Selected Article Excerpts:
- We know that the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other mujahideen feel that they are involved in a holy war. Do U.S . military personnel also see themselves in this role?
- Countless armed forces members have reached out to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to express their dire concern regarding the proliferation of literature, imagery, insignia, and much more which indicates that, indeed, some do see themselves as the Christian extremist counterparts of their Islamic fundamentalist, Salafi-Jihadist foes. This extremely dangerous Islamophobia, inextricably intertwined into the very fabric of the US armed forces, has reached such a dire level of toxicity that it caused America’s highest-ranking soldier to actually DO something about it just last week.
- Case in point: the recent decision to rename Beaufort, South Carolina-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) the “Crusaders” and adopt the red cross of the crusading medieval Knights Templar.
A phrase which literally means “taking up the cross,” Crusader recalls a history of colonization and campaigns of conquest and plunder spearheaded by European Christian military orders. Spanning three centuries and starting in the year 1096, the crusades viciously claimed the lives of millions of inhabitants of the Middle East. While motivated by the secular incentives of lucre and mammon, the Crusades serve as a hideous testament to the noxious danger embodied by the foreboding alloy of weaponized theology.
- Meanwhile, regarding “current” history, that very same red crusader cross was heavily utilized in the video “manifesto” of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who claims to have carried out his gruesome attacks for the sake of advancing a “crusade” against multiculturalism and European Muslims. Breivik, who is currently on the dock for his gruesome attacks that claimed the lives of 77 people, has spoken of allegiance to a network called the “Knights Templar” and has stated that he aspires to a “crusader mentality.”
- […] the only outcome of this needlessly provocative and unconstitutional renaming will be the egregious loss of service members’ lives and limbs and the squandering of meager strategic gains across the theaters of combat within which the US is engaged.