Edging Toward the Future of Our Oppressive Past

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Christine Rousselle draws attention to a story that seems like a significant slip in our country’s shared appreciation of civil rights and dialogue:

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal organization that promotes life, marriage and religious liberty, has been removed from the “AmazonSmile” charitable giving program after being designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

AmazonSmile is a program that allows users to choose a nonprofit foundation to receive a small percentage of their Amazon purchases. ADF has been part of the program since its inception in 2013.

It is no longer the case that we can have multiple sides defending their own rights and interests.  The SPLC — itself a hate group that has inspired violent attacks — can designate as unacceptable an entirely mainstream conservative organization that specializes in the legal defense of civil rights, and the organization’s funding will come under attack even from broad and neutral-seeming public accommodations like Amazon.

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We’ve already seen YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter suppressing conservative views and conservatives’ ability to raise funds.  Add that to campaigns to remove corporate sponsorships.  The next milestone will likely be a decision by Amazon not to carry books by those with whom its executives disagree.

Let’s be direct.  This was a predicted outcome of government’s decision to use the power of law to redefine marriage under the moral mandate that the traditional definition of the institution had no rationale but bigotry.  Once that principle is accepted, rights are written off cheaply.

Even non-conservative Americans aren’t going to like where this assault winds up, whether it’s civil war or shared oppression, but by the time they awaken to the hangover of the “tolerance” happy juice, doing anything about it is going to be painful, indeed.



  • guest

    One man’s “hate group” is another man’s civil rights. If the owner of a private company decided he didn’t want to support a customers right to a same-sex wedding would you have the same reaction?

    • Justin Katz

      I think you’re skipping over a large number of important variables.

      The reason we started down the road of “public accommodation” laws is that well-organized racists could essentially lock black Americans out of society. With bakers and same-sex weddings, we’ve gotten to the point that the government is forcing small-business owners to do things they don’t want to do when it can’t plausibly be argued that the gay couple would otherwise be left without options.

      So, talk apples to apples. If Amazon decided to block a left-wing organization comparable to the ADL from the Smile program, I would absolutely have the same reaction.

  • OINBIPAGA

    If the American people had done what was right in the Presidential election then we wouldn’t have to punish you by limiting your voice and funding. It’s your own fault.

  • BasicCaruso

    Libertarians take note of what RICFP considers “an entirely mainstream conservative organization”…

    ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM
    Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop “religious liberty” legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion.

    • Justin Katz

      Readers are advised to consider how many layers of deception there are between what Russ quotes, here, and the actual actions of organization he’s attacking. Although he provides no link, his source is the SPLC, a progressive hate-group that inspires violent attacks. That page provides no link for the “recriminalization of homosexuality” claim, but the link for “state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad” is telling.

      That may sound scary, but what it actually means is that pre-op transgenders were unable to change their listed sex on official documents. Disagree with that policy or not, but it’s a long, long way from the insinuated lie that the ADF supported government-driven sterilization programs.

      That sort of thing is much more in line with progressives and their history of eugenics.

      • BasicCaruso

        So you also consider those positions to be characteristic of a hate group, you just think the ADF does not support them.

        Are these positions the RICFP also considers to be mainstream? Please clarify for us, are the any instances where it is unacceptable to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in employment, healthcare, access to services?

        “It’s not just Masterpiece Cakeshop: Alliance Defending Freedom is attacking nearly every aspect of LGBTQ equality”
        https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2017/12/04/its-not-just-masterpiece-cakeshop-alliance-defending-freedom-attacking-nearly-every-aspect-lgbtq/218716

      • BasicCaruso

        Quite a few references here for their support for efforts to criminalize homosexuality. RICFP considers these views to be in the mainstream and supports these efforts, I take it?

        This Right-Wing Legal Powerhouse Wants to Make Gay Sex Illegal
        https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-right-wing-legal-pow_b_6185878.html

        ADF has given up on promoting anti-sodomy laws in the U.S. after Lawrence, but the group still aggressively supports imprisoning gay people around the world for having sex. It’s an ugly truth about one of the right’s highest-profile legal organizations.

        Failing to note ADF’s support for anti-sodomy laws — which places it firmly on the fringe of even conservative circles — paints a grossly misleading picture of the extremism that motivates the group’s anti-gay legal work.

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