Senator Leahy Makes False Claims Against Alliance Defending Freedom During Barrett Hearing

Senator Leahy

WASHINGTON (NRB) – During the second day of hearings to examine the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was critical of the judge for having spoken to Christian law students participating in a program of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), making false claims against the non-profit legal organization.

In response, the following statement was issued by Troy Miller, CEO of NRB, the nation’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, of which ADF is a member:

“Sen. Leahy re-iterated false reports that can be traced back to smear campaigns from groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, who label conservative groups and individuals as hateful for holding Biblically-based views on marriage and human sexuality. ADF, like NRB and countless other conservatives, believes that all people are made in the image of God and that everyone is worthy of dignity and respect. Moreover, ADF is a reputable organization that has been working for nearly three decades to preserve the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for all Americans. It deserves respect, not vilification. Even if we do not agree on issues or understand the other’s point of view, we should be respectful.”

To read ADF’s corrections to the false claims made against it, click here.

Daniel Darling,
VP of Communications


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