In Obama’s America “Army Values” Don’t Tolerate Christian Views on Marriage (Updated)

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A few days ago, I reported on the shocking story about the Army instructor in Pennsylvania who labeled Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Orthodox Jews and Mormons “religious extremists” alongside Hamas and al Qaeda during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. An Army spokesman told Todd Starnes of Fox News that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

Well it was assuredly not an isolated incident.

Today, Todd Starnes reported at Townhall that an Army officer at Ft. Campbell, KY  sent an email to subordinates using similar descriptions to describe two mainstream Christian ministries that were put in the same category as Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.

A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups” because they oppose homosexuality — and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups.

“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values,” read an email from LTC Jack Rich to three dozen subordinates at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. “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.”

So— one has to wonder what “Army Values” are in Obama’s America? We know what they aren’t are:  traditional, conservative, Christian values. Like our parents and our parents’ parents had.  Those yucky, old-fashioned  “extremist” values are being drummed out of  our heads – whether it be in the public schools, throughout civil society and now even in the military – a  devout faith in secular humanism is not only strongly suggested – it’s aggressively  forced down everyone’s throats.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was disturbed 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.”

When Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty asked the Army instructor who conducted the briefing on religious extremism, where she got her information, he was told it was the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This latest Army email has all the markings of SPLC anti-Christian propaganda.

Last November, they came out with a report labeling the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association and other family advocates as “hate” groups because of their stand on marriage.

The National Prayer Network reported that the SPLC’s 10-page attack was distributed to police officers all across America.

Called 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda, it encourages police to especially watch the hateful, violence-inciting propaganda from Christian/conservative “watchdog” organizations. These include the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Coral Ridge Ministries, Liberty Council, and Traditional Values Coalition.

According to Dr. Gary Cass, who is affiliated with the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, “To say that anybody who has a principled objection to homosexuality [and warns of] the impact that that sinful lifestyle has on individuals and on society is somehow morally equivalent to overt racism and violence is absolutely defamatory.”

According to emails obtained by Judicial Watch, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. has worked closely with the SPLC, even inviting co-founder Morris Dees to appear as the featured speaker at a July 31, 2012, “Diversity Training Event” sponsored by the Civil Rights and Tax divisions of the DOJ, for which employees who were instructed qualified “for mandatory annual diversity training for supervisors.”

The demonization of the Christian right has apparently now spread to the US Army.

Perkins, a Marine Corps veteran, said it’s clear that “Army Values” have indeed changed.

“And it’s the values of Evangelicals and Catholics,” Perkins said. “It’s not the values of the vast majority of those serving in our nation’s military. I think it’s the values of this administration trying to superimpose upon our military.”

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, now an executive vice president of the FRC, told Fox News that all Americans should be concerned about the contents of the email.

“If this is the action of a single Army lieutenant colonel, it needs to be investigated,” he said. “On the other hand, if what he reflects is a shifting policy or attitude of the Army or DOD, then I think it is a much bigger issue.”

Boykin served more than 36 years in the military before retiring in 2007. Since 2008 he said he’s seen withering attacks on religious liberty.

Among the incidents:

-A War Games scenario at Fort Leavenworth that identified Christian groups and Evangelical groups as being potential threats;

-A 2009 Dept. of Homeland Security memorandum that identified future threats to national security coming from Evangelicals and pro-life groups;

-A West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that linked pro-lifers to terrorism;

-Evangelical leader Franklin Graham was disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service because of his comments about Islam;

-Christian prayers were banned at the funeral services for veterans at Houston’s National Cemetery;

-Bibles were banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;

-Christian crosses and a steeple were removed from a chapel in Afghanistan because the military said the icons disrespected other religions;

-Catholic chaplains were told not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop related to Obamacare mandates. The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.

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Crews said the military is getting their information on domestic hate groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center. And the email written by the lieutenant colonel referenced the organization.

“This is disturbing that the military would use this list composed by the Southern Poverty Law Center when these organizations that are highly esteemed and respected in the evangelical community,” he said.

The Chaplain Alliance filed a Freedom of Information Act request – asking if the SPLC list had been widely distributed in the military or if had been used in a formal manner.

The response they got from the Dept. of Defense left Crews troubled.

“They told us they had no record of the SPLC list being used,” he said – even though the email clearly proves otherwise.

So they’re lying – as all leftists do. Crews said what we’re seeing is part of a disturbing trend:  “We believe it is more widespread than the military is acknowledging. We keep getting calls from military personnel telling us of their issues.”

It should be noted that the anti-Christian propaganda found on the SPLC website incited Floyd Lee Corkins to attempt a mass shooting at the Family Research Council, last August.

