It had previously been reported by this column that, during a military training session in Mississippi, the American Family Association had been included on a list of hate groups, prompting both Todd Starnes and Matt Barber to charge that the Obama administration was preparing to persecute Christians militarily.
Unsurprisingly, the AFA's Bryan Fischer is now in on the act, saying in an interview with WorldNetDaily that his group may file a lawsuit.
"We are considering legal action, we think this is defamatory, it's outrageous, it's libelous," said Fischer. "It's not beyond the possibility that we would resort to some kind of legal action."
Fischer himself bares much of the responsibility for the AFA's classification, for such wonderful gems of bigotry as insisting that overturning DOMA would be unconstitutional, that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to America, and that children in same-sex families should be kidnapped.
Fischer also stated that he found it "particularly offensive" that the military compared the AFA to the Westboro Baptist Church since "you're not going to find a stronger supporter of the American military than the American Family Association."
"The reality is Fred Phelps and his group takes a view completely different than we do."
The reality is actually that the AFA and WBC have more in common than either would like to admit. In August of 2012, for example, AFA's Buster Wilson insisted Hurricane Isaac was caused by New Orleans hosting an LGBT festival.