If this is “fair and balanced” reporting - I’m the gay tooth fairy.
A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups” because they oppose homosexuality — and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups.
Fox News reporter and blogger Todd Starnes has written what he calls a “top story” that details an alleged “war on religious liberty” because a US Army officer referred to the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) as “domestic hate groups”, in an email.
The headline actually made me laugh. It screams Army Email Labels Christian Ministries as “Domestic Hate Groups”. The Family Besmirch Council and the American Family Association are “Christian Ministries”??? That’s so funny that it's a knee slapper. I’ve heard these political organizations called a lot of things, and they’ve never been called a ministry.
Both FRC and AFA are devoted to spreading anti-gay propaganda and hate, and they work 24/7 doing that. These political organizations are wolves in sheep’s clothing, because they wrap themselves in the Bible and call themselves Christians, while their policy pronouncements, work, and beliefs, are the antithesis of a Christian organization.
Starnes quotes the Army email:
“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values,” read an email from Lt. Col. Jack Rich to three dozen subordinates at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”
The 14-page email documented groups the military considers to be anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. Among the other groups mentioned are Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.
“The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident gay rights movement,” the officer wrote. “One of those has been defamation.”
The officer accused the “Christian Right” of “engaging in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as ‘perverts” with ‘filthy habits’ who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and ‘convert’ them to gay sex,” he wrote.
Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance, told Fox News that the latest revelation is proof of a much larger problem within military leadership.
“We’re concerned that this is more than an isolated incident,” he said. “We’d like answers. Is there a policy in the military concerning people of faith?”
Crews said that soldiers have religious liberty – and they should not be punished for being members of respected religious groups.
FRC and AFA are anything but respected religious groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized them as anti-gay hate groups, not the military.
Crews said the military is getting their information on domestic hate groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center. And the email written by the lieutenant colonel referenced the organization.
“This is disturbing that the military would use this list composed by the Southern Poverty Law Center when these organizations that are highly esteemed and respected in the evangelical community,” he said.
These hate groups might be highly esteemed and respected in the evangelical community, and FRC and AFA are thankful for that, because that’s who they fleece for financial support.
If the military is monitoring the troops, and they’re looking to identify and counsel individuals that support these extremist and right-wing quasi-political organizations that purvey hate, I have to applaud them.
Fox News is a joke. Any news organization that describes FRC and AFA as Christian ministries needs to have their head examined.
Straight talk indeed.
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