There needs to be a House investigation on this anti-Christian poison that is being pushed on Americans throughout law enforcement and the military. These aren’t isolated incidents and it needs to be nipped in the bud, before it becomes more pervasive.

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Personal Liberty Digest:  DHS Suggests Christians, Constitutionalists Should Get Extra Surveillance From LEOs:

In a letter to a conservative blogger, Prowers County (Colo.) Undersheriff Ron Trowbridge revealed what he learned during a recent training course conducted by Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper Joe Kluczynski, a CSP analyst for the Colorado Information Analysis Center, (CIAC). CIAC is funded by DHS and run by the CSP, and the training materials Kluczynski used came from DHS.

Here is the letter, unedited and in its entirety:

On April 1, 2013 I attended training in La Junta, Colorado hosted by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).  The training was from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and covered two topics, Sovereign Citizens, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.  I was pretty familiar with motorcycle gangs but since we often deal with the so-called sovereign citizen groups I was interested to see what they had to say.  The group consisted of police officers, deputies, and CSP troopers.  There were about 20 people in attendance.

Trooper Joe Kluczynski taught a 2-hour section on sovereign citizens.  Kluczynski spent most of his two hours focusing on how, in his view and apparently the view of Homeland Security, people turn to the sovereign citizen movement.  Kluczynski started off by saying there are probably some sovereign citizens in this room and gave a generalized list of those groups that have sovereign citizen views.  Among those groups, Kluczynski had listed, were those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and “fundamentalists”.  Kluczynski did not explain what he meant by “fundamentalists” but from the context it was clear he was referring again to those who took the Bible literally or “too seriously.”

While Kluczynski emphasized that sovereign citizens have a right to their beliefs, he was clearly teaching that the groups he had listed should be watched by law enforcement and should be treated with caution because of their potential to assault law enforcement.  Kluczynski explained why he believed these groups were dangerous saying they were angry over the election of a black president.  When someone in the group suggested the failing economy was probably much more to blame, Kluczynski intimated that those who are not going along with the changes in America will need to be controlled by law enforcement.  Kluczynski even later questioned some of the troopers present if they were willing and prepared to confiscate “illegal” weapons if ordered to.

Kluczynski’s assignment with the CSP was an Analyst for the Colorado Information Analysis Center, (CIAC).  CIAC is funded by Homeland Security funds and run by the CSP.  Kluczynski said he gets his information from the Department of Homeland Security.  Kluczynski said he was leaving the CSP at the end of that week (March 29, 2013) to begin his new career with Homeland Security.  I thought he was perfect for the job.

Ron Trowbridge
Undersheriff
Prowers County Sheriff’s Office
April 5, 2013

Trowbridge’s boss, Sheriff Jim Faull, issued a news release Monday suggesting CSP suspend and re-evaluate the training program, because: “When an instructor with a state law enforcement agency is teaching their (sic) own employees and other law enforcement agencies that bible (sic) believing citizens and those that do not agree with current political trends are dangerous and should be under the scrutiny of law enforcement, then that agency needs to make some fundamental changes with that particular course.”

UPDATE: 

The Conversation:  Lawmakers Demand Apology From Army For Anti-Christian Briefing:

Fox News obtained a draft of the letter, reported Todd Starnes at Townhall:

“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.”

Previously:

SHOCK: ARMY INSTRUCTOR LABELS CATHOLICS, EVANGELICALS, MORMONS AND JEWS ‘RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS’

Maybe it’s Time to Call The Southern Poverty Law Center a Hate Group

OH Natl. Guard Reacts to 2nd Amendment “Domestic Terrorists” in Mock Disaster Drill

Shock Claim: New Obama Litmus Test For Military Leaders: They Must Be Willing to Fire On US Citizens – UPDATE: Jim Garrow a Flake? UPDATE II: Garrow Interviewed

Frank Gaffney: Is North Korea Planning to Launch EMP Attack? (Video)

Frank Gaffney of The Center for Security Policy appeared on CNBC’s Kudlow Report, last night, to discuss North Korea.

Amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, the North Korean government told foreign governments to leave South Korean territory for their safety. Today, Kim Jong Un’s government may launch missiles in a provocative test. Gaffney points out that Obama’s actions and rhetoric toward American nuclear disarmament is dangerous, and has contributed to North Korea’s aggressiveness. In addition, what’s the possibility of North Korea’s use of Electromagnetic Pulse attack?

Gaffney noted that one of the things he was most concerned about was the missile the Norks launched back in December that put a small satellite up into space and has a track that’s going to put it over the United States over the next week. This satellite, Gaffney worried, could be an EMP weapon, acquired from Russia, that they could decide to detonate over the United States’ electrical grid.

