Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) recently claimed that President Obama doesn't share the "Christian faith" because the president won't discriminate against gays in the U.S military.
Rep. Palazzo said that President Obama repealed "Don't Ask, Don't," when it was actually the U.S. Senate that voted for the repeal, noted The New York Times, and it was President Obama who later enacted the repeal.
Rep. Palazzo was defending the American Family Association (AFA), which was recently labeled a "hate group" in some U.S. military training materials.
"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," Rep. Palazzo told the AFA's website OneNewsNow. "So we're not going to stand idly by and allow... the Army or other groups to attack such a great organization."
“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,” added Rep. Palazzo. “I mean he’s repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the military. It was a policy that was working.”
According to ReligionDispatches.org, AFA executive director Bryan Fischer has "claimed that inbreeding causes Muslims to be stupid and violent; called for the deportation of Muslims and for banning them from military service; claimed that gay sex is 'domestic terrorism'; called gay adoption a 'terrible, terrible, inexcusable, inhumane thing to do to children'; and claimed that Hitler and his stormtroopers were all gay."
However, Rep. Palazzo made no mention of Fischer's statements.
Nor did Rep. Palazzo attack any U.S. Senator who voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Joint Chiefs of Staff who supported the repeal or former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also supported the repeal.