Army Labels Christian Groups As ‘Domestic Hate Groups’ Over Homosexuality

Patrick Frye - Author

Jul. 14 2017, Updated 12:43 a.m. ET

An Army officer labeled Christian groups as “domestic hate groups” for opposing homosexuality and gay marriage.

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Army officier Lt. Col. Jack Rich sent an email to subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups” because they oppose homosexuality and gay marriage. Rich also warned Army officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups.

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The 14 page email listed groups the Army considers to be anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and/or anti-Muslim. Christian groups were listed alongside Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.

The Army email that labels Christian groups as domestic hate groups says:

“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values. 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.”

A week ago an Army training instructor labeled Christians and Catholics as religious extremism. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance, says, “We’re concerned that this is more than an isolated incident. We’d like answers. Is there a policy in the military concerning people of faith?”

George Wright, Army spokesman at the Pentagon, says this email represents only the views of Jack Rich and does not constitute an official attack on Christians or 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. Any belief that the Army is out to label religious groups in a negative manner is without warrant.”

Family Research Council executive vice president Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) is one of those labeled as a religious extremist and a domestic hate group. This is what Boykin had to say:

“I don’t even know where to start. I am so grieved by what I see here. This is a continuation of a pattern that we’ve been seeing in our military for about three years now. … What we’re essentially seeing is a continued attack on faith, on religion, on the ability of the American GI to worship according to his faith. … This is another example of how those young men and women who are serving this country are being told that their faith is a danger to America.”

What do you think about these Army officers labeling Christian groups as religious extremists and domestic hate groups?


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