[UPDATED] USAF Vet Forcibly Removed from Flag-Folding Ceremony for Mentioning God
During the course of an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism in 2013, evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the Church of Latter Day Saints were listed among Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims, and the Nation of Islam as examples of religious extremism. Oddly enough, “Islamophobia” was also listed as a form of religious extremism, and the Westboro Baptist Church was excluded altogether by the instructor, who said she got her information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A soldier who attended the briefing said “there was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”
An LEO training session in La Junta, Colorado, in April of 2013, which was hosted by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), painted Bible-believing Christians as serious threats to national security. While the training focused on sovereign citizens and outlaw motorcycle gangs, also on the agenda was the subject of Christians who believe the U.S. was founded on godly principles and who interpret the Bible literally. The trooper who conducted the training said he got his training materials from the DHS.
A former DHS employee told Fox News last December that a year into his investigation into a terrorist group (linked to the San Bernardino terrorists), DHS shut the case down because the employee had been unfairly "profiling" Islamists.
It's probably impossible to calculate how many people Obama's politically correct, left-wing ideology has killed, but the death toll of terrorism around the globe has jumped nearly 800 percent in the past five years, according to an exhaustive report from the nonprofit Investigative Project on Terrorism.
UPDATE: A spokesman from the reserve said that the confrontation stemmed from “an unplanned participation” at the event.
"Rodriguez ignored numerous requests to respect the Air Force prescribed ceremony and unfortunately was forcibly removed," a Travis official said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
According to an official with the United States Air Force, flag-folding scripts that are religious in nature can be used for retirement ceremonies.
"I can't speak to the specific incident," Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman, told Fox News. "[But] Air Force personnel may use a flag folding ceremony script that is religious for retirement ceremonies."
"Since retirement ceremonies are personal in nature, the script preference for a flag folding ceremony is at the discretion of the individual being honored and represents the member's views, not those of the Air Force."
Rodriguez was using an old version of the "Flag Folding Ceremony Air Force Script," which was scrubbed in 2006 because of religious references. That is what supposedly prompted his ouster. (But as the AF spokeswoman said, the older version was still permitted during retirement ceremonies.)