Activist: Obama administration perpetuating lie re: ‘hate groups’

Friday, October 18, 2013
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A pro-family activist who works to expose the truth about homosexuality is infuriated that the U.S. Army would teach soldiers that a prominent pro-family organization is a "domestic hate group."

It started when a soldier at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, sent a picture to Fox News reporter Todd Starnes showing a slide from a military training briefing that aligned the activities of Fred Phelps, the controversial pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, with those of the American Family Association. Starnes reported that several dozen active-duty and reserve troops in attendance were told AFA should be classified as a “domestic hate group” because it advocates for traditional family values.

The American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Mississippi, has been a staunch opponent of the radical homosexual agenda, including same-sex “marriage,” but has denounced Phelps and his church's activities – which includes protests at the funerals of American soldiers and picket signs displaying the false message that God hates homosexuals.

Peter LaBarbera is founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, which has also been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

LaBarbera, Peter"I was infuriated when I saw that photo with American Family Association on the slide and underneath is one of those ridiculous Fred Phelps signs,” he tells OneNewsNow. “The idea of labeling American Family Association – which is made up of a bunch of Christians who love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth that they can leave the lifestyle – the idea that they're a hate group just made me mad as an American."

And LaBarbera doesn't buy the Pentagon's statement that the presentation at Camp Shelby was just an isolated incident.

"You have to be pretty naïve to believe that this is an isolated incident,” he states. “The Obama administration works hand in hand with left-wing groups like the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, which started this whole lie that AFA and Americans For Truth and Family Research Council are all so-called ‘hate groups.’"

While AFA has indicated it might take legal action against the military, LaBarbera says someone needs to take legal action against the Southern Poverty Law Center. Starnes says he has since heard from a confidential Army source that trainers for briefings like that at Camp Shelby are told the Southern Poverty Law Center is “a valuable resource” for preparing their training sessions.

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