Anti-LGBT+ hate group appeals to Supreme Court to stop people calling it a hate group

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12/05/2021

An anti-LGBT+ hate group has asked the US Supreme Court to allow it to sue the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to overturn its hate group status. D James Kennedy Ministries, also known as Coral Ridge Ministries Media, is an evangelical Christian media organisation, founded in 1974, which broadcasts a weekly TV show. The organisation has long been fighting its hate group designation from the SPLC, which monitors extremism across the US. In 2019, a US district court dismissed a defamation lawsuit from D James Kennedy Ministries, ruling it was legal on free speech grounds for it to be labelled a hate group by SPLC. The Florida-based evangelical organisation also tried to file a religious discrimination claim against Amazon, which had banned it from participating in Amazon Smile, its charity partner programme, because of its hate group status. This claim was also rejected. Earlier this year, D James Kennedy Ministries tried to fight the ruling, but its appeal was also struck down.  Now, it is taking its case to the US Supreme Court. According to a press release from Christian Newswire, D James Kennedy Ministries submitted its brief to the Supreme Court on 24 November.

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