Have you noticed that some words seem to have taken on a different meaning in the past few years than they once had? Take, for example, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). It sounds like a decent organization, right? Let’s break it down a bit …
Alliance: a union or association formed for mutual benefit
Defending: protecting from harm or danger
Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
So, by those definitions, what we have here is a group of people protecting the rights of others to act, speak and think as they wish without being harmed. What’s not to like, eh?
Well, let me tell you what’s not to like about this group. The group is actually one of the largest anti-LGBT organizations in the nation. Just WHOSE freedom are they defending? They are not defending my freedom, nor yours, and for sure not any of my friends who are gay or trans!
Founded in 1993, the group’s stated mission is …
“To advocate for religious freedom to uphold justice and preserve the right of people to freely live out their faith.”
Now can anybody explain how John Doe being gay infringes on the “right of people to freely live out their faith”? There is no justification for this … none at all!!!
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) …
“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.”
State-sanctioned sterilization? Denial of goods and services? Destroy society? What planet do these people come from? This is among the craziest things I have heard, short of what comes from the likes of Alex Jones or Sean Hannity!
What brought this group onto my radar today is that Amazon has removed them from its AmazonSmile program. For those who are not familiar with the program, it gives a small percentage from the purchase price of eligible products to a customer’s chosen charity. I signed on to it when the program first started, and chose St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is a good program, and Amazon did the right thing, for it should not be sullied by allowing hate groups to solicit funds in this manner. As of February, Amazon had donated more than $80 billion to various charities. ADF is not in any way a legitimate charity!
ADF, of course, is livid and threatening legal action. But, as one person said, “Funny how the same people who think that they shouldn’t have to sell cakes to same sex couples seem to want to force a private business to give them money directly. Last I checked, Amazon will still sell stuff to ADF.”
ADF is the very type of organization that will gain more power under the executive order signed by Donald Trump on Thursday (more to come on that later). But let me go on record here as saying that this is a hate group, pure and simple, that is attempting to take rights away from others, rather than to defend rights. It would be far more appropriately named the Alliance Persecuting Others. They have been involved in many legal battles against the anything they disagreed with, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
I end where I began … has the definition of the word ‘freedom’ changed that much in the past few years? Kellyanne warned us some 15 months ago that there would be an ‘alternative’ vocabulary under Donald Trump. It appears she was right. Members of any religious group have the right to their own beliefs, certainly. If members of one group or another choose to believe that marriage is only legitimate if it involves two people of opposing genders, that is their right. Nobody … not one single person or law … is forcing anybody to become gay!!! But the line is drawn when those members of said religion impose their will on others. Be religious, marry someone of the opposite gender, attend whatever church you wish … nobody cares! But do not attempt to force your beliefs, your will, on others. Defending ‘freedom’??? No, not by any definition. They are in the business of persecution and hate, plain and simple. They are robbing others of their freedom. They are, indeed, a hate group and there are more and more of them crossing my radar. America: The United States of Hate.