The Future of the Chaplaincy

I found this little gem from a fellow MRFF individual.

It’s not just propaganda. It’s actually an official military training manual – FM 30-40Handbook on Soviet Ground Forces – from 1975, at the height of the Cold War (which isn’t so far removed in historical retrospection). The Soviets at that time had an officer embedded to indoctrinate, report, and control the political leanings and influence of individuals within every company-sized element.

Is it really so different from what the dominionists seek in the chaplaincy?

Not really. The vote is soon….

The Fleming Amendment

The Fleming Amendment is a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA is a fiscal policy that is put forward every year to decide where money in the military will be spent. There are also a lot of amendments having nothing to do with the fiscal issues in the military that are added to it. So if the amendments fail then the entire NDAA can fail….which can lead to a fiscal crisis for the US Military. And Congressman Fleming knows that so he is really pushing for this to be a part of the NDAA. Let’s look further:

The current legislation is read like this

a) PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE.—

(1) ACCOMMODATION.— the Armed Forces shall accommodate the beliefs, of a member of the armed forces reflecting the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the member and, in so far as practicable, may not use such beliefs,  as the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment.

(2) DISCIPLINARY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION.—Nothing in paragraph (1) precludes disciplinary or administrative action for conduct that is proscribed by chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice), including actions and speech that threaten good order and discipline.

The proposed amendment would have it read like this

a) PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE.—

(1) ACCOMMODATION.—[Except in cases of military necessity,] the Armed Forces shall accommodate the beliefs, [actions, and speech] of a member of the armed forces reflecting the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the member and, in so far as practicable, may not use such beliefs, [actions, and speech] as the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment.

(2) DISCIPLINARY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION.—Nothing in paragraph (1) precludes disciplinary or administrative action for conduct that is proscribed by chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice), including actions and speech that threaten[actually harm] good order and discipline.

Herein lies the problem

The changing of the wording is very vague but I will explain as quickly as I can what that does to our military.

  • [Except in cases of military necessity,] - this would mean that no one could intervene on any religious issue unless it were directly disrupting a mission, regardless of how it affected military personnel.
  • [actions, and speech] - this is placed in there twice and changes everything about the entire bill. It means that not only will any belief system be tolerated (as it currently is) but also any action or speech that can be validated as religious. That includes talking bad about and to homosexuals, muslims, pagans, wiccans, and atheists by any Christian service member. Not only talk – this moves into [actions] which means they can protest, picket, and hate on these groups if they so please….and apparently in uniform.
  • threaten[actually harm] - this is at the very end. Changing the phrase “threaten good order and discipline” to “actually harm good order and discipline” takes all the power away from military commanders. It means that if a commander sees an act of hate that potentially threatens the good order and discipline of his unit he can’t stop it until SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS. Commanders can no longer be proactive because hate speech and actions will now be protected under legislation.
This is all a gross violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Constitution of the United States, and just common decency.

If you think it can’t happen here you’re mistaken. The Joint Armed Services Committee is about to convene between the House and the Senate to resolve the differences between their two versions of the National Defense Authorization Act. If they adopt the House amendment to the “Religious Protections Clause” – or rather The Christian Right-to-Bully Clause – then it could wreak havoc on the US Military. This is something that a vast majority of the chaplaincy want. Nearly 70% of the military chaplaincy are flooded with right-wing evangelicals and it is not representative of the active force itself. This little chart spells it out better than any words I could spew forth would…

If they have it their way…

These evangelical dominionist warriors have been lying and deceiving the public with a smear campaign against a foe that doesn’t exist. There is no war on Christianity and there never has been. The marketing campaign of the ever-present Christian persecution has been a talking point for decades (one I even bought into as a right-wing fundamentalist myself long ago). It has worked stupendously for the extremist Dominionists, which make up a mere 12.6% of the Christian population, who have capitalized upon the trust of most of the moderate and liberal Christians. After all, a Christian is a christian is a christian….or whatever.

These Dominionists have stated that they want to be able to proselytize in no uncertain terms. They don’t want dissent. They don’t want another viewpoint. They only make up 13% of the Christian population but they are a powerful, wealthy, and influential 13%. From Billy Graham and Tony Perkins to David Barton and Sarah Palin (a joke to us but a powerhouse in that movement). If you think this religious group is not a political movement then it’s time for you to get some background education.

R.J. Rushdoony

This man is the father of the movement. He started it all. He believed succinctly that the rapture and subsequent return of Jesus Christ would not occur unless and until the Christians had taken over, or dominated, all aspects of American life. From the religious to the political – in elected offices, courtrooms, police precincts, legislation, lawbooks, and yes the military.

His doctrine is not only the self-proclaimed Dominionism but also takes the political stance of “Christian Libertarian”. Christian Libertarianism is not an offshoot or subset of this Dominionist theology. It is core to the very theological message. They feel as if they must take over the entire system and institute a Christian Theocracy. And they are making headway. Most Christians are unaware of the very extreme movement that is being pursued in the name of their religion or do know but have no idea how to stop it. This is no different than the efforts of Islamic extremists attempting to overthrow a government because it does not fall in line with Allah or the teachings of Muhammad.

It starts with the military chaplaincy. It’s not far-fetched. This is what they want. They are a minority that dominate the power structure of our fighting force. And some of you say there’s not a need for Humanists in the chaplaincy. Ha!

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  • kenofken

    I thought I recognized Rushdoony from somewhere! Becoming a Christian Dominionist preacher is a natural second career for a Sith apprentice!

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  • disqus_2FliHaulkg

    This has to be the longest stream of ad hominem and non sequiturs regarding the chaplaincy yet. And I actually support the idea of Humanist Chaplains. But this article, ironically, smacks of Politburo thinking. Oh, I am a military chaplain, btw.


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