I couldn’t believe this crap when I heard it, either…
First, an Air Force Chaplain saw the “God Created a Farmer” video that aired during the Super Bowl this past February, and thought it needed a tweak in honor of Air Force First Sergeants. The Air Force disagreed:
The tribute was created by a chaplain at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The chaplain wrote a poem titled, “God Created A First Sergeant.” It was later adapted into a video with a narration. First Sergeants are senior non-commissioned officers who look after enlisted members.
The video was modeled after the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial titled, “God Created A Farmer.”
“On the eighth day, God looked down on His creation and said, ‘I need someone who will take care of the Airmen,’” the tribute read. “So God created a First Sergeant.”
Chaplain leadership at the base signed off on the project as well as other base officials and earlier this week the video was posted on YouTube. But it was soon taken down after other officers objected.
“Proliferation of religion is not allowed in the Air Force or military,” wrote the chief of the Air Force News Service Division in an email obtained by Fox News. “How would an Agnostic, Atheist or Muslim serving in the military take this video?”
“I would not recommend using this at all,” the chief wrote.
He also took issue with the wording of the video, according to the emails.
“The choice of ‘On the Eighth day’ verbiage to begin this video is highly suggestive from the book of Genesis in the Bible and has Christian overtones,” he wrote.
An Air Force spokesperson told Fox News the video was removed for a legal review.
“The Air Force removed the ‘God Created a First Sergeant’ video from the official Joint Base McGuire Dix YouTube site to evaluate whether it is consistent with official Air Force guidance, to include whether it meets official guidance governing religious neutrality in the Air Force as prescribed in Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Culture,” spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement.
So does the military now believe their Chaplain corps must be a generic, non-denominational shell, expressing belief in nothing in order to preserve morale and good order?
What. The. Hell.
Next I find that if you’re a Conservative and a Christian, even your choice of reading material belongs behind closed doors:
Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today’s military.
“It seems like with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – that the Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet – for fear of retaliation and reprisals,” Sommers told Fox News. “Christians feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide.”
Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.
“There’s no question about it,“ Wells told Fox News. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”
Lt. Col. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon released a statement to Fox News noting that the military branch cannot comment on ongoing investigations or administrative actions.
“With respect to the political activities, soldiers are expected to carry out their obligations as citizens in accordance with applicable regulations,” Platt said.
Army documents obtained by Fox News indicate Sommers was told that his actions bordered on being disrespectful to President Obama and the “slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”
“You should strive to express your opinion while being aware of the overall ramifications of your statements,” the Army noted.
Sommers’ troubles began last April when he was told to remove pro-Republican, anti-Obama bumper stickers that were on his privately owned car.
The stickers read: “Political Dissent is NOT Racism,” “NOBAMA,” NOPE2012” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with Ass-Fault.” That sticker included the image of a donkey.
His superior officer told the solider that the bumper stickers were creating “unnecessary workplace tension.”
“The types of stickers on your car were creating an atmosphere detrimental to morale and were creating unnecessary workplace tension,” the officer wrote in an Army document obtained by Fox News. “A Soldier must balance their personal feelings with the mission of the U.S. Army. Even the slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”
So that book by Mark Levin or Michelle Malkin you bought at the Navy Exchange? Keep it under wraps, the same way you would pornography, lest you “offend” a leftist, a Democrat, or a liberal, and make them the slightest bit uncomfortable on finding out that others may not hold their exact same views.
If you’re in the military, you swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
That said, whether you agree with the Commander in Chief or not, you are bound by contract, your oath, and the UCMJ to follow the orders of that same CinC and all superiors over you. Even if you may believe the chief enemy of the Constitution may be that same CinC elected to be your boss?
Does this mean you can’t disagree with the policies of the CinC and his appointed staff?
Nope. As long as you follow the orders given, I see nothing that could even possibly interfere with your choice of reading material.
So then what? Seeing the book cover makes some dweeb feel “not special”? Guess you have to buy a cover for it.
Bumper stickers on your car a problem, too?
With all the anti-Obama stickers I saw at Port Hueneme Navy Base this last election cycle, that’s a lot of cars that need to have their bumpers covered while on base. I imagine it was the same at most bases around the country. Guessing it won’t be that way when 2016 rolls around?
While in the military, you can:
…believe in whatever deity you want to, as long as nobody sees you do it, unless you’re a Muslim or an Atheist and your faith dictates you have none.
You can read whatever you want, as long as nobody sees you do it.
Finally you can vote whatever way you choose (providing nobody blocks you from receiving an absentee ballot), as long as your choice isn’t made public, unless you support a Democrat.
Remember: “Even the slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.” Unless your superior is a Republican like Bush, I’m guessing.
So, into the closet with you. Don’t come out until after 2016, unless this country votes in another Democrat as Commander in Chief, then I don’t suppose it’ll matter anyway…there may be nothing left of freedom after another 8 years worth of that…
h/t Mark Levin via Right Scoop
Crossposted to Unified Patriots
- US Soldier Told Not to Read Hannity, Limbaugh, Mark Levin In Uniform (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Soldier Told Not to Read Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity in Uniform (patdollard.com)
- Air Force Removes Video That Mentions God (patdollard.com)