Yesterday proved to be a day of polar opposites.
As President Donald Trump was signing an executive order to protect religious freedom by establishing a faith-based office, we at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) were sending a letter to Amazon addressing their decision to remove us from their AmazonSmile program.
AmazonSmile is a program that allows customers to donate a percentage of their Amazon purchase to a nonprofit organization of their choice. But Amazon informed us that we were no longer eligible for the program – based entirely on the opinion of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leftwing propaganda machine that aims to “completely destroy” groups with which it disagrees.
ADF Senior Vice President of the U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to respond:
As Kristen points out, the SPLC is “a group that has been discredited by not just the right, but those on the left. They do direct-mail marketing, and they essentially slander groups that they disagree with. They publicly stated they are not a neutral watchdog group but instead only go after those on the right. And their purpose is to destroy groups that disagree with their leftist ideology.”
ADF, on the other hand, is a widely respected legal advocate that has won seven Supreme Court victories in the past seven years. We represent people from many different walks of life, defending their right to freely live out their faith without fear of government punishment.
That’s why, in our letter, we offered to help Amazon create a participation policy for its AmazonSmile program that does not ban legitimate, well-respected, faith-based organizations like ADF. By accepting that offer, Amazon has a chance to show that it does not want to marginalize millions of people around the world who share our beliefs.
We cannot allow the SPLC’s slander of Christians to continue. You can help fight back against organizations like the SPLC – and defend your religious freedom – with a gift today.