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Chief calls for corrected training on 'extremists'

The chief of the U.S. Army has ordered that training for the military on  “extremists” be halted until the program can be corrected and standardized to  eliminate reported Christian-bashing

It was earlier this month that one such  “training” course was reported to have labeled the pro-family  American Family Association as a hate group – a designation that earlier was  applied to the group by the domestic terror case-linked Southern Poverty Law  Center.

According  to Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, Army Secretary John McHugh has given  military leaders a memo with the orders.

“On several occasions over the past few months, media accounts have  highlighted instances of Army instructors supplementing programs of instruction  and including information or material that is inaccurate, objectionable and  otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy,” the memo said.

Starnes reported an Army spokesman, David Patterson Jr., said McHugh  “directed that Army leaders cease all briefings, command presentations or  training on the subject of extremist organizations or activities until that  program of instruction and training has been created and disseminated.”

It was a soldier at a Camp Shelby in  Mississippi who presented evi... that an Army presenter at a  briefing identified AFA as a “hate group” because of its stance on homosexuality  and marriage.

Army spokesman George Wright later confessed the characterization of AFA was  “acquired from an Internet search” and “did not come from official Army sources,  nor was it approved by senior Army leaders, senior equal opportunity counselors  or judge-advocate personnel.”

Tim Wildmon, president of AFA, one of the country’s largest Christian  ministries, said: “We are probably going to be taking legal action. The Army has  smeared us. They’ve defamed the American Family Association.”

Brian Fischer, AFA’s director of issues analysis, said the Internet source  likely was the Southern Poverty Law Center, which routinely labels Christians  who adhere to biblical teaching on homosexuality as “hate groups.”

At the time, he said: “The 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.”

Fischer said the “real hate group here is the SPLC.”

That isn’t news to anyone familiar with the terror attack on the Washington  headquarters of the Family Research Council, an  organization with standards and beliefs like those of AFA.

See  Chuck Missler’s teaching on what Christians will endure, in “C...

The convicted assailant, Floyd Lee Corkins, said he chose to attack FRC  because the organization was listed as an “anti-gay” hate group by SPLC on its  website.

FRC promotes traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs about the family and  homosexuality, but SPLC claims the organization’s “real specialty is defaming  gays and lesbians.”

Corkins, a former volunteer at an LGBT community center, pleaded guilty to  domestic terrorism. It was on Aug. 15, 2012, when the heavily armed Corkins  walked into FRC headquarters and began shooting with the intent of killing “as  many people as I could.” He managed to shoot and injure just one person,  facilities manager Leo Johnson, who is credited with heroically stopping the  attack.

In a speech at recent the Values Voter Summit 2013, Alveda King, a niece of  Martin Luther King Jr., condemned the practice of labeling Christian  organizations “hate” groups.

She said Corkins “came to FRC as a gunman, fueled by hate mongering from the  Southern Poverty Law Center.”

“The shooter admitted he was directed to FRC’s location by the Southern  Poverty Law Center’s website. While SPLC claims to fight against hate, they have  been saying hateful things about the Family Research Council and perhaps other  groups who are represented her today,” she said.

“Today the shooter is behind bars as the result of being convicted for  domestic terrorism. But the SPLC and many others, who couch hate and anger in  false claims of civil rights activism, still roam free to confuse the masses  with their deceptions,” said King.

See King’s speech:

           

Sandy Rios, another vocal advocate on behalf of Christian organizations, also  spoke at the summit.

“We have 2.5 million constituents, we have 190 radio stations, we have a  journal. And just, not that long ago, the SPLC has decided that we are in fact a  hate group,” she said.

It was the SPLC’s own letter asking members of Congress to boycott the summit  that gave supporting evidence, she said.

She quoted from the SPLC letter: “Given the demonizing lies about the LGBT  community spread by the host, the Family Research Council and another major  sponsor of the event, the American Family Association, we urge you not to lend  the prestige of your office to the summit.”

Rios continued: “We all know that a little more than a year ago, Floyd  Corkins came into the offices of the Family Research Council because he had  looked on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, checked their list of  ‘hate’ groups, found FRC and a couple of others, gone into the building with the  idea that he would commit mass murder. With a bag full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches  that he was going to stuff in their mouths after he murdered them.”

She noted SPLC has refused to apologize and remove FRC and AFA from their  list of hate groups.

“But let me tell you something about why this is important,” she said. “The  Southern Poverty Law Center sounds great, doesn’t it? You know it’s always had a  reputation, sort of a history of helping people in the civil rights movement.  And they had a good reputation. That’s what people think they do. But that’s not  really what they do.”

Rios said SPLC “now has millions of dollars in funding, endowments in excess  of $223 million, and lots of off shore accounts.”

“Let me just say that the American Institute of Philanthropy has given an F  grade to the SPLC for their excessive reserves,” she said.

Rios charged SPLC’s “main business is attacking and suing conservative  organizations.”

“They are out to destroy people like the Family Research Council, the  American Family Association, and people like you,” she said.

“Hate is a cottage industry for the SPLC,” charged Rios.

“And let me give you just an idea of some of the things that they do. They  have a hate map and they list on their hate map, at least at this writing, they  listed 1,018 groups,” she said.

