Conservative Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker won a major federal court victory today in his long-running battle with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Parker, who has served on the court since 2005, challenged attempts by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing group under attack for defining Bible Believing Christians and ideological conservatives as members of “hate groups” and for keeping millions of dollars in assets in offshore bank accounts.
Parker previously defeated an SPLC effort to have the Judicial Inquiry Commission remove him from the bench as they did to Roy Moore last year.
In a ruling issued by Judge W. Keith Watkins of the Middle District of Alabama in Parker v Judicial Inquiry Commission, et al, the court found that the Southern Poverty Law Center complaint against Justice Parker was an attempt to have a government agency restrict Justice Parker’s Free Speech rights.
As Judge Watkins said, the “SPLC took offense” over Parker’s positions in their “attempt to use an agency of state government to suppress speech with which the SPLC disagrees.”
“The Southern Poverty Law Center has tried to throw me off the bench for giving my opinion on one of the most significant judicial issues of our time – a five-to-four Supreme Court decision forcing states to accept gay marriage without any apparent Constitutional authority to do so,” Parker said.
“Just as they did with Chief Justice Moore. I believe and continue to believe that the Obergefell decision, just like Roe v Wade, is a perversion of the Constitution to implement a radical left agenda the Founders would not have supported,” Justice Parker said in a press statement. “If someone cannot vote for me because that’s what I believe, they should support one of my opponents.”
“As a candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, it is imperative that I have the ability to speak freely and let voters see how I differ from others seeking their vote,” Parker added. “And neither the Southern Poverty Law Center or any of their alt-Left allies will stop me.”
Justice Parker was represented in federal court by Liberty Counsel, which has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with dozens of other established Christian and conservative organizations.