Fifty Million Dollars of Hate

Jeffrey Ventrella, Alliance Defending Freedm

Jeffrey J Ventrella, Alliance Defending Freedom

The Australian Christian Lobby has some very rich and powerful supporters.

One of them, the Alliance Defending Freedom, recently flew Tony Abbott over to address them at their USA headquarters.

Now the ADF are sending their top legal counsel Jeffrey J Ventrella to address the Australian Christian Lobby Conference.

But who and what are they?

Alliance Defending Freedom has been pushing anti-G.A.Y.* discrimination in America’s courts for years. And it’s working.

Thanks to their influence, trans people in the U.S. state of North Carolina can no longer use public bathrooms safely. And businesses in the state of Mississippi can legally deny service to G.A.Y.* people.

ADF’s work goes beyond the U.S. They have a long history of infiltrating countries like Belize, India, and Jamaica, to encourage criminalising and persecuting G.A.Y.* people.

What makes them so powerful?

Here’s what Ventrella’s hate group have:

  • An army of more than 3,000 lawyers to promote hate-filled agendas
  • A network of over 200 partner groups to help spread their lies
  • A yearly budget of over $43 million to spend on anti-G.A.Y.* work
  • That’s more than $56m Australian dollars. Every year.

Lyle Shelton, the leader of the Australian Christian Lobby was on Twitter today, whining about his group being labelled as haters when all they want is to show us how much they love us.

They could start by disinviting Ventrella, repudiating the ADF, breaking all ties, and telling them to butt out of Australian politics.

Meanwhile, we can ask Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, in keeping with the law, to prevent this man from entering Australia. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION to keep Ventrella out.


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*G.A.Y. = the acronym formerly known as LGBTIQQ2A

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)