Posted on | October 27, 2013 | 91 Comments
Obviously, we must beware of those Lutheran extremists:
Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has launched an investigation into the incident.
“The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and Tea Party members are enemies of America, and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” said Berry, a former Marine Corps JAG officer.
“These statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious charge.” . . .
[W]hile a large portion of the briefing dealt with the threat evangelicals and the Tea Party pose to the nation, barely a word was said about Islamic extremism, the soldier said.
“Our community is still healing from the act of terrorism brought on by Nidal Hasan – who really is a terrorist,” the soldier said. “This is a slap in the face.“ . . .
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, tells me the Pentagon is pushing anti-Christian propaganda.
“On the very base that was the site of mass murder carried out by a radicalized Muslim soldier, it is astonishing that it is evangelical groups that are being identified as a ‘threat,’” he said. “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel must immediately intervene to stop this march against the rights and freedom of our soldiers.”
The soldier said they were also told that the pro-life movement is another example of “radicalization.”
“They said that evangelical Christians protesting abortions are the mobilization stage and that leads to the bombing of abortion clinics,” he said, recalling the discussion.
The name of the Department of Defense official who gave this briefing should immediately be made public. This report from Fort Hood resembled an earlier report from Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where the American Family Association was also singled out:
Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.
The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
In other words, now that Obama has ended “Don’t Ask, “Don’t Tell,” all opposition to the radical gay agenda is illegal “hate.” And never mind that, while Army intelligence officers are warning troops about targets from the SPLC’s anti-Christian hate map, it was the leftist pervert Bradley “Chelsea” Manning who betrayed his oath.
This evidence of misguided priorities and the politicization of military training has clear precedents. Recall the 2009 DHS warning about “Rightwing Extremism” — a warning clearly aimed at the Tea Party — and recall, also, how self-described “militia watchdog” Mark Pitcavage wrangled a $2 million “anti-terrorism training” grant from the Clinton-era Justice Department. These actions not only show how Democrat administrations seek to eliminate dissent by categorizing opposition as “hate” and “extremism,” but also show how real dangers are ignored while liberal activists, granted federal funding and federal authority, go chasing after “rightwing” bogeymen.
The $2 million squandered by the Clinton administration to have the idiot Pitcavage teach law enforcement about the supposed dangers of right-wing militias, after all, might better have been spent warning about the dangers of radical Muslims who (unbeknownst to Pitcavage) were in America and training for their 9/11 attack at the same time he was teaching cops to watch out for right-wingers.
If Democrats had any conscience, they would be ashamed of themselves, but they’re Democrats, and thus are incapable of shame.