Lawmakers: We want answers about Army, 'domestic hate groups'

Monday, November 11, 2013
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Members of Congress are turning up the heat on the Pentagon in an effort to find out why – and by whose orders – the military has been attacking the integrity and patriotism of Christian organizations by labeling them as "domestic hate groups."

Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Mississippi) is 1 of 38 members of Congress signing off on a letter to the Secretary of the Army – especially about an incident last month at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in which the Tupelo-based American Family Association was labeled in Army training material as a "hate group." The Army initially claimed it was an isolated incident.

Nunnelee, Alan (R-Mississippi)"But as we looked into it, [we found] this is not an isolated incident," Nunnelee tells OneNewsNow. "There are a number of cases where the Army has singled out the American Family Association and other Christian organizations as hate groups, and service men and women have been threatened with sanctions if they support these groups.

"I am troubled by what appears to be a mounting culture of religious intolerance and hostility towards Christianity within the Army," he adds in a press release. "I do not believe that the Army has taken adequate steps to address the root cause of these incidents."

The letter from Nunnelee and his colleagues expresses outrage to the Secretary of the Army and asks for answers as to what the Army is doing to correct the problem. At one point, an Army official said it had been tracked down and the subject was closed.

"Once we found out this was not an isolated incident of one trainer making a decision, it's not closed – and we're not going to let the issue drop," vows the Republican lawmaker, who says the letter is just the first step in an effort to pursue the matter until an answer is obtained.

Nunnelee raises a question because the U.S. military "does not particularly have any domestic responsibilities," so he wonders why they are conducting training on alleged "domestic hate groups" in the first place.

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