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Sunday, April 7, 2013

US Army Labels Christians and Catholics as Enemies/Estremists

I hate to parrot what other bloggers are posting but I feel that this is important enough to be mentioned again (and again). You will note in the US Army training material below that American Christians are number one on the list of "enemies" and Catholics aren't far behind. Last I heard, the people at the local church in America (pick your congregation) hasn't flown an airplane into a building. NORTHCOM needs to re-thread the bolts in its neck and think this one over.

This story is an expansion on one that Pamela Geller broke (HERE).
(Fox NewsThe U.S. Army listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.

“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Topping the list is Evangelical Christianity. Other organizations listed included Catholicism, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims, and Nation of Islam. The military also listed “Islamophobia” as a form of religious extremism.
Running down the list of extremists are some groups such as al Qaeda, which are concerning and have a lot of blood on their hands. 

You may recall my blog post, "Are Sovereign Citizens Criminals", where the Department of Homeland Security has now grouped every whacko fringe group of dissatisfied criminals under the heading "Sovereign Citizen" for purposes of its training. Every American has the right to personal sovereignty - it's the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights. But don't rely on DHS to buy into that.

Now Evangelical Christians and Catholics are enemies of the State and are grouped with the Nation of Islam and the KKK. Isn't that special? 

And Islamophobia is considered somehow wrong? America has been at WAR with RADICAL ISLAM since well before 9/11/01. Has the Army forgotten that? What the hell is going on with NORTHCOM?

Update: (Fox NewsAt least a dozen members of Congress have signed a letter demanding the Secretary of the Army rescind and apologize for a briefing that labeled Evangelical Christians and Catholics as religious extremist groups, Fox News has learned. 
“This is astonishing and offensive,” read a draft of the letter written by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “We call on you to rescind this briefing and apologize for its content and set the record straight on the Army’s view on these faith groups by providing a balanced briefing on religious extremism.” 
Lamborn is referring to an Army training session conducted last year that featured a presentation listing Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of extremism – alongside Al Qaeda and Hamas. 
Army spokesman George Wright later said it was an isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army. And the slide, he said, was not produced by the Army nor did it reflect their policy or doctrine. 
“To say that Evangelicals or Catholics are somehow in the same league with Al Qaeda or the KKK is outrageous,” Lamborn told Fox News. He said it appeared the Army was using material gleaned from the Southern Poverty Law Center. 
“I’m amazed that the army would listen to voices of intolerance that would play fast and loose with these kinds of labels,” he told Fox News. “I’m concerned this group has any sway with the Army.” 
The training briefing is just the latest in a number of incidents involving attacks on the Christian faith within the ranks of the military. 
Fox News obtained a copy of an email written by a lieutenant colonel at Fort Campbell identifying the Family Research Council and American Family Association, two prominent Christian ministries, as “domestic hate groups.” Read the email by clicking here.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News he believes there is an anti-Christian movement within the military. 
“There’s been an effort for a long time to marginalize Christianity,” King told Fox News. “I wonder why that is?”
Another Update (Fox News)
A group of Army officers were advised to monitor soldiers who belong to what they considered to be anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration organizations, according to a military email obtained by Fox News.

The email was sent by a lieutenant colonel at Fort Campbell in Kentucky to three dozen subordinates – warning them to be on the lookout for any soldiers who might be members of “domestic hate groups.”   Read the exclusive email by clicking here. 
Among the groups the Army listed as “domestic hate groups” are well-respected organizations the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Atlas Shrugs and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Army listed the groups alongside actual extremist and hate groups like the Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacist groups. 
“When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem,” the email advised. “We need to make sure that we maintain our standards – starting with reception and integration.” 
Pamela Geller, of Atlas Shrugs, told Fox News that the Army’s email was a smear and intellectually dishonest. 
“I don’t promote hate,” she said. “I expose hate speech. The purpose of Atlas Shrugs is to report under-reported stories on daily acts of jihad across the world.” 
Geller said her website opposes jihad and sharia. 
“I think it’s frightening that the US military is targeting patriotic Americans that are fighting for freedom,” she said. “It should serve as a warning to Americans.”

