The Associated Press calls out Liberty Counsel for being a lying hate group

We already knew that Liberty Counsel, the group of religious lawyers bilking representing Kim Davis, is a bunch of lying liars who are less concerned with court wins than they are with straight cash and hate-fueled publicity. But now that fact has gone mainstream.

Yesterday, the Associated Press published a profile of the organization highlighting the fact that their claims of Kim Davis’s international superstardom were faked and their trumpeting of Pope Francis’s meeting with her has been more than a hair exaggerated. They also made sure to include the most important part: Liberty Counsel has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for spouting some seriously homophobic garbage over the years:

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Liberty Counsel as an anti-gay hate groups for spreading false information.

“A group that regularly portrays gay people as perverse, diseased pedophiles putting Western civilization at risk are way, way over the line,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the center.

The Liberty Counsel has connected homosexuality to higher rates of promiscuity and incest, Potok said, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. The firm opposes laws banning hate crimes and supports discredited conversion therapies that purport to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals. Staver once declared that the Boy Scouts would become a “playground for pedophiles” once it allowed gay troop leaders.

As Alvin McEwen at Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters wrote earlier today, Staver’s attempt to push back against the SPLC by claiming that “It is irresponsible and reckless to call someone a hate group because you disagree with them,” and that his views have been taken out of context, are belied by the fact that he has proven time and time again to be a godawful liar. RightWingWatch has curated a list of the top ten most heinous things Staver has said about LGBT people, including calling gays “demonic,” comparing them to terrorists and blaming them for bank failures.

Oh, and there was also that time Staver warned that gay marriage could lead to another civil war:

So, yes, in full context, Matt Staver and Liberty Counsel are lying liars who spread hate against LGBT people for a living. That’s not just some itch in the liberal blogosphere; that’s a fact reported by the Associated Press.

Which I’m sure will only help them bring in more clients.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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4 Responses to “The Associated Press calls out Liberty Counsel for being a lying hate group”

  1. Evalyn Ryman says:

    “DEAR QUEER NATION (AND ALL TAXPAYERS): YOU PAID KIM DAVIS’S LEGAL FEES.” Read the frightening blog at THE PICKFORD WORD at MOVIESFORYOURMIND.NET And then let’s figure out a way to stop this creepy lawyer. Gays, straight, justice seekers–let’s figure out a way to stop–or at least defund–this bastard barrister Mathew Staver. If you like the article, please share it with everybody. We need to keep putting the facts together, making a case and spreading the news. . .

  2. BeccaM says:

    About time someone (in mainstream media) started to notice exactly who was in and paying for Davis’ legal team. Mat Staver is not only Davis’ lead attorney, he’s also the head of the Liberty (sic) Counsel. There’s nothing they say or represent which isn’t a reflection of him personally.

    And let’s be clear here: This isn’t just some policy disagreement about equal rights. Staver regularly uses the most extreme and eliminationist language about LGBT people. He also definitely has the “lying for Jesus” part down pat.

  3. Indigo says:

    Tell it to the Papal Nuncio.

  4. pliny says:

    I care less about the lying and more about the kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins. Nobody from Liberty should be allowed to show their face in public without being asked where she is.

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