Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Army Lieutenant Colonel Sends Email Labeling Certain Christians as Hate Groups

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19

An Army lieutenant colonel has sent members of his unit – I am guessing officers and senior NCOs – a lengthy email, that among other things, label Christian ministries as hate groups.  So far, the story has hit only a handful of news sources, but I am sure it will generate some publicity within the next day or two.  To the colonel’s credit, he has commanded Rangers in combat, and he is currently the battalion commander of a storied unit in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  While I am sure my Christian brothers and sisters will soon write the Pentagon demanding his removal, I feel bad for the guy.  Unfortunately, with this new Army, he has been forced to accept new lifestyles. He probably sat through one PC lecture too many and made a huge mistake in his effort to share what he learned with his leaders.  I have a feeling that his email will certainly hinder his career. If he had plans of making it to the general officer’s ranks, he can forget about it.  What worries me is in a few short years when the next officer writes a very similar email and that email becomes the Army Values.  The following is a reporter’s description of the LTC’s email:

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.

“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 LTC 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.
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 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.

 See: Army Officer's Email Labels Christian Ministries as Domestic Hate Groups
See related: DOD Briefing Classifies Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as "Extremist Groups"

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