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April 10, 2013 - 11:17 am

Last week we reported on the Army EEO briefing that described evangelical Christians and Catholics as “extremists” alongside the likes of the KKK and al Qaeda. That incident occurred in Pennsylvania. Today, Todd Starnes reports that an Army officer at Ft. Campbell, KY sent an email to subordinates using similar descriptions and epithets.

“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.”

Among the groups that LTC Rich says “do not share our Army Values” in his 14-page email are the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.

“The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident gay rights movement,” the officer wrote. “One of those has been defamation.”

The officer accused the “Christian Right” of “engaging in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as ‘perverts” with ‘filthy habits’ who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and ‘convert’ them to gay sex,” he wrote.

Name calling goes both ways in politics. It’s routine for leftists to insult Christians in a variety of ways. The “religious right” is itself meant as an insult now. Apparently that’s fine with Army Values, as those insults are not singled out for criticism.

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.”

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.

These two recent incidents in Pennsylvania and Kentucky suggest that, at least in the Army, values have changed, and officers are being charged with telling their subordinates that millions of peaceful Americans are potential enemies akin to the terrorists that the Obama administration is busily drone killing overseas.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Will we be witnessing a Great Purge of the Military of all professed Christians? As soon as the decision to admit openly gays into the military was made I was afraid something like this would happen. Christians would be branded bigoted and hateful when they have been the biggest supporters of the military.
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It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow at the White House, when President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Servant of God (stage before beatification) Fr Emil Kapaun. Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio has been keeping up with these stories and others (the Army interfered with Army chaplains' sermons during the HHS debate). Cardinal George of Chicago has famously predicted that he'll die peacefully in his bed, but his successor will die in prison, and his successor's successor will die a martyr.
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They have sold their honor for a promotion.
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Perhaps this is the motivation for Obama's Purge of the Generals?
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We need clear strong and constant pushback from the Christian Vet. community. This line of thought (Christians are terrorists) has to be if not completely defeated, must be openly and repeatedly aired. No, it's not our imagination, there are truly people in power who think this way and no longer feel the need to hide it. Extremely dangerous to out society.
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And don't forget the "professor" at West Point who is lecturing cadets on the dangers of the "right wing," which he describes in archaic, dsitorted and slanderous language.

Such policies don't happen overnight. At the very least this "infiltration," if you will, has been going since at least 2009. It is also likely that it started much sooner. Ever since the military became a "jobs program" to help recruitment, rather than having a primarily combat role, the same dysfunctions and social policies that infect the civilian world have entered the military one. Many career military are no longer the center-right, old-style patriots that we associated with the American military. Other security forces, such as police forces around the country, often reflect similar attitudes.
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A number of Generals and Admirals have been forced out in the last few years. Was it because they didn't support the Administration’s view that Christians and conservatives are the greatest danger to "Hope and Change" i.e. socialism and the needs of the collective/the view of the Aristocracy verses the serfs?
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So I take it LTC Jack Rich is a sodomite.
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In the New Age Homosexuality is Honorable, and allowing Homos to openly serve in our military was never about equal rights. It was about destruction of the greatest military the world has ever seen, and it's members were moslty Christian. Homosexuality is reprobate, and those who push poop should never be in leadership positions.

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their database of "terror groups" conveniently ignores CAIR, MSA, La Raza (Mecha) Black Panthers, Code Pinkos, OWS- people who have done actual violent acts already and not just SPLC list-- projected fantasies the left lib DEm Obots have about Xtians. So while I agree KKK may be a threat how many are in USA? There is no comparison by proportionality of threat- and so much purposeful ignoring the real threats- so much effort to demonize tea party without mention of real racist groups. Indoctrination of our soldiers with PC LIES - making TRUTH a HATE CRIME- living in backwards world now- down the rabbit hole- will we ever see the earth's surface again?
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While some Christian denominations are more supportive gay rights than others, I know of no Muslim denominations that are considered "gay friendly". Did the good LTC leave them (Muslims) off the list in error?
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Will we be witnessing a Great Purge of the Military of all professed Christians? As soon as the decision to admit openly gays into the military was made I was afraid something like this would happen. Christians would be branded bigoted and hateful when they have been the biggest supporters of the military.
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