A new legal and public policy organization aims to proactively fight to restore justice for the constitutionally protected civil rights of faithful Bible believers.
Christian Civil Rights Watch (CCRW) is being spearheaded by Matt Barber, former associate dean of Liberty University School of Law and former vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. The group's mission is to "educate, communicate and, where necessary, litigate" on behalf of Christians and their religious rights.
"It's time to play offense here and to fight for true civil rights, which are Christian civil rights," Barber tells OneNewsNow.com. That's an area the licensed attorney addresses frequently as co-host of the daily talk-radio program "Faith and Freedom" with Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver.
"So many on the sexual anarchist left have co-opted the genuine language of civil rights and misapplied it, really hijacked it," Barber continues, "in order to push for sexual license and to create a license to discriminate against Bible-believing Christians. And they're saying that somehow their new-fangled 'gay rights' – something that is found nowhere obviously in the Constitution and not even in federal law – that that would somehow trump our First Amendment-guaranteed rights to freedom of religious expression."
Barber acknowledges many Christian legal ministries are working in this realm.
"Many of our dear friends in various Christian legal ministries are serving just a critical purpose, a very important purpose – but in many respects they kind of end up engaging more as defense attorneys, defending certain clients, the baker, the florist and others," he says. "We'll have some level of doing that as well, but we're looking to go on the offense here."
What can people expect from CCRW?
"We're looking to proactively, as the prosecuting attorneys, start going after groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for their defamatory and really frankly dangerous hate group smears of Christian individuals and Christian organizations," he answers. "We're looking to start going after school districts placing children at risk by encouraging them to engage in dangerous and risky behaviors – behaviors that the CDC, for instance, shows are dangerous and risky behaviors."
Gordon Klingenschmitt, Ph.D., a former Navy chaplain who served in the Colorado legislature, is co-founder of CCRW.
"I am just so proud to be partnering with Gordon Klingenschmitt, a man whose Christian civil rights were violated many years ago when he was effectively court-martialed for praying in Jesus' name," says Barber. "It's grace meets law. He's the pastor, he's a doctorate in theology – and it's a natural partnership between that and the legal side of things and the public policy side of things."
The CCRW website includes a listing of what it deems "anti-Christian extremist groups" that "promote animus towards Christian pro-family people." Prominent on that list is the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.