“So, the interesting thing about it is the statistics on crime, the hate  crimes, between 1996 and 2011 decreased by 29 percent while the number of hate  groups the SPLC identified rose 69 percent. A little strange. So when law  enforcement and others looked into this list they found that many of these  groups don’t even exist. So the SPLC I have to say is not to be trusted. And  yet, the reason I am spending so much time telling you about them is that, in  fact, they are used as a resource by the Department of Homeland Security, the  Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pentagon, and  thousands of local law enforcement agencies. They conduct trainings all around  this country, informing these groups of who the haters are and we are on that  list. We are on that list.”

See Rios’ speech:

           

Starnes’  latest report noted that Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious  Liberty welcomed the orders from McHugh.

“Men and women of faith – who have served the Army faithfully for centuries –  have been likened to those who regularly threaten the peace and security of the  United States. It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this  type of improper characterization,” he told Starnes.

The Camp Shelby episode also drew the attention of Congress, where Reps. Doug  Lamborn, Steve Scalise, John Fleming, Joseph Pitts and Tim Huelskamp joined in a  letter to the Pentagon stating: “This most recent mislabeling of a Christian  organization reflects what appears to be a troubling trend of religious  intolerance in the military.”

Starnes noted that Fort Hood soldiers also were warned that contribution to  evangelical Christian groups could result in military punishment, and earlier  this year a training brief listed Catholics and evangelical Christians as  extremists.

WND reported that the U.S. military  already had been caught teaching that the  Founding Fathers, whose beliefs and political positions c...

Also, a study at the West Point Military  Academy asserted people who are part of the ideological right wing of  American society constitutes a danger to the nation.

Then it was revealed that SPLC was caught  providing information to a terrorist later convicted of a domestic attack  who was “advising” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

‘Hostile to Christian faith’

AFA’s Fischer suggested that if the “military  wasn’t headed by a commander in chief who is hostile to C...,  these allegations would be laughed off every military base in the world.”

“The truth is that AFA doesn’t hate anyone,” he said. “We love everybody. We  love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the moral, spiritual and  physical dangers of homosexual conduct.”

Listen to AFA’s Brian Fischer:

           

The Obama administration’s attacks on conservatives date  back to just weeks after he took office.

At that time a newly unclassified Department of Homeland Security report  warned against the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists,”  including opponents of abortion.

The report was followed days later by a report from the Missouri Information  Analysis Center that warned law enforcement officials to watch out for  individuals with “radical” ideologies based on Christian views.

DHS officials later told WND they would refuse to identify the authors of the  report or comment on any actions taken in response to the controversy.

But the steady drumbeat of statements from the administration even prompted members of both parties in Congress to  blast the reports.

The Department of Defense later was  caught teaching that those who oppose abortion are “low-level  terrorists.”

Weeks later, SPLC confirmed to WND it  published a report and delivered it to law enforcement officers across the  nation that lumped adherents of constitutional principles with crazed  killers.

It further was revealed SPLC was advising  DHS formally on how to “... The DHS also was caught  monitoring a blog posted by a Christian who was forced to flee Brazil because of  the conflict between that nation’s pro-homosexual “hate crimes” agenda and his  advocacy for traditional marriage.

The Obama administration declined comment on its decision to monitor Julio  Severo’s unabashedly Christian Last  Days Watchman blog.

Early this year a West Point study  from the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center linked opposition to  abortion and other “fundamental” positions to terrorism.

The study, “Challenges  from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Fa... cites  “anti-abortionists” as an active threat for terrorist activity.

“The anti-abortionists have been extremely productive during the last two  decades, amassing 227 attacks, many of them perpetrated without the responsible  perpetrators identified or caught,” author Arie Perliger wrote. “And while, in  both cases, the 1990s were more violent than the last decade, in the case of  anti-abortion, the trend is much more extreme, as 90 percent of attacks were  perpetrated before 2001.”

American Life League President Judie Brown  called it a smear tactic.

“I can see exactly what is going on with reference to the pro-life movement.  The use of two words expose the bias and hatred for what we stand for as a  movement. Those words are ‘attacks’ and ‘violence’,” Brown said.

Herb Titus, a constitutional law  professor, former dean of the Regent University School of Law and distinguished  fellow with the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Tho...,  says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence.

“Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the  professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many  who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence,” Titus  said.

“His theory is that of the iceberg, that which as seen may be small, but it  hides what is a much larger threat just below the surface. Obviously, the  professor disagrees with those who favor small government, cutting back of  federal government encroachments upon the powers of the state and to discredit  this movement focuses on a few gun-toting militia,” Titus said.

Titus turns his attention to whom he believes is the source of the study.

“Like so many in the Obama administration, Perliger does not want to engage  in any dialogue on the issues, but just discredit an entire political movement  by ad hominem charged words,” Titus said. “Perliger is not a serious scholar,  but a propagandist for the existing regime.”

The military teaching that the colonists  were “extremists” was traced back to SPLC.

Judicial  Watch, a government corruption monitor, said it obtained records regarding  the “preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate  crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”

The teaching claimed: “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist  ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from  British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern  states are just two examples.”

The 9/11 attacks by Muslims who killed nearly 3,000 people are called a  “historical event.”

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Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on October 28, 2013 at 11:55pm
I have contacted a very senior Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserve asking about the TEA Party Comment. So far I have heard nothing back. If I hear back, I will post the reply.

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