THE barking mad Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, is incandescent with rage after he learned that several dozen soldiers were told last week that the AFA was a hate group. He called the Army’s allegations:
Libelous, slanderous and blatantly false.
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 Todd Starnes, right-wing host of Fox News & Commentary, and sent him 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 fags”.
Starnes rushed to the defence of the AFA, saying that it:
Has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American service members.
The soldier who contacted Starnes is an evangelical Christian and ardent supporter of the AFA, who’s main mission is to attack gay people. He said:
I had to show Americans what our soldiers are now being taught. I couldn’t just let this one pass.
The soldier said a chaplain interrupted the briefing and challenged the instructor’s assertion that AFA is a hate group.
The soldiers added:
The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays. The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.
The soldier said the chaplain defended the Christian ministry.
He kept asking the instructor, ‘Are you sure about that, son? Are you sure about that?’
Later in the briefing, the soldiers were reportedly told that they could face punishment for participating in organisations that are considered hate groups.
“That considered,” wrote Starnes, “the soldier contacted me because he is a financial contributor to the AFA ministry.”
I donate to AFA as often as I . Am I going to be punished? I listen to American Family Radio all day. If they hear it on my radio, will I be faced with a Uniformed Code of Military Justice charge?
The soldier said he was:
Completely taken back by this blatant attack not only on the AFA but Christians and our beliefs.
It’s not the first time the Army has accused conservative Christian groups of being domestic hate groups. Earlier this year, I exposed Army briefings that classified evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremism.
This mischaracterization of AFA is reprehensible and inexcusable We have many military members who are a part of the AFA network who know these accusations are a tissue of lies.
Fischer said their views on gay marriage and homosexuality are not hate – it’s simply a disagreement.
If our military wasn’t headed by a commander-in-chief who is hostile to Christian faith, these allegations would be laughed off every military base in the world.
More non-hateful Fischer quotes here.