Mea Culpa: Army Withdraws 'Hate Group' Label

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The U.S. Army issued a correction to a National Guard training camp after a recent briefing labeled a Christian group a hate group.

The incident took place at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The briefing included a slide presentation in which the American Family Association was listed with groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Panthers.

But the Clarion-Ledger reports an Army investigation revealed that the soldier conducting the briefing had not thoroughly researched the AFA when he lumped it with actual hate groups.

Army spokesman Troy Rolan issued the correction.

"The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or doctrine," Rolan told the Clarion-Ledger by email. "It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing, which included info acquired from an Internet search."

As CBN News has reported, this trend started earlier this year when the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center labeled numerous Christian organizations as hate groups.

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