Obama’s New “Budget”: “The Definition of Insanity” (Video)

Well, today is the big day!

Obama finally released the annual budget proposal he was supposed to release back in February.

Despite never balancing or dealing with our long-term deficit problems, the President’s proposal today also contains more than $1 trillion in new tax hikes!

Video via HouseConference

Via Townhall Tipsheet, here are a few things to expect in Obama’s budget:

Obama will try to undo sequestration cuts – but may try to preserve some of them on the national defense side of the ledger. The Heritage Foundation writes that the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the President’s defense requests, and that while they may be more than what would be permitted by sequestration, they’ll be significantly lower than what would have happened if all of the sequestration cuts were undone.

Even President Obama doesn’t think his budget will be a useful starting point for actual budget negotiations.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told MarketWatch that the President’s budget is not a “starting point” for negotiations. In fact, the Administration seems to believe that President Obama’s ideal budget is actually some kind of compromise, and that Republicans who might try to “take it apart” would be foolish. Apparently, this is supposed to be an all or nothing proposal.

Official budgeting numbers are not to be believed. Cato’s William Poole writes in the Wall Street Journal that, due to scores of programs that are technically “temporary,” the official budget baseline is out of whack. To supplement that, the official budgeting process scores a slow-down in projected growth as a “cut.” To be fair, Republicans certainly claim “cuts” when they just mean “slower growth” – the Paul Ryan budget, for all that it’s been savaged by some in the media, actually grows the spending in key categories like Medicare and Medicaid.

Left-wingers are claiming to hate the Obama budget. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called some of President Obama’s proposals “misguided.” Co-Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Raul Grijalva called some of the policies a “nonstarter.” The executive director of MoveOn.org called parts of the budget proposal “unconscionable.” Either these left-wingers genuinely dislike the budget or they’re politically-aware enough to be setting the President up as “triangulating” between Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Regardless, while there may be aspects of President Obama’s budget they won’t like, it’ll be hard to imagine these progressives disliking some of the tax increases that Obama will bring to the table.

Mark Levin: “There Are No Up-or-Down Votes on the Constitution!” (Video)

Mark Levin spent a good portion of his show, Tuesday combatting the notion that  the Second Amendment is not under attack as Senators prepare to vote on the Democrat’s (as yet unseen) gun control package on Thursday.

He argued that the federal government does not have the power to propose any law that abridges or constricts the Second Amendment of the United States.

“The 2nd Amendment like the rest of the bill of rights is part of the constitution”, he explained. “It exists as protection against usurpation by against the very congress that is now debating its very existence! The 2nd Amendment belongs to you and me! ….Like the rest of the Constitution. It’s not up for grabs! Is the Senate holding a Constitutional Convention?!”

He went on to say, “it’s important to realize that this Thursday, the Senate intends to vote on changing the 2nd Amendment without any pretense of going through the constitutional Amendment processes. The Senate is meeting as if its a Constitutional Convention and it can do whatever it damn well wants to do!”

An up or down vote on 2nd Amendment is unconstitutional,” Levin fumed. “There are no up or down votes on the Constitution!”

“On top of that, we have no idea what specific law is even being proposed”, he continued. “It’s Tuesday evening. We have no idea what they’re going to debate on Thursday. And yet, you have Democrats of course, and Republicans as well, insisting that we pass this law or that law without the benefit of a single hearing. Without the benefit of public notice of any kind. This is not ‘little r republicanism!’ He thundered,  “this is Democratic tyranny!”

Ted Cruz was a guest on the show, yesterday. He said “we should stand together and defend the Bill of Rights.”

UPDATE:

Market Ticker: Go To Hell Harry Reid and Dianne Feinswine:

This bill goes far further and effectively bans lawful gun retailing!

I wondered why they were talking about “Straw Purchasers” in their news releases when straw purchasing is already illegal and exposes the person who does so to severe criminal penalties.

The reason is that now they intend to steal all property involved in the straw purchase even for an unaware participant — such as a gun store where a straw purchase takes place!

‘(a)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of section 932 or 933 shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law–
‘(A) any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of such violation; and
‘(B) any of the person’s property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, such violation.

Note the language. Not only will this be construed to steal the house, vehicle and other property of both the straw purchaser and the ultimate recipient as-written it can and probably will also be construed to attack a retailer who has an employee that is involved in such a transaction. 

If you didn’t understand Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell’s filibuster intent (along with others) you should now understand it quite-clearly.  Not only is there an attempt to define the victims of a crime as federal felons in this piece of blatantly unconstitutional trash but in addition there is a thinly-veiled attack upon lawful firearms retailers in the form of forfeiture provisions that can be (and presumably will be) easily abused to seize property upon the flimsiest of pretext.