Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Court-Martialed For Christ? 

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. 

"On My Honor" 

As you know, the Boy Scouts of America has been a top target of the militant homosexual rights movement for many years. The constant campaign of harassment and intimidation has led to the loss of corporate donations and even legislation seeking to punish the Scouts. As a result, the BSA is in the process of caving in to the radical left's demands. 

There is a grassroots effort to push back. OnMyHonor.Net is planning rallies around the country outside of BSA offices later this month in support of the Scouts' traditional values. This Sunday, May 5th, it is hosting an online webcast called "Stand With Scouts Sunday." 

I am happy to join with Family Research Council, OnMyHonor.Net and others in promoting these opportunities for men and women of faith to speak up in support of the Boy Scouts of America. Click hereto learn more about the "Stand With Scouts Sunday" webcast. Click here to learn more about OnMyHonor.Net. 

Pray For America 

Today is the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This year's theme is "Pray For America." It is a good time to remind ourselves of one of our nation's founding principles -- that our liberty comes from God, not government. If anyone is confused by that, check out the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

Many thanks to my dear friend Shirley Dobson for the tremendous work she has done over the years in leading this event at the National Day of Prayer Task Force! 

There are events all across the country today and on Capitol Hill, but nothing at the White House marking the event. George W. Bush hosted National Day of Prayer events at the White House every year of his administration. President Obama canceled that tradition. This morning he left for Mexico. 

"Bottoms Up, Lame Duck" 

Washington is still buzzing about Barack Obama's bizarre press conference Monday. When asked if he "still [had] the juice" to get his agenda through Congress, Obama offered a meandering response that confused many pundits and commentators. 

"In Charge, But Not In Control," is how one Time blogger described Obama's response. One of the best reactions came from liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who wrote "Bottoms Up, Lame Duck." 

Dowd blasted Obama for his lack of leadership, writing, "He still thinks he'll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below." 

Dowd is on to something. When Harry Reid once complimented Obama on one of his speeches, Obama replied, "I have a gift, Harry." Obama is really good at campaigning and speech-making, but the former community organizer is not so good at governing. 

From day one he has expressed his frustration with the limits of our system of checks and balances. During an interview with Matt Lauer last year, Obama said, "Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes." 

At his press conference this week, we heard that theme again. Obama complained about the filibuster, and said that it wasn't his job to make Congress "behave," or do what he wants. He just doesn't seem to get that this isn't Venezuela. Somehow Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton managed to work with Tip O'Neill and Newt Gingrich. 

Members of Congress should not just rollover and play the role of Obama's lapdogs. When it comes to fundamental principles, it is the job of the opposition party to make sure he doesn't have any "juice" left in his effort to rip America away from its moorings of free speech, freedom of religion and free markets.