Family Research Council Misrepresents Our Military

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After adopting military cast-off and anti-Muslim crusader retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, the Family Research Council is taking special interest in publishing their own special spin on military policy. They recently published a list of offenses against Christianity and their own FRC. But, not surprisingly, they got some facts wrong. Unlike their own list which has no references at all and expects a simple faith-based acceptance of their claims, you’ll find below short references to confirm the stories for yourself.

Of the 15 points most are false, a few are differences of opinion about military policy, and precious few are real and appropriate restrictions on the rampant proselytism going on in our military. No one is out to get the religious freedoms of Christians or other god-beliefs (nontheistic beliefs aren’t so fortunate), but what FRC seems to be seeking the special privilege to spread anti-gay, anti-choice, political and exclusively fundamentalist Christian beliefs using our military and on the backs of our military men and women. I hope we can see other Christians stepping up to denounce this rhetoric and set the record straight.

From the alarmist FRC call to action, with MAAF response and references in quotes:

“The aggressive anti-Christian actions of the Obama administration are real, documented and escalating. We must STOP anti-Christian actions like these:
1. January 2010 — Department of Defense orders removal of tiny Bible references on military scopes and gunsights.

True and appropriate. Unfortunately not enforced. Many evangelical Bible versus were on rifles just last month.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trijicon_biblical_verses_controversy

2. June 2011 — The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burials at National Cemetery.

False. One VA director told volunteers they couldn’t insert their religion into other people’s funerals. VA relented for the most part. Policy is not enforced.

http://militaryatheists.org/news/2011/07/religious-groups-criticize-houston-va-for-respecting-families-wishes/

http://militaryatheists.org/news/2011/09/arlington-cemetery-confirms-secular-policy/

3. August 2011 — The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory because it is based on a philosophy of St. Augustine.

False. Explicitly religious-based war theory rejected in favor of just Just War theory.
http://gizmodo.com/5826972/what-is-the-air-forces-jesus-loves-nukes-nuclear-missile-program

Written By: Jason Torpy
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  1. Very, very sinister. If you control the army, you control the state, particularly in a country where the body politic seems incapable of tackling any of the issues which are tearing society apart. The widest economic inequality in the world, racial division, almost static social mobility, the highest rate of executions in the world, two million people in jail, a congress which won’t pass anything sensible into law, media obsessed with petty scandals and celebrity, a minimum wage that wouldn’t feed a cat, no health service and a huge military which can’t win wars.

    • In reply to #2 by Kevin Murrell:

      Very, very sinister. If you control the army, you control the state, particularly in a country where the body politic seems incapable of tackling any of the issues which are tearing society apart. The widest economic inequality in the world, racial division, almost static social mobility, the highe…

      Lets not forget the shittiest infrastructure in the devoloped world, corporations/banks that act as de facto government, and lobbies that can override ~90% majorities with ease.

      • In reply to #3 by Cosine Stdioh:

        In reply to #2 by Kevin Murrell:

        Very, very sinister. If you control the army, you control the state, particularly in a country where the body politic seems incapable of tackling any of the issues which are tearing society apart. The widest economic inequality in the world, racial division, almost…

        PS Sorry…. I forgot to mention gun control…

  2. The Truth Fairy will make it righteous and true. (The Truth Fairy is closely related to and firmly allied with the Confidence Fairy.

    “(13) Obama announces the opposition to a provision in the 2013 NDAA protecting the rights of conscience for military chaplains. False. He did ‘oppose’ it, but he also signed it into legislation.” :D
    Yet another instance of a long established pathological (because it hurts others) character flaw often revealed in relation to male authority figures in political opposition to him…

    The Obama Maxim: Oppose your enemy in principle but enable him in practice. Support your ally in principle but subvert him in practice.

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