Challenging the “Hate Group” attack in court (Liberty Counsel)


GuideStar, generally recognized as the world’s largest source of information on non-profit organizations, has endorsed the SPLC’s malicious “hate group” label on its own website to cause financial harm to Liberty Counsel.
Guidestar designation
We are fighting back in court. See my update below — Mat.

GuideStar is an international clearinghouse of information on non-profit organizations. When GuideStar attached the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designation to Liberty Counsel’s information on their website, their intention was to cause financial harm to Liberty Counsel and 45 other non-profit organizations while they openly asked for donations for their own company.

+ + We are fighting back!

Liberty Counsel recently filed a brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit demonstrating that GuideStar, along with its political partner the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has disseminated the false and defamatory “hate group” designation in order to silence the biblical worldview espoused by conservative organizations like Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel sued GuideStar under the Lanham Act, which prohibits making false and misleading characterizations of a group’s goods or services.

GuideStar admittedly solicited for its paid subscription services on the same profile page on which it falsely and misleadingly claims Liberty Counsel is a “hate group.” Therefore, GuideStar admitted that it was seeking to influence the financial decisions of its customers and is thus subject to the limitations of the Lanham Act.

+ + The goal is to “completely destroy” Liberty Counsel.

GuideStar has gone so far as to suggest that Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit represents an attempt to silence its speech on a public issue! Such an attempt to claim victim status on the part of GuideStar is utterly comical given that it has partnered with the SPLC which admits its mission is to “completely destroy” Liberty Counsel. Thus, it is truly Liberty Counsel that is fighting GuideStar’s and the SPLC’s efforts to silence speech.

Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit is intended to protect its own good name, reputation, and mission, and Liberty Counsel will not permit such false and misleading attacks to go unchallenged!

GuideStar must be held responsible for its illegal and injurious actions.

+ + A providential Challenge Grant!

We simply cannot allow anti-faith and anti-family bullies to demean, discredit, and silence us! I must aggressively fight back. But I cannot meet these dangerous threats to every American’s religious liberties without your help.

June is Liberty Counsel’s fiscal year-end, and quite frankly, it’s been a challenging year. The increased demands on Liberty Counsel’s litigation efforts coupled with the escalating attacks being waged against our organizations have created an enormous drain on our resources. 

A generous friend of Liberty Counsel has offered us a $50,000 Challenge Grant to help us close our our fiscal year this month on a better financial foundation. Can I count on you to help turn that $50,000 into a much-needed $100,000? Every tax-deductible dollar you give this month will effectively be doubled in impact by the $50,000 Challenge Grant.

Please consider making your best possible tax-deductible gift today:

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+ + Help stop the lies.

The “hate group” attacks against Liberty Counsel are extremely dangerous.

And if these lies are allowed to stand, Liberty Counsel’s ability to effectively defend the rights of people of faith in our culture could be severely impacted. That puts every Christian at more risk of hostile legal attacks from the anti-faith movement.

Can I count on your help as I push back against the slanderous attacks of groups like the SPLC and GuideStar, who want to malign and destroy pro-faith and pro-family organizations?

Click here to make your best tax-deductible gift knowing that every gift is effectively doubled by the Challenge Grant!

Thank you!

Yours for Liberty,

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. I simply will not allow GuideStar or the SPLC or the ACLU or any anti-faith, anti-family group to demean or attack pro-faith, pro-family individuals and organizations. That’s why we filed the lawsuit to stop GuideStar’s slanderous and defamatory “hate group” attack. But I need your help to meet the Challenge Grant. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration!

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