A Christian ministry sees the progressive motive in being called a "hate group" during a congressional hearing.
In September, the Oversight Subcommittee of the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee called for stripping away the legal tax-exempt status of the American Family Association (AFA) and some 60 other groups they deemed "hate groups." The committee tweeted out a quote from AFA: "Homosexuality is a poor and dangerous choice and has been proven to lead to a litany of health hazards to not only the individuals, but also society as a whole."
AFA Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano says the statement is not meant to be hateful; it is merely factual.
"What the House Ways and Means Committee did was call anyone who holds to a biblical view of human sexuality, marriage, and family a hate group. So it's one way of demonizing Christians and Christian groups," he asserts.
The tweet from the Ways and Means Committee continued, "These remarks are vile and only work to perpetuate hate crimes and stir division. There is no reason the U.S. government should continue to subsidize groups like these."
"Their threat, and it wasn't even an implied threat, that they wanted to strip groups like American Family Association of our tax-exempt status – we believe they would do that if they thought they could," Vitagliano says.
He adds that this is an example of the progressive threat that exists in the country.
"It is a secular movement that is rooted in Marxism and we believe poses an existential threat to Christianity and to Christian groups like ours," the executive submits.
Vitagliano has written The Progressive Threat to the American Republic -- a booklet on that topic.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.