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Controversial Training to Continue
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Defense announced that it will still use materials from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) despite controversy over its labeling of some conservative organizations as “hate groups.”

According to a report by Cybercast News Service, the DOD decision comes despite efforts to force a trade. Among the groups the SPLC lists as “hate groups” are the Family Research Council and the American Family Association. The listings drew scrutiny when a man carried out an act of domestic terrorism against the FRC, motivated by its listing as a hate group.

“Based on recent incidents, the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD (P&R)) directed a full review in December 2013, of all DEOMI training materials, including a full review of all non-Federal reference materials to evaluate its appropriateness and effectiveness in delivering world-class equal opportunity education,” Lieutenant Commander Nate Christiansen told CNS. “From this review, it was determined there is benefit to continued use of non-federal reference material in order to preserve the quality, breadth of perspective, and applicability through real-world situations for DEOMI-directed diversity education.” Among those providing material would be SPLC, even though references to the group would be removed from official training material.

The DOD use of SPLC material was revealed in a number of incidents involving training at various military bases.