Military funds marriage seminar by Pentecostal fans of Newt Gingrich

Fort George G. Meade, Maryland is a high-tech media-savvy military base. It’s home to NSA, the new United States Cyber Command, and the largest joint Public Affairs training academy – Defense Information School (DINFOS).

Fort Meade is a little brainier than most bases… So, how the hell did this happen?

Fort George G Meade marriage seminar by Pentecostal Christians who endorse Newt

*If you want to see the original advertisement, click here before the Fort Meade official facebook page takes it down.*

Mike and Trisha Fox run the website Marriage For Today, and travel the region doing these seminars. They also write books and really awful columns on the topic. They also appear on television standing up for the worst Christianity has to offer. This really is a perfect storm of stupid. I can’t believe this happened at Fort Meade.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

1) It’s illegal!

Fort Meade’s ACS / FAP can’t provide a such a forum for evangelicals only. Where is the support for all the other religious demographics? Why didn’t they adhere to Joint Ethics Regulation 3-211?

2) Idiotic slogan / design

Learning How to Love – it takes learning as well as loving.

OH!!!! Now I get it! Also, font-fail.

3) Mike and Trisha Fox endorse beating children, based on biblical principals.

“Not only is physical discipline ‘in’ the bible, but it ‘mandates’ it for all parents if we desire to follow God and His word; and if we in fact love our children – we will use it!” they wrote in the email. “Unfortunately, there is a growing, secular-Christian trend of religious-based, yet not Biblically based, mothers and people who are shallow in terms of Biblical understanding, and in depth with emotional irrational perspective.”

4) Newt Gingrich!?

Despite no longer even being in the presidential race, their website endorses Newt Gingrich for President in 2012. Yep. 3rd times a charm, twice-divorced, Newt fucking Gingrich. The guy who rallied fellow neo-cons against Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity… and was cheating at the time.

5) Mike and Trisha Fox are anti-LGBT bigots

They are convinced that a left-wing media conspiracy is propelling the gay agenda.

“The unthinkable has happened for all Christian couples that have not been desensitized by the liberal media: the war on traditional marriage is climaxing to an almost unstoppable, destructive momentum – at least with mainstream media.”

6) Inexplicably, these advertising wizards coined the phrase “Occupy Marriage Street”

I have no idea what the hell is going on in that article.

7) The US Government spent taxpayer dollars on this!?

The US Government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on evangelical non-government organizations and contractors who literally get paid to proselytize. This is yet another example of your tax dollars at work.

8) Only evangelical military members got 4 hours off of work?

Does that leave non-evangelicals to pick up their slack? Did the non-evangelicals get 4 hours paid off-time to go work on their marriages? When a similar offer was put on the table at Fort Bragg, I was notified in time to stop it. I was away for the last few days but this is even more blatant, and out of control. This is ridiculous.

I left a voice-mail on Mike and Trisha’s box, but have not heard back. I’d like to know how much they were paid and how many people attended. Also…how they sleep at night.

Tell Fort Meade how you feel

Fort Meade’s Army Community Service sponsored the event. Their contact info – Phone: 301-677-5590 or Email

Fort Meade’s Facebook page. If you’d like to voice your concerns a little more publicly, please leave a respectful comment on the advertisement for this event on Fort Meade’s official Facebook page. It’s too late to stop this one, but it’s not too late to get them to promise not to pull another stunt like this.

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  • smhll

    4) Newt Gingrich!?

    Despite no longer even being in the presidential race, their website endorses Newt Gingrich for President in 2012. Yep. 3rd times a charm, twice-divorced, Newt fucking Gingrich. The guy who rallied fellow neo-cons against Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity… and was cheating at the time.

    Does kind of make you wonder about their position on extra-marital blowjobs.

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  • http://confessionsfromthepeanutgallery.blogspot.com/ YankeeCynic

    This is really disappointing. I was hoping that a post that calls the Puzzle Palace home would have thought better than to buy into something like this. Hopefully the attention this will generate will cause them to reconsider.

  • Preston

    SCOTUS Lemon v. Kurtzman

    1) The government’s action must have a secular legislative purpose;

    2) The government’s action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion;

    3) The government’s action must not result in an “excessive government entanglement” with religion.

    I realize Lemon is about laws not contracting, but I think it’s a good set of guidelines. I used to use it as a MSgt running shops/flights.

  • Foxhole Atheist

    I have always wondered about the Marriage Enrichment weekend getaways that are always offered. I saw them a lot while at Hood and was even offered a free 3 day trip to Paris (child care included) here in Brussels. I must assume these getaways are some how similar in design?

    • Justin Griffith

      This one was a bit different. ‘Strong Bonds’ is the typical marriage getaway that the chaplaincy offers… claiming to be secular / universal (it’s NOT).

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