The United State Army officially rejected the Southern Poverty Law Center’s assessment that labeled the American Family Association a hate group. An unauthorized slide produced by a soldier off of the Internet and from SPLC’s website created controversy recently during a training session of military officers when the slide produced used defamatory SPLC rhetoric in a slide about the AFA.
The slide connected the AFA with the Westboro Baptist Church who is notorious for insulting gays, military personnel, and anybody else its rent-a-mob happens to dislike.
A strong indictment against the SPLC propaganda regarding the AFA was stated by Army spokesman Troy A. Rolan Sr. who wrote,
“The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or
It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing which included info
acquired from an internet search. Info was not pulled from official Army
sources, nor was it approved by senior Army leaders, senior equal opportunity
counselors or judge-advocate personnel.
The Soldier, after being challenged on the information, recognized that the
information was incorrect. The briefing has been updated and any reference
to American Family Association has been removed.
Soldiers who attended the briefing will be notified that the information
regarding AFA was incorrect.
I am unaware at this time about the intervention of an Army Chaplain.
We consider the matter closed.”
TROY A. ROLAN SR.
On Tuesday, October 15th, George Wright, another Army spokesman, released the exact same communique from the Pentagon in an effort to do damage control.
The SPLC labeled Christian organization the Family Research Center also as a hate group based on the FRC long time stance as pro-traditional family, anti-abortion, and a staunch supporter to conservative values. The platform matches most religious organizations and the Republican Party. Having disagreements on social issues should not automatically qualify being a hate group along the same company as Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, or Nation of Islam.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Poverty_Law_Center
An upset individual took it upon himself to act against the FRC last year because “he did not like what the FRC stood for” according to bystanders and admission by the shooter before he shot security guard at FRC’s headquarters. The shooter was a volunteer at a gay organization and those at FRC assigned some responsibility to the SPLC for its ongoing practice of listing the FRC as a hate group on SPLC’s website.
The soldier that prepared the presentation at Camp Shelby in Mississippi injected the unauthorized information on his own authority and believed SPLC was correct to have the AFA on the hate list. In his letter Army spokesman Rolan clearly noted that the SPLC did not reflect the Army’s policy or doctrine.
AFA’s values may not match up with the SPLC, but the Army’s statement refuting the SPLC demonstrated that did not make the AFA a hate group. Both the AFA and the FRC have been accused of inflammatory anti-gay statements by the SPLC. The Army is quite aware of the reputation of the AFA, and declared that the AFA's values were not in conflict with that of the Army's.