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LivePrayer to File $100 Million Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

 

From the press release:

Bill Keller, the world's leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblcial worldview, is planning to file a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling him and his ministry as a "hate group."

In an exclusive interview, Keller said, "The sad shooting the other day at the Family Research Council by a man who supports the radical homosexual agenda, was clearly fueled by the left wing group, the Southern Poverty Law Center.

... Keller said that if the Southern Poverty Law Center does not take his name and his ministry off of their 'hate map' in the next 72 hours, his attorneys will be filing a $100 million dollar defamation suit in Federal Court against the organization.

26 Comments

  1. Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    'bout time.

    Bankrupt them.

    Ciao, Southern Poverty Lie Center.

  2. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I hope they win. The SPLC just incorporated the marriage re-definition movement's "hate"/"bigot"/"anti-gay" rhetoric. Supporting marriage isn't "anti-gay".

    It's *TRUE* that “gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement”!

    Anita Bryant's Save Our Children organization said it all the way back in the 70s.

    SB 48 spoke for itself.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/08/opinion/la-ed-textbook-20110408

    Every May, the California Education Code provides that:
    "On Harvey Milk Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state."

    But not that he was a teen predator:

    "...sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure...At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him." -- Randy Shilts, "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.", pp 30-31.

    Every classroom in our local high school has a gay safe zone sticker.

  3. Sammy
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Bankrupt them? Fat chance, when Mr. Keller's own words will be brought to light in any trial. This is why we'll never see a threat of a lawsuit from NOM.

  4. RM
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    The case will be dismissed almost immediately subject to whatever state anti-SLAPP laws are on the books and the judge will laugh Mr. Keller out of court.

  5. OvercameSSA
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    The "hate group" label does nothing but emotionalize issues over which reasonable minds can differ, and it makes people do irrational things.

    We're jumping from attacks on freedom of speech to attacks on freedom of thought. This is a scary path to traverse, regardless of which side of an issue you are on.

    I hope this defamation suit goes forward and is successful so that any group that wants to assign the "hate label" to organizations will think twice about it.

  6. Jake4156
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Then every gay person in America should sue NOM for defamation.

  7. Ash
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    This is getting heated! Keller *might* have a strong defamation suit. When an organization that carries some sway lists you alongside the KKK, there might be a legitimate complaint.

    We'll see what happens.

  8. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    The filing of the lawsuit itself is helpful, since the more people understand that the SPLC considers pro-marriage groups to be the same as the KKK, the more people understand the importance of preventing those who espouse such lunacy from gaining access to then power to rewrite the marriage laws.

    And if it wins and bankrupts SPLC, so much the better.

  9. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Sammy wrote,
    >
    > This is why we'll never see a threat of a lawsuit from NOM.<

    Why would we see a threat of a lawsuit from NOM? The SPLC hasn't labeled NOM as an "anti-gay" "hate group."

  10. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    RM wrote,
    >
    >The case will be dismissed almost immediately subject to whatever state anti-SLAPP laws are on the books<

    Right, because publishing that a group is a "hate group" is nothing more than "public participation" and could never be illegal defamation.

    We have already seen:

    1. The American Psychological Association, in an official publication in 2005 intended to influence the legal debate, claimed that “the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s pyschosocial growth.” But as Professor Loren Marks of Louisiana State University points out in his own separate contribution in the latest issue of Social Science Research, the studies on which these claims have been based are all seriously flawed. Marks demonstrates that they have defects respecting “sample size, sampling strategy, statistical power, and effect sizes”—and in general that they lack methodological rigor.
    2. What's happened with the homosexual journalists in the media covering homosexual issues.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/10/us/gay-journalists-leading-a-revolution.html?pagewanted=all

    We've already seen court rulings based on the APA statement.

    Why shouldn't we assume that there might not be homosexuals within the SPLC getting pro-marriage groups onto SPLC's hate groups lists, under the category "anti-gay". Homosexuals love to claim that supporting marriage is "anti-gay".

    Don't you love the new way the media now puts the words as "anti-gay marriage"?

  11. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    RM wrote,
    >
    >The case will be dismissed almost immediately subject to whatever state anti-SLAPP laws are on the books<

    Right, because publishing that a group is a "hate group" is nothing more than "public participation" and could never be illegal defamation.

