A leading Christian law firm is pushing back against an ABC News story that labels them a "hate group," describing it as "journalistic malpractice."
Alliance Defending Freedom invited Attorney General Jeff Sessions to a conference on religious freedom last week. In an apparent attempt to link President Trump's attorney general to some scandal, ABC News – reporting on the AG's participation in the conference – trotted out an accusation that ADF was an "anti-gay hate group."
ADF's director of communications, Kerri Kupec, says the phraseology was an old trope made up by the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center.
"SPLC attacks anyone who does not agree with their extreme leftist ideology, and that kind of hate-mongering just needs to stop," she tells OneNewsNow.
In its report, ABC says ADF (according to SPLC) "specializes in supporting the criminalization of homosexuality abroad." To which, Kupac responds: "I have no idea where that came from. That's fake news, for sure."
The ADF spokesperson adds that ABC contacted her firm requesting a copy of Sessions' speech – but never asked ADF to respond to SPLC's accusations that the legal firm hates homosexuals and just wants to make life as difficult as possible for those in the LGBT community.
"We never got an opportunity to address the really terrible and mischaracterizing remarks that Southern Poverty Law Center has repeatedly waged against us," she adds.
Kupec explains that she's proud of ADF's clients because they're exactly the opposite of that. All of them, she shares, serve individuals in the LGBT community and value them as people made in the image of God.
When asked what ADF would do if someone who actually did hate homosexuals asked for their help, she states emphatically: "We would not represent someone who held that position."
ADF is asking ABC to apologize and stop defaming them.