A presentation was given to hundreds of soldiers which had Conservatives up in arms with allegations the U.S. Army labeled Christian groups to be 'Domestic Hate Groups.' If true, we Christians should be concerned. However, as suspected this was not entirely true. You see, for some reason the far right loves to play victims, but cannot stand to be victimized.
What happened had little if anything to do with the United States Army's policy on 'hate groups.'Senior military officials did not approve a presentation of which insinuated "American Family Association (AFA)" was related to the Westboro Baptist Church. Moreover, because of the Westboro's strong stance against homosexuality the slide show tied, in the context, the 'American Family Association' as fundamentally being similar in nature to the WB Church.
Of course, folks on the far right, but they never thought to do a few simple searches to understand what really happened and what did not happen.
The U.S. Army also said that it had updated the briefing, removing references to the AFA and mentioned that it would inform soldiers that the AFA had been incorrectly placed on the list that included radical groups like the KKK, Black Panthers and Nation of Islam. Soldiers had also been informed that they could be punished for participation or involvement in these groups.
Immediately after a solider in attendance reported the inclusion of the AFA to Fox News, the AFA condemned the categorization."
"This mischaracterization of AFA is reprehensible and inexcusable. AFA has many military members who support our ministry and know these accusations are false and misleading," The U.S. Army has distanced itself from a exhibition labeling a Christian right-wing advocacy association, the American Family Association (AFA), a homemade venom club.
"The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or doctrine," said Troy Rolan, a U.S. Army spokesperson, in a press release, referring to a slide shown to several dozens of U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops earlier this month, titled "American Family Association" and showing an image of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps holding a sign that read "No special law for f***."
1). MORGAN LEE. (23 October 2013). US Army Backtracks After Calling Christian Organization 'Domestic Hate Group'.Christian Post.http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-army-backtracks-after-calling-christian-organization-domestic-hate-group-107211/