Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) recently told the American Family Association (AFA) that he doesn’t believe that President Obama is a Christian because he will not agree to discriminate against gays.
Speaking to the organization’s website OneNewsNow Palazzo said,
“Basically I don’t believe [President Obama] shares the same Christian faith that we do because he’s allowing his minions, his political appointees to do this. I mean he’s repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the military. It was a policy that was working.”
Of course the statement is false and the Congressman is certainly aware of it. Congress repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” the President merely approved it, he did not have the authority to repeal it by fiat.
The remarks were made in reference to a recent briefing at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, an Army base in the Congressman’s district during which the AFA was named as a domestic hate group. Palazzo apparently sees this as an attack on Christianity as a whole, and not the anti gay stance of the group.
He went on to say,
“I do believe there’s an agenda out to make America secular and to ridicule and demagogue great groups such as AFA, which is all about the family, all about Christian principles, so we’re not going to stand idly by and allow… the Army or other groups to attack such a great organization.”
The AFA, while claiming to be a religious organization advocating “traditional” family values was founded by Donald Wildmon, a United Methodist minister who has waged a campaign of censorship and intolerance for anything that does not comport with his particular flavor of “Christianity” for over 40 years. He is well known for presenting “news” reports of attacks on Christianity which are always so vague as to make it impossible to refute or verify them.
The AFA is also the organization for which the well known advocate for discrimination against gays and Muslims Bryan Fischer is the executive director. Fischer has referred to gay sex as “domestic terrorism” and said that Muslims are stupid and violent due to inbreeding and should all be deported. Those Muslims who are natural born citizens and not eligible for deportation should, according to Fischer be barred from serving in the military.
This is the group that Representative Palazzo calls a “such a great organization.” This alone calls into question the Congressman’s fitness to serve in the capacity of a legislator in our government.
h/t: Opposing Views