You know how the game works. You have a Christian organization and then the SPLC comes along and labels it a hate group because it stands for traditional marriage (homophobe!!!). Then the media just passes this along and every time you’re referred to they mention you as part of a hate group. And if a politician meets with you they’re pressured to renounce you which they’ll do because they’re mostly spineless amoral cretins.
That’s the way it works. But the James Kennedy Ministries is fighting back. Saying they lost grants due to the SPLC’s assignation, they’re taking the SPLC to court.
“The lawsuit alleges that the SPLC “illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public,” according to a statement by the ministry.
The ministry is named for the late TV Evangelist D. James Kennedy, who was the longtime pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and host of the nationally syndicated “Coral Ridge Hour” TV program. He died in 2007. Kennedy played a role in helping form the conservative Presbyterian Church in America denomination, which organized in Birmingham in 1973 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.
“We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong,” said Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at D. James Kennedy Ministries, in a statement released after the filing of the lawsuit. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”
I know this isn’t nice but I think conservatives should sue a lot more. The left does it all the time to great effect. I wish that Planned Parenthood was drowning in lawsuits. I wish that every organization wrongly labeled by the SPLC was dragging their asses into court. Yeah, most liberal judges would kick the conservatives out of court but it’s time and money they have to spend that they can’t spend attacking Christians. And maybe, just maybe, we’d get lucky and find a conservative judge.