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A federal judge in Alabama has admitted that the First Amendment has been compromised by a demand from the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center to censor a state Supreme Court justice, but he’s not going to make a decision now, according to Liberty Counsel.

So the non-profit legal group is filing an appeal on behalf of Justice Tom Parker’s challenge to a restriction on speech in the state’s judicial code and the state Constitution’s provision that automatically removes a judge from office based on nothing more than an unsubstantiated allegation.

The case is just the latest in a war against conservative judges in the state by SPLC, which publicly slams as “haters” anyone who does not subscribe to its pro-homosexual and same-sex “marriage” agenda.

SPLC even put Dr. Ben Carson, former GOP candidate for president and one of the most admired men in America, on its list of “haters” because of his views on marriage.

And the organization was linked to a domestic terror case in Washington, D.C., when a gunman, Floyd Corkins, relied on its “hate group” list to attempt mass murder.

SPLC filed a complaint with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission against Parker for his comments on an American Family Radio talk show about the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex marriage.

Get the Whistleblower Magazine’s revelations about the SPLC, in its March 2015 edition of “The Hate Racket,” the complete story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis – and rakes in millions doing it.

The JIC has not issued any complaint based on SPLC’s statements, but if it does, Parker could be removed from office based on the allegations.

He filed a federal court lawsuit to overturn Canon 3, which includes a broad speech restriction of the type the American Bar Association contends is a violation of the First Amendment. And he wants the automatic suspension provision overturned.

Liberty Counsel said U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins “acknowledged ‘the First Amendment issues that arise when the SPLC, in a political season, attempts to use an agency of state government to suppress speech with which the SPLC disagrees.'”

But he said he was abstaining from a decision, so Liberty Counsel immediately filed an appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Justice Parker should not have to wait to be charged and suspended in order to challenge an unconstitutional restriction on his speech,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “The judicial canon that prohibits judges from commenting on any case anywhere in the country is patently unconstitutional. Every judge who teaches law school students is silenced by this broad restriction on speech. This speech restriction and the automatic removal provision must be struck down. We will now take this case to the court of appeals. This urgent matter affects every judge.”

The other attack by SPLC has been on Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

State officials this week chose to “ignore the law and the rules” and convicted him on ethics charges started by the SPLC and brought to the Court of the Judiciary by the politically aligned Judicial Inquiry Commission, which hired a representative of the SPLC to prosecute the case against Moore.

He was accused of telling probate judges to violate the law, but his lawyers have argued that’s incorrect and have charged that SPLC is simply attacking those who hold opposing political views.

Get the Whistleblower Magazine’s revelations about the SPLC, in its March 2015 edition of “The Hate Racket,” the complete story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis – and rakes in millions doing it.

SPLC’s attack and subsequent abrupt change of course on Carson was described in a commentary by Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND.

“Apparently, the racketeering outfit that poses as a ‘progressive’ civil liberties group realized it had crossed a bridge too far in its smear efforts against, quite possibly, the most respected black leader in America (and, yes, I include Barack Obama and all members of his administration and frequent White House visitors such as Al Sharpton),” he wrote.

“The group’s stock-in-trade is raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution. The others are a collection of actual scum-of-the-earth racists, neo-Nazis and other certifiable lunatics who, through guilt by association, are intended to reflect badly on the liberty proponents and Christians and Jews on the list, who are the SPLC’s real targets.”

He noted SPLC posted Carson on its hate list, then removed him.

“Think about how shameless SPLC really is: [retired Lt. Gen. Jerry] Boykin and [Tony] Perkins [both now with the Family Research Council] are still on the list despite the fact that the group inspired a domestic terrorist and would-be mass murderer to conduct an armed attack on their Family Research Council years ago with the intent of shooting and killing every single employee and leaving a Chik-fil-A sandwich on their corpses. That guy, by the way, now serving time in an attack that resulted in a non-fatal bullet wound to FRC’s black security guard, never made it to the SPLC’s ‘hate’ list, despite getting his marching orders from the group,” Joseph Farah wrote.

Liberty Counsel, which also has been targeted by SPLC, said in a report last fall that by “falsely and recklessly labeling Christian ministries as ‘hate groups,’ the SPLC is directly responsible for the case of a man who intended to commit mass murder targeted against a policy organization in Washington, D.C.”

“On August 15, 2012, Floyd Corkins went to the Family Research Council with a gun and a bag filled with ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. His stated purpose was to kill as many employees of the Family Research Council as possible and then to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces (because the founder of the food chain said he believed in marriage as a man and a woman). Fortunately, Mr. Corkins was stopped by the security guard, who was shot in the process. Corkins is now serving time in prison. Mr. Corkins admitted to the court that he learned of the Family Research Council by reading the SPLC’s hate map.”

Corkins was sentenced to prison for domestic terrorism after admitting on video he accessed SPLC’s recommendations to pick a target for his attack. SPLC identified FRC as a hate group because it holds to a biblical definition of homosexuality.

WND reported a video showed Corkins entering the FRC offices and confronting Leo Johnson.

FRC officials repeatedly have explained that they adhere to a biblical perspective on homosexuality but are not “anti-gay.”

“Consistent with his statement to the FBI, a … search of Corkins’s family computer revealed that on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12, Corkins used the computer to visit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, as well as the websites for the FRC and the second organization on his handwritten list. The FBI later recovered from Corkins’s home several printed Mapquest and Google maps, dated August 12, 2012, for directions to the FRC and the second organization, as well as the pad of stationary paper used by Corkins to create his handwritten list of targets,” the government explained in its court case against Corkins.

 

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