Former classmates of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett have issued a scathing letter accusing her of having associations with a “hate group.”
This, of course, makes up just a small portion of those who are fiercely criticizing Barrett, an originalist judge with known anti-abortion views and deeply-held Catholic faith. She is, of course, highly repellant to progressives and leftists despite an admirable judicial philosophy that judges are not tasked with legislating from the bench (or perhaps because of it).
But the fact that she’s being nominated by Trump just six weeks before the highly consequential general election makes the attacks on her all the more hysteric and scathing.
This includes those coming from Barrett’s former peers at Rhodes College, who issued a scathing letter to the president of the institution to condemn her nomination to the high court.
Their opposition is based, in part, on Barrett having spoken at an event sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) which has been classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
There’s only one problem.
As we’ve documented previously, the SPLC is notorious for their wildly biased “hate group” database. While the organization was founded with noble goals amid American Reconstruction, as PJ Media notes, they have since turned into a far-left bulldog for radical progressive ideals that have long abandoned the simply quest for civil rights.
While there are certainly groups within their database who are far more accurately described as a “hate group,” now, ironically, the SPLC seems more interested in restricting the civil rights of groups like the ADF and other conservative or Christian organizations.
Nonetheless, many on the left believe, based on their deceit and bias, that non-profits dedicated to protecting civil and religious liberties like the ADF are right on par with the religiously white supremacist terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan.
The letter begins by targeting Barrett’s decided pro-life values. Its signatories identify themselves as “contemporaries of, friends of, and even sorority sisters of Amy Coney Barrett” who “despite the respect that many of us hold for her intellect, and even the friendship that many of us held or continue to hold with her” are still “firmly and passionately opposed to her nomination.”
They are, in addition, “firmly and passionately opposed to Rhodes administrators’ attempts to embrace Amy Coney Barrett as an alumna of our beloved alma mater. We oppose this embrace because we believe both her record and the process that has produced her nomination are diametrically opposed to the values of truth, loyalty, and service that we learned at Rhodes.”
They condemn the respected federal judge for having been a member of “the Notre Dame chapter of the anti-choice group University Faculty for Life” and declare that the Federalist Society would only approve of a nominee who “is willing to overturn or seriously curtail Roe v. Wade.”
I think you’ll find this is music to millions of American’s ears, many of whom only voted for Trump in 2016 in the hopes that he would receive enough opportunities to nominate justices who would uphold the constitution and the right to life.
Of course, as PJ Media notes, “the alumni do not admit the fact that Roe v. Wade rests on extremely dubious reasoning, twisting the Fourteenth Amendment to include a right to abortion even though America was tightening abortion restrictions while Congress passed that amendment.”
It is their attack of the ADF that is the most dishonest, however.
They claim that Barrett “obfuscated about her association with an anti-LGBTQ organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center — an Alabama-based nonprofit that studies hate groups more intensely than any organization in the United States (with the possible exception of the FBI) — has labeled a hate group.”
The group, they assert, has “openly advocated for laws in foreign countries that would criminalize homosexuality and even defended European laws that forced the sterilization of transgender people. In the United States, ADF has also repeatedly advocated in U.S. and state courts and legislatures against the rights of LGBTQ people and has falsely and repeatedly linked LGBTQ people to pedophilia.”
The alumni claimed that “when confronted with the fact that ADF was a hate group, [Barrett] claimed she was unaware of its positions and said, ‘I never witnessed any discriminatory conduct in any way.’ She then challenged the very idea that ADF is, in fact, a hate group. ‘ADF, if it were truly a hate group, it wouldn’t be co-counsel right now’ on a Supreme Court brief with a top-flight Washington law firm, she said. She added, ‘I gather that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s designation of ADF as a hate group is controversial.’”
She’s not alone. As PJ Media notes, even those who admire the SPLC have questioned the reliability of their “hate group” designations and they’ve faced a number of lawsuits in recent years.
The SPLC faces many defamation lawsuits over its “hate group” accusations from conservative groups, including the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), D. James Kennedy Ministries, the American Freedom Law Center, and Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes.
The SPLC also faces defamation lawsuits from individuals the group has targeted. In 2018, Baltimore lawyer Glen Allen sued the SPLC for getting him fired due to his former ties with a white nationalist group. Last year, a former heroin addict who tried to start an organization helping men with opioid addictions sued the SPLC after the far-left group helped get his organization shut down.
In one notorious case, the SPLC smeared a Muslim reformer, Maajid Nawaz, as an “anti-Islamic extremist.” Nawaz sued and the SPLC settled, paying $3.375 million.
What’s more, a terrorist once stormed the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Family Research Council where he had planned to shoot everyone in the building and leave a Chick-fil-A sandwhich by their heads. He claimed that he had targeted the FRC after seeing them listed on teh SPLC’s “hate map.”
The Rhode’s alumni are relying on the word of a group that demonizes and dishonestly smears those who defend the rights of all of our First Amendment rights to speech and conscience.
This is exactly why we need an associate justice like Barrett on the court. If these are the types of people that had their SCOTUS pick, what would be the fate of the important civil liberties she and the ADF are committed to protecting?
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