A Fox News journalist says Americans will be “dumbfounded” as his sources continue to reveal what is being taught to U.S. military personnel about the “inside threat” posed by pro-family and pro-life groups in America.
UPDATE ... The Secretary of the Army has ordered military leaders to halt all briefings on extremist organizations that labeled evangelical Christian groups as "domestic hate groups." (Read more ...)
As recently reported on OneNewsNow and Fox News, a briefing at the U.S. Army’s Camp Shelby in Mississippi identified the American Family Association and others as “domestic hate groups.” Fox News columnist Todd Starnes broke that story, citing an unidentified source within the military ranks. Now Starnes tells “Washington Watch” on American Family Radio about a similar event even more recently at Fort Hood, Texas.
"A soldier at Fort Hood – who happens to be an evangelical Christian – was attending that briefing with about 100 other soldiers ... and the focus of this briefing was ‘inside threats,’” explained the reporter. “And in the course of this briefing, the instructor told the men and women that the greatest threats facing the country at this point, at this stage, come from evangelical Christians as well as the tea party."
According to Starnes, pro-life activists were also cited as examples of what happens with people become “radicalized.”
“[The briefing] suggested that people who are pro-life and involved in the pro-life movement would eventually, possibly blow up abortion clinics,” he told Washington Watch host Tony Perkins. “This is what the soldier told us they talked about in that meeting.”
Meanwhile, the Fox News journalist says he continues to get tips from people claiming to be in the military and what they say is going on inside the armed forces.
"We received an email over the weekend that included a letter that the Secretary of the Army sent out [saying he] is now ordering all military leaders to halt briefings on extremist organization so they can take a look at this material, find out what's being taught, and find out how to standardize all of this,” he shared.
An Army official at the Pentagon said earlier this month that AFA was not a hate group and the situation at Camp Shelby was an isolated incident. But Starnes says they're still not being forthcoming.
“I don’t think it has been just one or two rogue instructors as the military would have us believe,” he said. “I truly believe at this stage of the game it’s safe to say that people in high levels of the military knew this stuff was going on and signed off on it.
"This is the tip of the iceberg – and I think people are going to be dumbfounded, jaws dropping to the ground when we reveal what's really being taught to our fighting men and women."
Both Starnes and the Family Research Council, which Perkins heads up, are working their way through a 600-page official Army guide that the journalist says “clearly states that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a resource to get more information on domestic hate groups.”
The SPLC website maintains what it calls a “hate map” identifying various groups in the U.S. it considers to be domestic threats. Both the American Family Association and Family Research Council are among those groups.
'A systemic problem throughout military'
American Family Association president Tim Wildmon questions both the motives behind the briefings and the directives being given to Army personnel as they single out evangelicals, conservatives, and his organization.
"Why does the military find it necessary to lie to us about the training they are conducting and about using the Southern Poverty Law Center's 'hate group' list?" he asks in a press statement.
"It's very transparent that this is a systemic problem throughout the military, and we plan to get to the bottom of it, find out who actually ordered the SPLC list to be used and then, out of the 1,000 groups listed, who decided to single out American Family Association."
He concludes: "In the same way that the IRS has targeted the tea party and conservative Christians, the military has a bulls eye on us because we are considered enemies of the Obama administration."
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