Gary L. Bauer
This may make you physically sick. Radical secularists are waging a cultural jihad against the U.S. military with the cooperation of the Obama Administration. The same military that is being browbeaten every day to be more friendly to Islam is now under pressure from Obama appointees at the Pentagon to restrict the free exercise of religion by its Christian chaplains.
Here's one example: After the 2009 Fort Hood shooting by jihadist Major Nidal Hasan, Gen. George Casey said, "Our diversity is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." Casey was more worried about politically correct diversity than he was about U.S. troops being shot by a jihadist wearing a U.S. military uniform.
Remember the recent controversy over a draft Army handbook for our troops in Afghanistan? It blamed jihadi violence not on Islamic culture but on our cultural ignorance and advised our soldiers not to offend Islamist sensibilities by "advocating women's rights" or with "any criticism of pedophilia."
Here's another example: After the Boston Marathon bombing, a West Point instructor told his class that he would "bet his life on the Muslims having been behind it like they always are. It's always the Muslims and everyone knows it, and everybody is afraid to say it. Well, I am not."
A complaint was filed with the left-wing Military Religious Freedom Foundation led by Mikey Weinstein.
Weinstein has been filing nuisance lawsuits for years. In normal times, he would be a pimple on the Pentagon, a minor irritation to be periodically lanced. But under this administration, Weinstein and other leftists were brought into the Pentagon for negotiations last month.
Who is the Pentagon turning to for policy making advice? Weinstein wrote a column for The Huffington Post the day after the Boston Marathon bombings. His column was about "bloody monsters," "monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny." He warned about "their rapacious reign of theocratic terror."
If you thought Weinstein was writing about Islamic jihadists you would be wrong. He was referring to "fundamentalist Christian monsters" inside the U.S. military and outside it, groups like ours representing the values of good folks like you!
Weinstein also told the Washington Post that "systematic misogyny, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the military" were "national security threat[s]." To that list, Larry Wilkerson, another of Weinstein's associates at last month's Pentagon meeting, included Christian proselytizing. Weinstein added, "the Pentagon needs to understand it is sedition and treason. It should be punished."
Weinstein and Wilkerson are not shy about what they were demanding. "You need half a dozen court-martials real quick," Wilkerson told the Post. Court-martials for sharing one's faith? Sadly, some officers at the Pentagon seem inclined to agree.
I hope we stop this nonsense and protect the rights of our men and women in uniform. But even if we do, it will take years to clean out the politically correct rot that this administration is imbedding throughout the bureaucracy, including in the armed services that protect us.