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"JPMorgan Chase is pledging $1 million, to be split between the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to further their work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations across the country", the company's head of corporate responsibility Peter Scher wrote in an August 21, memo to staff.

Kennedy said the lawsuit included Amazon and Guidestar, who allegedly dropped DJKM from their services, which included the AmazonSmile Foundation's charitable list, because of the ministry's listing on the hate map. It began in 1974 and produced a television show "Truths that Transform", and a radio show by the same name.

The Florida based Coral Ridge ministry is also known as D. James Kennedy Ministry, and it claims in the suit that the hate group designation deterred the ministries reputation amounting to defamation. It also wrote about the ministry in a November 2010 article titled, "18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda".

The late D. James Kennedy, who founded the group, was senior minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Its four-fold mission is: 1) to proclaim the good news of the Gospel throughout the Earth; 2) to teach and nurture Christ's followers; 3) to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith; and 4) to defend religious liberty, encouraging believers to lovingly engage the culture with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ. "Nowhere in the goal or action of the Ministry is there hate or any room for hate". Previously, Scher was U.S. Kennedy claimed that DJKM's removal from Amazon's charitable list limited the methods by which the ministry could receive donations.

He said in a statement: 'The SPLC is an organization that is an attack dog of the Left, they are not a neutral arbiter that is calling balls and strikes. They also can not support violence, illegal activities or intolerance.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center regularly keeps track of 917 groups that advocate on behalf of bigotry or discrimination against minority groups, including Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Muslim groups, anti-Semitic groups, and anti-LGBTQ groups. GuideStar later retracted the label after receiving backlash from conservative interest groups. "We would say the same for any other type of data we share".

"They have conspired to publish written information in interstate commerce that subjects the Ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt, by declaring the Ministry a hate group". The SPLC went after several Klan leaders, driving them into bankruptcy after court losses.

SPLC President Richard Cohen called the lawsuit filed by DJKM "meritless", arguing that the ministry was designated as a hate group because it "maligns the entire LGBT community, portraying it as perverted and a threat to the nation".

It accused and AmazonSmile of violating the Civil Rights Act for allegedly discriminating against its religious beliefs.



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