    We have already seen:

    1. The American Psychological Association, in an official publication in 2005 intended to influence the legal debate, claimed that “the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s pyschosocial growth.” But as Professor Loren Marks of Louisiana State University points out in his own separate contribution in the latest issue of Social Science Research, the studies on which these claims have been based are all seriously flawed. Marks demonstrates that they have defects respecting “sample size, sampling strategy, statistical power, and effect sizes”—and in general that they lack methodological rigor.
    2. What's happened with the homosexual journalists in the media covering homosexual issues.

    We've already seen court rulings based on the APA statement.

    Why shouldn't we assume that there might not be homosexuals within the SPLC getting pro-marriage groups onto SPLC's hate groups lists, under the category "anti-gay". Homosexuals love to claim that supporting marriage is "anti-gay".

    Don't you love the new way the media now puts the words as "anti-gay marriage"?

  12. Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    The SPLC has destroyed itself, whatever credibility it might have had is gone.

    We now understand that the term "hate group" is not a description, but rather a directive.

  13. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Anti-SLAPP laws don't provide that an organization may defame another.

  14. A. H. Abraham
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    America is made weaker by its sins day by day. What if Islam takes over America? Do you think it is impossible? Look at the influence Islam is gaining in Europe bit by bit! If and when it does in America, Uganda will be here. Wake up now or you will be hunted down. Think Sharial law!! In other words think Judgment. America is a nation blessed by God. Now it has become an eyesore, an “Obamination” before God.
    God created human being in a family of one man and one woman. You! Who sit on the high places in Washington is destroying what God has made by your devious tactics and selfish words. God will surely visit your iniquities. You! Who have made this nation an Obamination, God will not spare.
    Freedom without boundaries is like an ocean without shores, it will drown everything. Freedom without responsibility is real slavery. Slaves of sin, slaves of unnatural lust both the doers and the supporters of SS (whatever it is). God is not deaf and blind, make no mistake, the blessing God gave to America is about to be taken away and given to some other nations. Look around how many countries are getting ahead of America. Judgment Day is close at hand! So, repent while there is still time-repent!!! 8/17/2012

  15. Posted August 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    The left has really lowered the bar on what constitutes hate and bigotry. Back in the day, you had to actually, you know, hate people, and maybe even oppress them for good measure. Now all you need to do is fail to offer your full-throated support for gay marriage and you’re the moral equivalent of Bull Connor (which party did he belong to again?).

    http://senatorjohnblutarsky.blogspot.com/2012/08/bigotry-just-aint-what-it-used-to-be.html

  16. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    We've seen true bigots portrayed on television (e.g., Archie Bunker, Eric Cartman, George Jefferson).

    Same-sex marriage advocates would have the public believe we're just like them.

    That's one of the reasons that the number of people won't tall pollsters that they're committed to a definition of marriage, that has existed for millennia, has increased.

    Another is that the public knows that SSMers hate marriage supporters, and attack them for defending marriage. When a pollster calls, the person being called doesn't *know* the caller's really a pollster.

    When people give what they believe to be the politically correct answers to pollster, it causes or bolsters a trend.

    Then homosexual journalists in the media, who've been recruited to report on homosexual issues, publish the "trend".

    Seeing that, more people jump of the perceived bandwagon.

    I've read a few of the articles about the polls.

    One thing they never mention, is something they know full well, that the polls always understate support for traditional marriage -- by a lot!

    Now they're publishing that a majority of Americans support SSM now -- and it isn't true!

    It's bias by omission, and it's harder to prove, but we just saw it when the media universally declined to publish that the shooter was a homosexual special rights activist (who shot the opposition).

    Naturally in the beginning, few people agreed that marriage should be redefined, so it's easy to show a trend.

    I recommend that everybody read the following opinion piece, which describes the "opinion cascade":
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/same-sex-marriage-and-the-manufacture-of-consent/article/2504807#.UC_JQKNWJN5

  17. April Brown
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Actually NOM is listed on the SPLC "hate" group. Here is all the horrible "hate" they have done, with not one bit of proof and no citations of sources.....National Organization for Marriage
    Princeton, N.J.

    The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is dedicated to fighting same-sex marriage in state legislatures, was organized in 2007 by conservative syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher and Princeton University politics professor Robert George. George is an influential Christian thinker who co-authored the 2009 “Manhattan Declaration,” a manifesto developed after a New York meeting of conservative church leaders that “promises resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same sex marriage.”

    NOM’s first public campaign was in 2008, supporting California’s Proposition 8, which sought to invalidate same-sex marriage in that state. It was widely mocked, including in a parody by satirist Stephen Colbert, for the “Gathering Storm” video ad it produced at the time. Set to somber music and a dark and stormy background, the ad had actors expressing fears that gay activism would “take away” their rights, change their lifestyle, and force homosexuality on their kids.

