and every message. We need to defend that freedom in our country – which is exactly what ADF is dedicated to doing.

It’s a shame that ABC couldn’t bring themselves to report the real facts, rather than the fake ones.


Get updates that matter to you by signing up for our newsletter.
Stay Up To Date

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

More from ADF View All

If Self-Expression Is So Celebrated, Why Is the Government Trying to Silence These Two Filmmakers?

Religious Freedom

If Self-Expression Is So Celebrated, Why Is the Government Trying to Silence These Two Filmmakers?

A state has no place dictating to artists the works they can create or the me...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/20/2017 18:00:00 Read More

The Unfairness of “Fairness for All” Legislation

Marriage and Family

The Unfairness of “Fairness for All” Legislation

There is growing pressure to pass laws that are fundamentally unjust and unco...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 06/08/2017 21:30:28 Read More

Hawaii Passes Law that Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advocate for Abortion

Sanctity of Life

Hawaii Passes Law that Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advocate for Abortion

A new law in Hawaii forces pregnancy centers in the state to promote and adve...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/12/2017 23:13:10 Read More

The Weekly Digest: Affirming Dignity and the Dangers of Euthanasia

Culture

The Weekly Digest: Affirming Dignity and the Dangers of Euthanasia

Euthanasia laws in Europe are on a slippery slope.

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/19/2017 12:00:00 Read More