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News You Should Know: It’s Time for the SPLC to Go

By Michael Farris, Jr. posted on:
April 5, 2019

ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco writes that it’s time to recognize the SPLC for what it is and stop taking it seriously. Also, the Michigan Attorney General betrays religious adoption providers, a study on rapid-onset gender dysphoria is vindicated, and the Trump administration takes more steps to prevent abortions overseas. All this from the Alliance Alert team!

ADF in the News

Fox News: Southern Poverty Law Center wrongly targets conservative groups – like mine

It’s time for news outlets, major corporations, and tech companies to shut the door once and for all on the morally bankrupt and thoroughly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center writes ADF Senior Counsel and Vice President for U.S. Advocacy Jeremy Tedesco. While combating actual hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan is a noble goal, today’s SPLC has cashed in its credibility by slandering anyone with whom its now-departed leaders deem “haters”—including ADF. Recent news that has led to the dismissal of the SPLC co-founder and president comes as no surprise, Tedesco writes, and now is the time for all Americans to recognize the SPLC as what it has now become: a partisan progressive hit operation.

Religious Freedom

Catholic News Agency: Michigan AG — no funds for Catholic adoption agencies if LGBT non-compliant

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has halted state funding of religious adoption providers after reaching a settlement with the ACLU over cases in which same-sex couples attempted to adopt from nonprofit providers who hold Christian beliefs about marriage. Despite a 2015 law which protects faith-based adoption providers from violating their conscience, Nessel says the practice is "discriminatory" and limits adoption options. Now, instead of finding a loving home with a mother and father, thousands of children will be left in the lurch if Nessel has her way.

Marriage and the Family

National Review: Results of Trans Teen Study Unchanged after Activists Force Review

A crucial study by Brown University professor Dr. Lisa Littman on rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is back in the news. When Dr. Littman’s research was first published last August, it instantly highlighted a deep divide between science-based approaches to treating children with ROGD and activist-driven approaches that often include using permanently damaging puberty blockers and even irreversible surgeries. Within days, Dr. Littman’s university distanced itself from her study, which was then pulled from public access with a claim that the research needed more analysis before it could be published. Now, however, the results are in for a second time, and once again, they aren’t at all likely to please activists bent on rushing children to life-altering gender reassignment regimens.

Sanctity of Life

WORLD: U.S. restricts backdoor funding of overseas abortions

The Trump administration recently announced it is tightening the Global Protect Life policy (formerly the Mexico City policy), which prevents American taxpayer dollars from funding abortions overseas. In an address, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. will not fund NGOs that route any money to the abortion industry. Pompeo’s words have already been backed by action, as the U.S. recently cut $210,000 in funding from the Organization of American States after it violated the updated policy.

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Michael Farris, Jr.

Michael Farris, Jr.

Legal Content Manager

Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Idaho convert.

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