What could be a landmark case has just been filed on Tuesday that seeks to uphold the right of Christians in America to hold true to their beliefs without being unfairly discriminated against.
D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) has filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood.
The SPLC listed DJKM as an “anti-LGBT hate group” for its opposition to same-sex marriage and transgenderism. GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and because of these listings, Amazon refused to include the ministry on its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.
“These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” said Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at D. James Kennedy Ministries. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”
DJKM gave the SPLC an opportunity to retract before taking legal action to preserve their rights and “defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.”
The lawsuit seeks judgment under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for religious discrimination, the Lanham Act for trafficking in false or misleading descriptions of the services offered under the ministry’s trademarked name, and for defamation under Alabama common law arising from “the publication and distribution of information that libels the Ministry’s reputation and subjects the Ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.”
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