The American Family Association has been classified as a hate group by the U.S. Army according to Fox News.
The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. “I had to show Americans what our soldiers are now being taught,” said the soldier who asked not to be identified. “The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays,” the soldier told me. “The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.”
My first thought is it is very presumptive for anyone to assume that being labeled a sinner or heathen is a derogatory term. For some it's a badge of honor! Didn't Vegas market itself as sin city? More importantly the AFA and the Christian religion labels all humanity as sinners. The definition of a heathen is someone who doesn't follow the God of the Bible. So why would that be offensive? For those of us who don't follow the prophet Muhammad we are called infidels. It's not offensive, unless you really are a Muslim and you're called that.
The AFA has responded This mischaracterization of AFA is reprehensible and inexcusable. AFA has many military members who support our ministry and know these accusations are false and misleading. TAKE ACTION Ask your members of congress to begin investigating why the Pentagon relies on the extreme left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center as its source for listing "hate groups."
That's right. The U.S. Army has followed the lead of the Southern Poverty Law Center who labeled the AFA as a hate group a few years ago.The SPLC started off in the 60's with the noble cause of ending black oppression. In 1969 they sued the YMCA for blocking black boys from being admitted in their Summer camp. In 1981 they sued the county of Bullock Alabama, because the county refused to pay the staffs of a black probate judge, while paying the staffs of all the white probate judges. It appears that there isn't enough real discrimination for the SPLC any more so they have begun making life hard for Christian groups who continue to say homosexual behavior is against Jesus's teachings. Yes the New Testament is consistent with the Old Testament despite what a lot of people would have you believe. Jesus had memorized the entire Torah including the parts where it specifically cndemns homsexual behavior. If he felt like it was wrong or the situation had changed he would have certainly made a big deal about it. Jesus did make a big deal out of God's law being perverted by religious scholars in other areas. In Matthew 15 he corrects the Pharisees who were upset that His disciples didn't perform the ceremonial hand washing. Jesus says that is a tradition created by man and not in the Old Testament. In Mark 2 Jesus corrects the scholars who were forcing people to "rest" on the Sabbath Day. Resting on the Sabbath is a command from God, but the scholars had made it a burden on people. Jesus said "the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath". It's a gift and the elites were making people miserable with it. Obviously homosexuals existed in this age. The practice was strictly prohibited under Jewish law. Jesus never said anything like love is love and all is acceptable. If he had wanted to correct the scholars he would have. If you don't believe the Bible is the word of God then what Jesus said should be of no concern to you. Go live your life however you want. If you do believe the Bible is the word of God then you would believe God would have the power to stop man from morphing it into something other than His word. It is not hate but love that compels Christians to point all to God's word.
Now there are some who claim to be Christian's who use God's words to hurt. That is a different matter. It's clear that Westboro "Baptist Church" is a hate group who really does use hate speech, mixed with scripture. All Christian's would denounce that group.
If the SPLC and now the U.S. Army is going to classify any speech that makes anyone else uncomfortable as hate speech, well then Christian's should bring a suit against them for hate speech. Denouncing our Bible is a form of prejudice that makes a lot of us uncomfortable. And while I'm at it, any couple that uses baby talk in public with each other...that makes me really uncomfortable! Why isn't that hate speech?