A recent article reports: “Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading ‘No special law for f***.’ American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American service members.”
When challenged, the army instructor told the group that AFA could be considered a hate group because it calls homosexuals sinners. The group was then told that any association with the group could result in discipline. This should be shocking and angering to anyone holding to biblical values, and anyone that believes in the 1st Amendment. The army has absolutely no right to tell service members who they can and cannot affiliate with. Furthermore, the army has no right to declare a Christian organization a “hate group” for simply adhering to biblical morals. If this is the case, every Christian organization, and every bible-believing church in America is now considered a “domestic hate group” for their position on marriage. Outraged yet? Click here for original article.
Update: According to a recent post by the American Family Association: “The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or
doctrine. It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing which included info acquired from an internet search. Info was not pulled from official Army sources, nor was it approved by senior Army leaders, senior equal opportunity counselors or judge-advocate personnel. The Soldier, after being challenged on the information, recognized that the information was incorrect. The briefing has been updated and any reference to American Family Association has been removed. Soldiers who attended the briefing will be notified that the information regarding AFA was incorrect. I am unaware at this time about the intervention of an Army Chaplain. We consider the matter closed.”
Is anyone else worried that the military is allowing propaganda to be taught without verifying its accuracy? Glad they “corrected” the situation.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.