HUFFINGTON POST – Marine Corps Lawyers Claim Crusades Weren’t a Religious War

By Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Last month, I wrote about Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, the unit whose commander, in his infinite wisdom, had decided to change the unit’s nickname from the “Werewolves” to the “Crusaders,” a change that came complete with a nice big crusader shield and cross being painted on its planes.
  • But earlier this year, the unit’s new commander, Lt. Col. Wade Wiegel, decided to change the name back to Crusaders, telling the Beaufort Gazette that he just didn’t see calling a U.S. military unit the Crusaders as being “politically incorrect.”
  • When reported on this story last week, they mentioned the phone call between MRFF’s counsel and the Marine Corps counsel, but this part of the story is so insane that it deserves more attention. Seriously, you ain’t gonna believe the points that General Counsel of the Commandant of the Marine Corps made in his attempt to defend the use of the Crusader name and cross.
  • The most incomprehensibly unbelievable point advanced by these legal geniuses was that the Crusades were not religious. They were just military in nature, and therefore the term Crusades evokes “military” history, not “religion.” I kid you not. The General Counsel of the Commandant of the Marine Corps DOESN’T THINK THE CRUSADES WERE RELIGIOUS!These Marine Corps lawyers then asked Ms. Mitchell if a cross always has a religious connotation, and they were ready with an example of one that doesn’t – the X on the Confederate flag! That’s right. Their great example of the secular use of a cross is a symbol that evokes something much better – the Dukes of Hazzard (oh yeah, and racism and slavery, too).But wait, there’s more… (click below to read more)

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  1. ryan welling

    To a jackass that abused the 1st amendment Crusader you dipshit is the name given to the famed F8,the last of the gun fighters.As an American I could not give a flying rats ass if we are offending our enemy in the middle east of which we have our military defending their muslim asses. You liberals are destroying our rights and trying to tear the pride of being an American and flushing it down the shitter.

  2. ryan welling

    Screw you and your moderation!

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