Thursday, April 11, 2013

Toward Religious persecution in the USA

The military has been in the forefront of many cultural changes.  But this is not because it was organic (bottom up).  But because it was decreed from the top down.  This has been good for the military.  For instance, integration of the military started early on. Smoking now is considered a no-no.  Now the military is pro-gay.

And this is an important distinction.  Not just open to gays, but PRO-GAY. And the group that suffers because of this?  Anyone who disagrees.  And it isn't just a case of, well, we will agree to disagree.  But true to form, those that disagree have become the ENEMY.

And what group is more likely to disagree?  Most likely Christians, in general.  But I think most Christians would agree with me that even though they have a personal belief that homosexuality is wrong, it doesn't mean we can't love them, be friends with them and deal with them as we would deal with any other fellow sinner in this world.  There is nothing in Christian doctrine that says we can't dine with them, enjoy their company or anything.  In fact, we are given the example of Christ to be our guidepost on this.

But we're talking about the military here.  And it was quite clear to me that there would be a clash of ideas - and I'm not even talking about whether or not gays should or should not be allowed in the military.  At the time I just couldn't figure out how to verbalize what I just said.  But clash is a good word to use here.  But this isn't just any clash.  This is one where the military has now SOUGHT OUT the clash.

Which brings us to where we are.
There have been several incidents that hint at a disturbing policy change within the Pentagon. They include a war games scenario in which evangelical Christian groups were identified as threats, the 2009 Homeland Security memo that warned evangelicals and veterans may be threats to national security, a West Point study linking pro-life advocates to terrorism (while omitting eco-terrorists), and many others. The length of LTC Rich’s 14-page email suggests that it represents a significant service-wide policy. Why would an officer draft such an extensive document, if he did not believe that it represented the Army’s views and would help him earn promotion? If Rich does not share the view that mainstream Christian groups are extremists, then he should have adhered to the Army’s sixth core value, integrity, and its seventh core value, personal courage, and resisted broadcasting that view to his subordinates.

Next stop: Permitted and State sanctioned bigotry.  After that, outright exclusion.  After that, violence.  Finally, persecution.

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