If our military wasn't headed by a commander-in-chief who is hostile to Christian faith, allegations that the American Family Association is a “hate group” would be laughed off every military base in the world.
As reported by Fox News and OneNewsNow, the United States military is falsely accusing the American Family Association of being a hate group.
The allegation that AFA is a hate group is libelous, slanderous and blatantly false. The military should purge all of its training materials of this pollution by the close of business today and issue an immediate apology to the AFA. 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.
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.
The truth is that the AFA doesn’t hate anyone. We love everybody. We love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the moral, spiritual and physical dangers of homosexual conduct.
We disagree with those who believe that homosexuality is a benign alternative to heterosexuality, but disagreement about the normalizing of homosexual behavior is not hate; it is simply disagreement.
Our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, was flatly opposed to the normalization of homosexuality in the military, dismissing two soldiers who were caught in the act. And his language was quite strong. Referring to the “attempt to commit sodomy,” Washington expressed “abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes.”
This attack on the AFA from our own military is part of an ongoing and exceedingly disturbing trend to demonize Christians and Christianity in the ranks. To give just one example, an airman at Lackland Air Force Base, Sgt. Philip Monk, is facing a possible court-martial for doing nothing more than expressing his own deeply held religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
It’s spooky and in fact dangerous to see the U.S. military even involved in policing pro-family groups on American soil. Their job is to fight al-Qaeda, not their own citizens.
The AFA stands proudly for the values that made America the greatest, freest and most prosperous nation on earth: Christian faith, the moral standards of the Ten Commandments, marriage and the family, and public policy centered in the unchanging standards of Scripture.
This blatantly false “hate” allegation is coming from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is now a thoroughly discredited source on any subject, especially hate. In fact, for spreading malicious lies about pro-family groups, SPLC belongs on its own hate group list.
They've made a despicable career out of using lies, distortions and innuendo to whip up reckless and dangerous animosity against groups which defend the values of the Founders. The individual who tried to shoot up the Family Research Council last summer picked up not only his hatred from the SPLC but used its hate map to locate FRC. The real hate group here is the SPLC, not the AFA.
The SPLC was exposed last spring by the Weekly Standard as nothing more than a fear-mongering and shameless fund-raising scam. One of the leading charity watchdogs in the U.S., CharityWatch, has consistently given it a grade of “F” for its unethical use of donor funds. They're sitting on a stockpile of $256 million in offshore accounts as we speak.
SPLC has zero credibility and the military is destroying its own credibility by using their materials. The leaders of the SPLC are nothing more than parasites who are leaching off AFA and FRC because of our visibility, effectiveness and name identification. They're nothing more than hacks and scam artists. Nobody with an ounce of judgment, in or out of the military, should pay any attention to their fevered rantings.
In an effort to appease Muslims, President Obama once said, “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” Mr. President, it’s time for you to start practicing what you preach: stop denigrating Christians in your own country.
Bryan Fischer is director of issues analysis for the American Family Association. He hosts "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central).
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