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Leftist Al Franken Blasted for Labeling Conservative Pro-Family Group as a ‘Hate Group’

One of the nation’s most respected champions of religious liberty draws a line at being called a hate group by Democrat Senator Al Franken

(LIFE NEWS) — During a confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated by President Donald Trump to a federal judgeship, Franken said Alliance Defending Freedom is a hate group and that Barrett “wasn’t truthful” in answering one of his questions about her association with the Christian legal aid organization.

Franken cited talking points of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing organization that says it fights discrimination but increasingly has attacked Alliance Defending Freedom and other mainstream conservative groups that embrace Judeo-Christian tradition.

Critics say it calls Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, an “anti-LGBT hate group” for disagreeing with the radical political agenda of some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists.

The Minnesota Democrat, a former comic and comedy writer, also said Barrett was “irresponsible” and used “bad judgment” in accepting an opportunity to teach as part of a fellowship program offered by the 24-year-old organization without first “vetting” ADF.

Michael Farris, president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, scolded the senator in a press release.

“It is deeply regrettable that Sen. Franken i­­­­­­s misinformed about our work on behalf of religious freedom,” Farris said, adding:

There is a real danger of conflating genuine hate groups, like the Ku Klux Klan, with mainstream religious beliefs that are shared by millions of Americans and people from all walks of life across the world.

As a member of Congress, Sen. Franken needs to fact-check before parroting discredited attacks by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a once-proud civil rights organization that is now a left-wing smear machine known to incite violence.

The gunman in a 2012 attack on the Family Research Council in Washington said he learned of the conservative pro-family organization from a “hate group” designation on Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. The shooter in the attempted massacre in June of Republican members of Congress just outside the city had “liked” SPLC on Facebook, according to press accounts.

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