Army soldiers were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. AFA was listed alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and the Black Panthers.
A soldier contacted FOX News after he attended a briefing showing the AFA pictured with Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church. The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays. The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.
Later in the briefing, the soldiers were reportedly told that they could face punishment for participating in organizations that are considered hate groups.
To quote Dr. Ben Carson, “I’m happy that people with lifestyles with which I strongly disagree are free to live their lives as they please, as long as their lifestyle does not infringe upon my way of life.”
In the days since the Army has said.
“The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” Army spokesman Troy Rolan stated in an email toThe Clarion-Ledger Tuesday afternoon. “It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing which included info acquired from an internet search.” Rolan said the information was not obtained from any official Army sources, nor was it approved by any senior level leaders or counselors.
“The Soldier, after being challenged on the information, recognized that the information was incorrect,” Rolan said. “The briefing has been updated and any reference to American Family Association has been removed.”
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