In a timely speech at the Alliance Defending Freedom Religious Liberty Summit on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned that progressive groups were using accusations of “hate speech” to silence and marginalize conservatives and Christians who do not buy into their politically correct agenda.
“They have used this designation as a weapon and they have wielded it against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy and choose instead to speak their conscience,” Sessions said. “They use it to bully and intimidate groups like yours which fight for the religious freedom, the civil rights, and the constitutional rights of others.”
As if to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sessions was right in tackling this sensitive subject, ThinkProgress immediately published an article assuring their readers that ADF was indeed a hate group.
“Contrary to Sessions’ claims, there are ample facts to substantiate ADF’s designation as an anti-LGBTQ hate group – so much so that it’s pure gaslighting to say otherwise,” they wrote. “The group has defended wedding vendors challenging nondiscrimination laws, parents and schools that want to reject transgender students, and businesses that want the right to refuse to even employ LGBTQ people.”
Considering the fact that ADF is a sterling 9 for 9 in front of the Supreme Court, we have to assume that ThinkProgress also considers the nation’s highest court a hate group of some kind.
To be honest, we wrote that sentence to humiliate the left with outrageous hyperbole, but the truth is that they probably DO think that. Considering some of the insane, the-sky-is-falling rhetoric we’ve seen about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there’s little doubt.
Sessions went out of his way to attend the event, mostly because the Southern Poverty Law Center slammed them as a “hate group” after the attorney general addressed them last year. That inspired headlines in the mainstream media, which has still not figured out that the SPLC is nothing more than a left-wing donation factory that considers anything right of center “hate,” including Muslim reformists who want to stamp out the sick (quite illiberal) practices we see in countries like Saudi Arabia. Sessions assured the Alliance Defending Freedom that no matter what their critics might say, his Justice Department would never consider them a hate group.
With the big tech companies in Silicon Valley showing an increasing willingness to use “hate speech” as an excuse to ban and vilify people that don’t toe the liberal line, Sessions’ appearance before the Alliance Defending Freedom could not come at a better time.