8 responses

  1. Soren456
    October 15, 2013

    Sorry. I’m missing something. What is the course of events you’re reporting? In what context are the soldiers getting briefings and instruction?

  2. Timothy Kincaid
    October 15, 2013

    Sorry, Soren. It helps if I include the link and put quotes where they’re supposed to be.

  3. Richard Rush
    October 15, 2013

    If AFA is not a hate group, then what would a hate group look like?

  4. Marcus
    October 15, 2013

    It would be prudent to note that we only have the AFA’s word for it (according to the Fox article) that the military is basing its “hate group” designation on the SPLC’s. It could well be that the military decided on the label of its own accord.

    (There’s a widespread misconception that the SPLC is some kind of government agency tasked with legally designating “hate groups.” Which is false – it’s a nonprofit organization, and the US government has no say in what labels any private organization chooses to classify other organizations under.)

  5. Marcus
    October 15, 2013

    Correction – on second read, “the military” is inaccurate. A couple of instructors called the AFA a hate group, and military brass claimed they “did not reflect official Army policy.”

    In other words, there’s no official censure of the AFA. They’re just shocked that a couple of people in the military would share the opinions of nearly everyone else who’s heard their hateful rhetoric.

  6. Soren456
    October 16, 2013

    @Kincaid: Thank you. Perfectly clear now.

  7. Steve
    October 16, 2013

    It’s also pure nonsense that the AFA is a “ministry”.

  8. SharonB
    October 16, 2013

    So…. an organization that is devoted to, on demonstrably false pretenses, defaming LGBT people is upset that they are being “defamed” (factually, I might add), by SPLC?

    I love the smell of irony in the morning.

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