Federal Court Considers Guidestar Hate Group Mislabeling

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A Federal court ruled that the Guidestar lawsuit regarding the republication of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate” label does not satisfy the commercial speech under what’s called the Federal Lanham Act. We’re going to be talking about this and the next steps forward on Faith and Freedom.

I’m Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, joining me is Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.com, and Holly Meade, the Director of Communications for Liberty Counsel.

Mat Staver: Well, a Federal judge issues a fairly short opinion — only about ten pages — that ultimately ruled on a very narrow issue of our lawsuit against Guidestar.

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Guidestar, if you remember, republished the so-called hate label of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and affixed the SPLC’s logo on 46 non-profit pages posted by Guidestar, including Liberty Counsel, suggesting that these organizations were hate groups.

We filed suit. We alleged that they violated the Federal Law known as the Lanham Act, along with other state defamation laws. Those have not been ruled upon in terms of their merits…

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