John 15:18-20 18“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…
We at Eagle Rising want to make sure that all of our readers understand that we wholeheartedly support our men and women in the military. We also hold in high esteem all those veterans who have served in years past to protect our liberties. It saddens us to have to report, week after week, that the military of our beloved nation continues to persecute our brothers and sisters in Christ who serve in their ranks. It falls to us, however, to make sure that all of you are made aware of the dangers faced by our soldiers every day, not from enemies without, but from the military they serve in itself.
Fox News is now reporting that during a briefing at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, the US Army representative explained to those present that the American Family Association (AFA), a Christian, pro-traditional marriage organization, was a hate group, listed alongside hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Panthers. During the briefing, a slide titled “American Family Association” was shown with a picture of Fred Phelps, Pastor of the Westboro Church, holding a sign that said “No special law for F***.” However, the AFA is in no way affiliated with the Westboro Church or their beliefs.
When a chaplain in attendance questioned the inclusion of the AFA on the list of hate groups, “The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays,” the soldier told me. “The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.” The soldiers were also told that activity or affiliation with any “hate group” could result in punishment from the military.
All of this means that our soldiers could be punished for supporting a group that believes that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Even more condemnable, it means that anyone who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman could be labeled a “hate group” by the government of the United States. This opens a terrifying new can of worms for any Christian who believes in the view of marriage espoused in the Bible.
Things are getting more and more precarious for Christian soldiers every day, and soon they’ll get more precarious for your average Christian citizen too.
Update: The Army has apologized and admitted that the AFA is not a hate group. The AFA is not buying the story though…
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