From ABC News to the anarchists they coddle, any person or group who dares to challenge their worldview is now a hate monger, a threat to society, and an unconstitutional “loser.”
Jeff Sessions is once again in the crosshairs of the chicken-little leftists who believe life’s ultimate reality is sexual preference, especially same-sex preference. Dare anyone hold a different view, they launch into a torrent of manic insults, ignoring the irony of their hypocrisy: that their most overused accusation is their own best craft—peddling hate.
Their latest frantic uproar is over Attorney General Sessions speaking at a private event held by Alliance Defending Freedom. The ADF is a legal-advocacy group that was started by people like Bill Bright, James Dobson, and D. James Kennedy, men who’ve spent their lives serving others.
Nevertheless, this is how ABC started their “news” report about Mr. Sessions speaking at the ADF gathering.
Headline: “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.”
The report begins,
“Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016, at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California.”
“The event promised to “bring together prominent legal advocates, scholars, cultural commentators, business executives and church leaders to examine the current state of religious freedom” and ‘develop legal and cultural strategies to allow freedom to flourish in the United States and around the world.’”
There’s so much absurdity here it’s hard to know where to begin, but one question does come to mind: when did every private organization become obligated to open its meetings to the press? I’m pretty sure the First Amendment prohibits anyone from “interfering with the right to peaceably assemble.” And my Constitutional Law professor (who happened to be a scholar from Harvard Law) never said anything about the freedom of the press meaning they’re entitled to every word spoken by a public official acting in a private capacity at such an assembly.
What vexes the left the most is that the ADF and Jeff Sessions know that if religious liberties aren’t protected, they will cease to exist. For this reason, the ADF’s founders marshaled formidable lawyers and considerable resources dedicated to defending the defenseless—people who dare to stand on their convictions but don’t have the money to endure endless lawsuits from those they unwittingly offend.
While I regret conferring any legitimacy on the Daily Beast by quoting them, their view of Mr. Sessions and the ADF is instructive:
And together with Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the National Organization for Marriage, the ADF is leading the movement to redefine “religious liberty” as including the right to discriminate against other people. Turn over any rock on that path, and you’ll find the ADF crawling there.”
I believe “crawling” is a hate metaphor, but I digress. The article continues,
“That’s why Sessions’ visit is so alarming: not because he met with some fringe hate group, but because he met with his close friends and colleagues, armed with more resources than ever before, and determined to fight their fundamentalist crusade to the last drop of someone else’s blood.”
Did he say blood? Surely this writer is too intelligent to believe the provocative venom he spews, or maybe he’s not. Whatever the case, he’s implying that Jeff Sessions and the ADF want to kill homosexuals. The truth is, the rule of law that Mr. Sessions and the ADF are dedicated to preserving is the very thing that prevents the bloodshed with which this writer seems so preoccupied.
This leads to another irony to which Sessions’ accusers seem so blinded, or simply lack the integrity to admit: the distinction between a person’s view of homosexuality and the way they treat a homosexual. I’ve never met or interviewed Mr. Sessions, but I know he’s a good and decent man who cares about all people, gay and straight. I have, however, spent time with James Dobson and I suspect Mr. Sessions shares his views on this distinction, which are held by most sincere Christians. Those views go something like this:
Because the Bible says homosexuality is sin (just as adultery and gossip are sins), I will not condone its practice. At the same time, the Bible commands us to love one another, so if a gay couple lives next door, I will treat them with the same grace and kindness as any other neighbor. In other words, my sincerely-held beliefs do not lesson my love for my neighbor, they inspire it. Should they need help, I will assist them; should they be in danger, I will defend them; and should their hearts be broken, I will comfort them.
Needless to say, admitting this distinction doesn’t support the narrative of the radical left, and it certainly doesn’t fill their coffers, so their chorus continues, shouting down anyone who dares to stand in their way, e.g. Jeff Sessions and the ADF.
Thankfully, the ADF and Mr. Sessions operate far above this fray, and in their distinct roles, they calmly press on. To America’s great benefit, a large part of their work is preserving religious liberties. They do so because, like most reasonable Americans, they understand that every thriving civilization throughout time rested on the twin pillars of husband-wife marriages and rule-of-law governments.
Those who denigrate Mr. Sessions for speaking at the ADF’s gathering want to smash those pillars. The only way to stop them is to make sure organizations like the ADF are free to peacefully assemble and continue defending the Constitution that makes this imperfect republic the greatest one on earth.