S. Lane Tucker, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska

Alaska’s chief federal law enforcement official gave an agenda driven speech to those attending the Anchorage LGBTQ ‘Pride Parade’ this past Saturday.

Tapped by President Biden in 2022 to serve as the Dept. of Justice’s top prosecutor for the District of Alaska, S. Lane Tucker wields considerable power.

Standing on the mainstage following the parade around Delaney Park, Tucker emphasized that her office was intent on rooting out not only criminal but also alleged non-criminal acts of so-called “hate” or “bias” against the LGBTQ community.

Her June 24 talk began by extolling the history of the gay rights movement in America, and celebrating the fact that she can now use her official authority to openly advance the LGBTQ agenda.

“To now be able to stand here and address you today with the full support of the United States government, is incredibly fulfilling,” Tucker said.

After noting that the DOJ initially began 150 years ago as a way to protect the rights of formerly enslaved black Americans, she linked this historic mission to the new cause of advancing the ever-expanding LGBTQ agenda, all while claiming that the DOJ remains committed to its “essential” callling.

“I’m proud to continue that mission,” she asserted. “President Biden very much supports this work. On his very first day in office, the president issued an executive order preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Last year the president issued an executive order on advancing equality for LGBTQI individuals, and he signed the landmark, bi-partisan respect for marriage act. And just a few weeks ago President Biden issued a proclamation, formerly declaring June as LGBTQI+ month.”

Tucker said she is “unwaveringly … committed to equality and to standing with the LGBTQ+ community to keep up the fight for safety, opportunity, dignity, and justice for all.”

She then announced that Alaska was joining all other 94 U.S. Attorneys offices in rolling out the DOJ’s “United Against Hate” program.

Many conservatives, however, worry that the DOJ is increasingly being used to intimidate non-violent and law-abiding Americans who simply oppose the radical social and political agenda of the far left.

This nationwide initiative uses hypothetical scenarios to depict hate crime cases and stories with the goal of enlisting left-leaning community groups to collaborate with law enforcement. Program topics include defining “hate crimes” versus “hate incidents,” emphasizing the importance of reporting acts of hate and providing options for responding to hate incidents, even when situations fail to constitute any actual crime.

Tucker then turned her attention on law-abiding citizens who might simply oppose the LGBTQ political agenda in Alaska.

“The effort requires more than prosecutions,” Tucker proclaimed. “That is why the department is also focused on noncriminal acts of bias in our schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, education and awareness.”

She added that the “stronger the ties between the communities and law enforcement, the more faith the communities will have that their allegations will be taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated.”

Many conservatives, however, worry that the DOJ is increasingly being used to intimidate and silence non-violent and law-abiding Americans who simply oppose the radical social and political agenda of the far left.

Over the past year, the DOJ has accused concerned parents of domestic terrorism and hate crimes for raising strong objections before various school boards and city councils about controversial policies and curriculums – many surrounding LGBTQ-infused sex education, pornographic school library books and transgender bathroom and sports policies. The department has also gone after pro-life advocates, the vast majority of whom peacefully share pro-life alternatives and messages with women entering abortion clinics.

Additionally, numerous conservatives claim the Biden administration selectively enforces the law against political opponents while refusing to prosecute the more than 100 attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches over the past year, including several in Alaska.

“I don’t think that things can go too much further with the view that law enforcement, particularly the FBI or the Department of Justice, runs a two-tiered system of justice,” Special Counsel John Durham said in his testimony last week before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. “The nation can’t stand under those circumstances.”

Tucker, however, was emphatic that her Alaska DOJ office will forcefully go after alleged instances of “hate.”

“This moment requires an all-hands-on-deck strategy to fully confront all unlawful acts of crime,” she told the cheering crowd at the Pride celebration. “The United against hate program brings together the vast network of civil rights, government, faith and community-based leaders needed to report, promote prevention strategies and build a resilience to confront hate crimes.”

Tucker ended with a spurt of unfiltered federally backed activism.

“But as all of you know, just as important to standing up to hate, is expressing love,” she said. “That is why the department’s theme for the 2023 LGBTQI+ Pride Month is ‘Peace, Love and Solidarity.’ My fellow Alaskans, love wins. Happy Pride.”

Alaska’s top federal prosecutor assures gay pride crowd that she will fight ‘noncriminal’ bias

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.