    The group, whose president is now former executive director Brian Brown, has become considerably more sophisticated since then, emphasizing its respect for homosexuals. “Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose,” NOM says on its website, “[but] they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.”

    For a time, NOM’s name was used by a bus driver named Louis Marinelli, who drove a van for NOM’s “Summer for Marriage Tour” this year. Marinelli called himself a “NOM strategist” and sent out electronic messages under the NOM logo that repeated falsehoods about homosexuals being pedophiles and gay men having extremely short lifespans. In homemade videos posted on his own YouTube page, he said same-sex marriage would lead to “prostitution, pedophilia and polygamy.” But this July, NOM said it was not associated with Marinelli.

    http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners

  18. lonesomerhoades
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Patriots, Conservatives, believers in traditional American values, believers in the Constitution need to aggressively go after these militant liberals who are attacking us. They are truly domestic enemies of the state!

  19. Posted August 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    lonesomerhoades:

    What are you suggesting, exactly?

  20. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    April,

    I found the State of the Smear File report, but:

    * NOM is a DC group, but here's the NJ hate groups:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=NJ

    * Here's DC:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=DC

    * Here's "Anti-Gay":
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/anti-gay/active_hate_groups

    The SPLC does not list the National Organization for Marriage as a hate group.

    It's fascinating that they declare that, "Brian Brown, has become considerably more sophisticated since then, emphasizing its respect for homosexuals. 'Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose,' NOM says on its website, '[but] they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.' "

    The implication is that Brian's really hateful. I suppose we're supposed to attribute the SPLC's total lack of substantiation of this on his "sophistication"?

  21. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    The SPLC claimed "the [Gathering Storm] ad had actors expressing fears that gay activism would 'take away' their rights, change their lifestyle, and force homosexuality on their kids."
    http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners

    I just listened carefully to the Gathering Storm ad.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp76ly2_NoI
    I didn't hear where any of the "actors expressing fears that gay activism would [...] force homosexuality on their kids."

    One of the characteristics the SPLC claims "Anti-Gay" groups are guilty of is, "They have disseminated disparaging 'facts'" about gays that are simply untrue."
    http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/anti-gay

    It's okay for the SPLC to disseminate disparaging 'facts'" about NOM that are simply untrue?

    BTW, April, in the 2010 essay you cite, the SPLC describes NOM as "anti-gay", not as a hate group.

    Of course, for our opponents, everyone that opposes same-sex "marriage" is "anti-gay".

  22. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, I wrote that totally wrong. I meant:

    I didn't hear any of the "actors expressing fears that gay activism would [...] force homosexuality on their kids."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp76ly2_NoI

  23. Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    The key ruse here is to conflate homosexuality (the practice) with homosexualist values (men can marry men, women can marry women, husbands are not male, wives are not female, there are six genders which all children should role play, etc etc etc).

    The intention of the pseudo-marriage movement is to redefine marriage laws so as to open up the public schools to compulsory education in these radically anti-Christian and anti-reason "values".

  24. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    I think "the intention of the pseudo-marriage movement is to redefine marriage laws," because homosexual special rights lobbyists have to do *something* with all those pink dollars that keep coming in.

    They've gotten so bad they're buying laws to encourage or force schools to advocate homosexuality.

    Lobbyists are sociopathic snakes. They don't care about the difference between right and wrong. Their job is to try to gain legislative beneficence.

  25. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Senator Blutarsky wrote,
    > The left has really lowered the bar on what constitutes hate and bigotry.<

    Here's why:

    "Minister says 80% of Pacific New Zealanders oppose same sex marriage" but that "many of them are reluctant to say so in public, partly because [...] they fear being labelled bigots."
    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/minister-says-80-of-pacific-new-zealanders-oppose-same-sex-marriage/1002492

    I recommend everyone read about the same-sex 'marriage', "opinion cascade":
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/same-sex-marriage-and-the-manufacture-of-consent/article/2504807#.UDJsJ6OJ1N5

  26. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Homosexuals are paying legislators, through their lobby, to put gays and lesbians up on a pedestal.

    You say the wrong thing about a homosexual, it's "hate speech." If you say the same thing about a WASP, it isn't.

    Declaring opposition to the homosexual special rights movement, "anti-gay" "hate", is in the same vein. That's what the SPLC did with the FRC.