Have You Even Consulted an Attorney?

A couple of weeks ago, a story broke on Fox “News” about the US Army’s recent decision to include the American Family Association – described as a “well-respected Christian ministry” that “advocates for traditional family values” by the folks over at Fox News – in the list of domestic hate groups during a briefing at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.  The story was leaked by a member of the class who is a loyal member and can’t see how or why his involvement in an organization that spends to much time blaming homosexuality and those who “choose” that lifestyle for the ills of the world.

Well, the folks at the AFA finally got find of the report and issued a response during an interview with media giant WorldNetDaily.

In an interview today with WorldNetDaily, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer said that his group may file a lawsuit against the US military because the AFA was included on a list of domestic hate groups in an army training. Fischer said that Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is “demanding answers” from the Pentagon about the list and why the military is “even spending time focusing on groups that are made up of American citizens.”

Bryan Fischer, in his favorite position: looking down on everyone else. (from SPLC)

Maybe that’s because organizations like these are especially dangerous if they have loyal members of the military who identify strongly with their ideals?  Is this man not aware o the problems inherent with giving comprehensive military training – including small unit tactics and firearms operation – to a group of people with a pathological hatred of any particular demographic on the basis that some divine being said they were icky back when our ancestors were still in loincloths?

“We are considering legal action, we think this is defamatory, it’s outrageous, it’s libelous,” Fischer said. “It’s not beyond the possibility that we would resort to some kind of legal action.”

It’s not libel if it’s true, so I’m going to shoot from the hip and say it’s not going to go further than this.  They’re saying this in order to beat their chests and claim persecution, but a cursory glance at some of their more famous statements makes their case extremely difficult to prosecute:

“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
– Bryan Fischer, AFA director of issue analysis for government and public policy, 2010

“If President Obama, Congressional Democrats, and homosexual activists get their wish, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals who may very well view them with sexual interest.”
– AFA press release, February 2010

“Homosexuality is not only harmful to homosexuals themselves, but also to children and to society.”
– Stephen Bennett, AFA writer, 2004

“As with smoking, homosexual behavior’s ‘second hand’ effects threaten public health….Thus, individuals who choose to engage in homosexual behavior threaten not only their own lives, but the lives of the general population.”
– Gary Glenn, president of Michigan chapter of AFA, 2001

“[T]he homosexual lifestyle is characterized by anonymous sexual encounters and celebration of sexual obsession and perversion unparalleled in any other social group.”
– Richard Howe, “Homosexuality in America,” AFA publication, 1994

Bryan Fischer, if you remember, has a long track record of saying completely insane shit about homosexual, including my personal favorite that the adopted children of same-sex couples should be kidnapped “Underground Railroad” style to save them from their new parents.

Frivolous lawsuit aside, I think this is wonderful news to hear that the US Army is taking a more aggressive stance on domestic hate groups that include right-wing Christian organizations.  It’s unconscionable that they’ve been given a pass up to now, but it seems as though that’s finally changing.  With their number of allies dwindling in the military, groups like these will hopefully be rendered extinct within a generation … or at least so thoroughly marginalized that they are no longer relevant to the conversation.

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One Response to Have You Even Consulted an Attorney?

  1. Those quotes are unbelievable. Oh nooo they aren’t a hate group. Sheesh.

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