A group of Army officers were advised to monitor soldiers who belong to what they considered to be anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration organizations, according to a military email obtained by Fox News.
The email was sent by a lieutenant colonel at Fort Campbell in Kentucky to three dozen subordinates – warning them to be on the lookout for any soldiers who might be members of “domestic hate groups.”
Among the groups the Army listed as “domestic hate groups” are well-respected organizations the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Atlas Shrugs and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Army listed the groups alongside actual extremist and hate groups like the Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacist groups.
“When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem,” the email advised. “We need to make sure that we maintain our standards – starting with reception and integration.”
Pamela Geller, of Atlas Shrugs, told Fox News that the Army’s email was a smear and intellectually dishonest.
“I don’t promote hate,” she said. “I expose hate speech. The purpose of Atlas Shrugs is to report under-reported stories on daily acts of jihad across the world.”
Geller said her website opposes jihad and sharia.
“I think it’s frightening that the US military is targeting patriotic Americans that are fighting for freedom,” she said. “It should serve as a warning to Americans.”
Geller said it was interesting that the Army’s 14-page email did not include a single mention of Islamic extremist groups operating in the United States or anything critical related to Islamic extremists.
“Are we supposed to understand that the military is pro-jihad, pro-sharia,” she wondered. “What is any Army Value? Is sharia an Army value?”
Geller said the email “speaks to a much deeper problem.”
“There have been more than 20,000 deadly jihadist attacks since 9-11,” she said. “Saying that – is not hate speech. But this is the era we are living in. Truth is the new hate speech.”
Bob Dane, a spokesman for FAIR told Fox News it was unsettling that his organization was on the Army’s list.
“They are using inaccurate and highly partisan information,” he said. “This is absolutely outrageous.”
Dane noted that FAIR has testified on Capitol Hill more than any other immigration group in the nation. They’ve also been featured in The New York Times and NPR.
“We have a longstanding abiding policy of never advocating any immigration policy that promotes discrimination,” he said.
Dane said he believes the Army is using material gleaned from the Southern Poverty Law Center – a group with ties to the radical left.
“If the lieutenant colonel is using it then it’s been sourced by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” he said.
Dane said FAIR is not a hate group.
“Where does this stop,” he asked. “Where does this end?”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned by the contents of the email.
“It’s very disturbing to see where the Obama Administration is taking the military and using it as a laboratory for social experimentation — and also as an instrument to fundamentally change the culture,” he said. “The message is very clear – if you are a Christian who believes in the Bible, who believes in transcendent truth, there is no place for you in the military.”
The Army denied there is any attack on Christians or those who hold religious beliefs.
“The notion that the Army is taking an anti-religion or anti-Christian stance is contrary to any of our policies, doctrines and regulations,” said George Wright, Army spokesman at the Pentagon. “Any belief that the Army is out to label religious groups in a negative manner is without warrant.”
Wright said they are checking into the origin of the email. At this point it’s unclear who ordered the email to be sent and why.