By Bryan Fischer
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As Todd Starnes reported on the Fox News
website, 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 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.
(Unless otherwise noted,
the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the
views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)