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Army Officer Labels FRC, AFA in E-mail
By Harold Hutchison

Christian groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association were labeled as “hate groups” by an Army officer in an e-mail sent to his subordinates. The officer, a Lt. Col. Jack Rich, wrote, “Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values.”

According to a report by Fox News Radio, Rich’s e-mail was sent to about three dozen subordinates. It is not the only controversial comment leveled in an Army e-mail or presentation apparently aimed at Christians. Fox News last week reported than an instructor gave a presentation in which Catholics and fundamentalist Christians were characterized as extremists. According to the Fox News report, the instructor told one soldier who questioned him after the briefing that he got the information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A gunman tried to carry out a mass shooting at the Family Research Council in August, 2012. The gunman admitted selecting the target using the SPLC’s map when he plead guilty in February to three charges. The Army is investigating the origins of the e-mail. A spokesman denied that there was any effort to take an anti-religion stance.