Geller said it was interesting that the Army’s 14-page email did not include a single mention of Islamic extremist groups operating in the United States or anything critical related to Islamic extremists. 
“Are we supposed to understand that the military is pro-jihad, pro-sharia,” she wondered. “What is any Army Value? Is sharia an Army value?” 
Geller said the email “speaks to a much deeper problem.” 
“There have been more than 20,000 deadly jihadist attacks since 9-11,” she said. “Saying that – is not hate speech. But this is the era we are living in. Truth is the new hate speech.”
Bob Dane, a spokesman for FAIR told Fox News it was unsettling that his organization was on the Army’s list. 
“They are using inaccurate and highly partisan information,” he said. “This is absolutely outrageous.” 
Dane noted that FAIR has testified on Capitol Hill more than any other immigration group in the nation. They’ve also been featured in The New York Times and NPR. “We have a longstanding abiding policy of never advocating any immigration policy that promotes discrimination,” he said.
Dane said he believes the Army is using material gleaned from the Southern Poverty Law Center – a group with ties to the radical left. “If the lieutenant colonel is using it then it’s been sourced by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” he said. 
Dane said FAIR is not a hate group. 
“Where does this stop,” he asked. “Where does this end?” 
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned by the contents of the email. 
“It’s very disturbing to see where the Obama Administration is taking the military and using it as a laboratory for social experimentation — and also as an instrument to fundamentally change the culture,” he said. “The message is very clear – if you are a Christian who believes in the Bible, who believes in transcendent truth, there is no place for you in the military.” 
The Army denied there is any attack on Christians or those who hold religious beliefs.
“The notion that the Army is taking an anti-religion or anti-Christian stance is contrary to any of our policies, doctrines and regulations,” said George Wright, Army spokesman at the Pentagon. “Any belief that the Army is out to label religious groups in a negative manner is without warrant.” 
Wright said they are checking into the origin of the email. At this point it’s unclear who ordered the email to be sent and why.

Future of the US Navy (a rant)

Please allow me to put on my retired US Naval Officer persona for a moment and express an opinion that nobody will read - but I need to get it off my chest.

  • 80% of all commerce travels by water.
  • In America the average meal travels 1,500 miles to get from the point of production to the dinner table. Increasingly that production will travel by ship.
  • Most of the oil that we burn to make the nation viable travels by water to get from the point of production to the point of refining to the point of consumption.
  • We don't have any 'enemies' in this hemisphere, which means that they have to travel to get to us and the other way around. You can only lift so much by air. Most heavy war materials still travel by water.

The US is broke despite what you see around you. One in six Americans live below the poverty line. One in six Americans collects food stamps from the government. The hope and change was a bad joke foisted on the vulnerable and the greedy, both of whom found it hopeful to pick somebody else's pocket for their own gain. Sadly, that's not how the world works and it's not how wealth is created.

The US must build more US Naval ships and even the defense averse Obama Administration which would rather buy votes than ships, grudgingly accepts that. One of the problems with the current batch of admirals is that the litmus test for the second star and beyond is one of political correctness. Are you a Democrat? If the answer is yes, you get the star(s). If no, be content with the silver eagle or maybe one lonely star.

Who is planning for our naval future? The Obama Admirals. It doesn't mean that they're all hopelessly incompetent. It simply means that the don't want to buck the system in the slightest degree. There are no George Pattons or Bull Halseys among them.

This is the overarching plan that began with the Bush Administration (it takes a long time to build a fleet). 
  • a destroyer called the DD(X)—later redesignated DDG-1000—for the precision long-range strike and naval gunfire mission, 
  • a cruiser called the CG(X) for the AAW and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission, and 
  • a smaller combatant called the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to counter submarines, small surface attack craft, and mines in heavily contested littoral (near-shore) areas.
The only one of these ships to be built is the Littoral Combat ship, which is worthless against
USS Gravely DDG 107
submarines, the package to attack small surface craft is still under development and it's mine warfare mission consists of having its two helicopters hunting for mines. Which means among many other reasons, while the ship looks impossibly cool, it's a waste of money. The Obama Administration scrapped the CG(X) program. The DDG1000 program was folded into an upgrade of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers (the Flight III Arleigh Burke platforms now under construction [due for completion in 2016] and envisioned for the future with a scaled down version of Air Missile Defense Radar - a follow on to the phased array Spy 1). We're not building many destroyers, but we are building some and that's a good thing. Even though President Obama characterized the Navy as an anachronism during the last campaign, all it takes is a fat little dictator in a tin pot country threatening to light off a nuclear weapon to bring the need for a blue water navy back to the table.

Because we're broke, we need to rethink how we will do business. Most black shoe (surface warfare) admirals think in terms of the past. It's the same thinking that made them believe that the battleships at Pearl Harbor were critical in 1941 when in truth, their day had come and gone before the Japanese sank them.

The US Navy must move now, while we're broke, to transition to Integrated Electric Propulsion power plants for surface combatants and break with the past. There needs to be a continuation of the Arleigh Burke production line because the Obama Administration has allowed the fleet to shrink to a size where it is no longer as effective as it needs to be to protect America's sea lanes and commerce.

The US Navy was forced to buy off on the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightning), which has turned into a vast disappointment because it was required by design to please the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and a host of foreign countries who contributed to its development. This means that the Navy will keep the F-18 production line going into the foreseeable future. There is nothing wrong with the F-18, but it's obsolete in terms of the adversarial aircraft being built in China and elsewhere. It's time to build an aircraft that the Navy genuinely wants rather than one that is forced down their throat.

The US Navy must move now, while we're broke, to imagine light, agile aircraft carriers designed to carry drone aircraft capable of stand-off weapons delivery and BMD. I'm thinking of a CV(L) in the 20,000 ton range that could serve as a platform for a limited number of AV-8 Harriers (restart the assembly line since the F-35B doesn't seem to be a reality) as well as up to 40 drone aircraft.

Ok, my rant is over.