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Fox News And Tony Perkins Angered Family Research Council Called Hate Group In New Army Email

by David Badash on April 11, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

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Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes and Tony Perkins are angered that an email from a U.S. Army officer referred to the Family Research Council, which Perkins heads, and the American Family Association, as anti-gay hate groups.

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The Family Research Council and the American Family Association are anti-gay hate groups, and certified as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks over 1000 active hate groups.

“A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as ‘domestic hate groups’ because they oppose homosexuality — and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups,” Starnes wrote this week at Fox:

“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values,” read an email from Lt. Col.  Jack Rich to three dozen subordinates at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was disturbed by the contents of the email.

“It’s very disturbing to see where the Obama Administration is taking the military and using it as a laboratory for social experimentation  — and also as an instrument to fundamentally change the culture,” he said. “The message is very clear – if you are a Christian who believes in the Bible, who believes in transcendent truth, there is no place for you in the military.”

The Army denied there is any attack on Christians or those who hold religious beliefs.

“The notion that the Army is taking an anti-religion or anti-Christian stance is contrary to any of our policies, doctrines and regulations,” said George Wright, Army spokesman at the Pentagon. “Any belief that the Army is out to label religious groups in a negative manner is without warrant.”

Wright said they are checking into the origin of the email. At this point it’s unclear who ordered the email to be sent and why.

The 14-page email documented groups the military considers to be anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. Among the other groups mentioned are Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.

The Family Research Council and the American Family Association were listed as being anti-gay.

“The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident gay rights movement,” the officer wrote. “One of those has been defamation.”

The officer accused the “Christian Right” of “engaging in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as ‘perverts” with ‘filthy habits’ who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and ‘convert’ them to gay sex,” he wrote.

The Family Research Council and the American Family Association have been well documented purveyors of anti-gay hate and lies, so the Army is absolutely correct to warn people that supporters of these two organizations may engage in anti-gay hate, which is disruptive to troop cohesion and morale.

As Carlos Mazza at Media Matters notes, the “headline for Starnes’ piece also incorrectly described FRC and AFA as ‘Christian Ministries,’ ignoring both groups’ work in authoring anti-gay propaganda and lobbying for extreme anti-gay policy initiatives.”

Mazza adds:

Starnes – who acts as Fox News’ resident mouthpiece for anti-gay hate groups – chose to depict the email as an assault on Christianity, interviewing several employees of FRC who, not surprisingly, condemned the email.

Media Matters also published these two audio clips of Starnes discussing the issue:

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{ 6 comments }

MeSoHornish April 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

For people like Starnes, it is "The End of Days." The end of their comfortable fantasy within a Brady Bunchesque world where institutionalized bigotry and sexism and were unquestioned and accepted.

Laura April 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I think the email was spot on. If they want to stop being labeled as anti-gay hate groups, then they should stop being anti-gay hate groups.

Coxhere April 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

But Laura, they say that they are "christian" and are upholding "christian" virtues, beliefs, and attitudes (of hate and lying smears). As long as they are "christian" and "love the sinner but hate the sin," then they should be able to lie all they want and defame as often and as much as they want without being called homophobes, bigots, and liars. After all, they say that the U. S. Constitution gives them these "freedoms" of religion and can use these "freedoms" to infringe upon the freedoms of Gay Americans. Of course I say all of this as really meaning the homophobes/bigots are evil-conniving-satanic-anti-christs.

SeanLiberty13 April 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

If it looks like the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Al Qaeda; acts like the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Al Qaeda: and has the same anti-gay marriage position as the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Al Qaeda then it is like the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Al Qaeda.

Fascist Research Council (FRC) = KKK = Neo-Nazis = Al Qaeda = 100% PURE EVIL

Kiltedbear April 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

They still don't get that freedom of speech does not mean they have the right to impose their beliefs on others. They of course would claim the opposite is true and that gay rights are being imposed on them. Funny how it is all about them and not about the people who are not granted the same rights as they have.

LooeyNoorey October 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

DANGEROUS RADICALS OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT !

[quotes are from Vital Quotations by Emerson West]

ROBERT E. LEE: "In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." (p. 21)
DANIEL WEBSTER: "If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper." (p. 21)
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: "I have made it a practice for several years to read the Bible through in the course of every year." (p. 22)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book." (p. 22)
GEORGE WASHINGTON: "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." (p. 22)
HORACE GREELEY: "It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people." (p. 23)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: "I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by himself to be the most pure, benevolent, and sublime which have ever been preached to man. I adhere to the principles of the first age; and consider all subsequent innovations as corruptions of this religion, having no foundation in what came from him." (p. 45)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: "Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would by now have become Christian." (p. 47)
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: "As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see." (p.49)
WOODROW WILSON: "The sum of the whole matter is this—-that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can only be saved by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by practices which spring out of that spirit." (p. 143)
PATRICK HENRY: "There is a just God who presides over the destiny of nations." (p. 145)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: "Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction." (p. 225)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: "Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus." (p. 237)
GEORGE WASHINGTON: "The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low, that every person of sense and character detests and despises it." (p. 283)
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: "Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped." (p. 301)
CALVIN COOLIDGE: "The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions." (p. 305)
GEORGE WASHINGTON: "The perpetuity of this nation depends upon the religious education of the young." (p. 306)

Prior to our increasingly "Hell-Bound and Happy" era, America's greatest leaders were part of the (gulp) Religious Right! Today we have forgotten God's threat (to abort America) in Psa. 50:22—-"Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver."

[Oops , the US Army has forgotten that America's past greats were right in line with American Family Association's beliefs! The above quotes were spotted on the web.]

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