SPLC backfire (Liberty Counsel)

Mat Staver,
Liberty Counsel
Re: A major win!

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) has agreed to settle Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit on behalf of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker with a permanent injunction, which will bar the use of judicial ethics canons to censor judges’ public comments.

This is an important victory for free speech, not just for Justice Tom Parker.

In 2015, Justice Parker participated in a radio interview answering questions on a wide range of issues. Expressing his professional views publically triggered the Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) to lodge an ethical complaint against Justice Parker. That complaint generated a yearlong investigation by the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC). That inquisition and related lengthy litigation were based on nothing more than his exercise of his constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

The SPLC hoped to remove Justice Parker from office by filing the complaint against him.

+ + The SPLC’s sinister plan has backfired spectacularly! 

Horatio Mihet, Chief Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel, said, “The SPLC’s effort to muzzle Justice Parker has instead brought freedom of expression on critical public issues to all judges in Alabama. We are glad that the JIC has finally seen the proverbial writing on the wall and has abandoned its defense and enforcement of these unconstitutional laws.”

Liberty Counsel’s litigation team remains deeply engaged in our effort to turn back the assaults against us that are being led by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) legal team on multiple fronts. The SPLC is attacking Liberty Counsel in an effort to destroy this ministry.

Unless we continue taking action against the radical suppression tactics being used to erode our First Amendment rights, the criminalization of pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-liberty speech, or any speech that is counter to the far-Left’s ideologies, will be inevitable. 

We must stay vigilant on each of these legal fronts!

America Under Siege is Liberty Counsel’s counter-offensive to the Left’s targeted attacks against Christians who are being vilified, fined, and even jailed because they hold a pro-life or pro-marriage viewpoint. It is vital that we have a strong voice for faith-based liberty in these battles. By signing our “I’M STANDING FOR AMERICA” statement of solidarity, you are standing with people of Christian faith and moral values.

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+ + Faith leaders under siege!

As I mentioned in an earlier message, Liberty Counsel’s legal team has filed an objection to a staggering subpoena launched by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (Lambda Legal). We have taken action on behalf of Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of two churches, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), in the case of Karnoski v. Trump.

The overreaching subpoena seeks information from Floyd and Perkins that violates the First Amendment, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and civil procedure rules.

Floyd and Perkins have been targeted by these activists for simply participating in President Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, which the President established to understand the concerns of Christians and receive counseling on a wide range of issues.

Liberty Counsel is also being targeted by these same aggressive LGBT groups. The LGBT siege began with nonprofit groups and now they are targeting individual pastors and faith leaders. These abusive tactics are far outside their legal authority. These subpoenas are outrageous because they demand “conversations” on any topic related to LGBT issues. There is no legal basis for such breathtakingly broad subpoenas.

In response, Liberty Counsel is launching a multi-faceted, strategic and legal response to fight back.

Today, please consider signing our “I’M STANDING FOR AMERICA” statement of solidarity, which indicates that you are joining citizens across the nation to fight back against these blatant attacks.

Thank you for your partnership, and thanks in advance for your help as we fight this critical battle for the very soul of our nation.

God bless you abundantly!

Mat Staver

P.S. Radical forces want to bury Liberty Counsel and faith leaders in impossible legal demands to drain our resources and punish us for standing up for faith and family against the rising tide of the politically correct “same sex” mantra.

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