HUFFINGTON POST – Christian Supremacists Have Identified New Religious Right: Sedition

by Blake Page, Director of MRFF Affairs at West Point and Special Assistant to the President

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For years, Major Jonathan C. Dowty has used his rank and his blog, Christian Fighter Pilot, to spread a message of hate and sedition.  Through that blog he regularly decried the terror he lived under… as a Christian being forced to serve with homosexuals.  He actively harassed subordinates, many of them clients of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, that did not conform to his “spiritually transformed military, with ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit.”  He did so with the silent consent of his superiors, comforted by the knowledge that even when public appeals were made he would not face reprimand for his brazen disregard of the law.  Thankfully, that time has passed.  Major Dowty’s blog has at long last been discontinued (at least until July 15), and his vulgar publications have been taken down.

This apparently lawfully mandated action has not gone unnoticed by those who claim “Christian persecution.”  The argument put forward by Todd Starnes of Fox News, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and the likes of Major Jonathan Dowty is essentially that it is a violation of our service members’ constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of religion to prevent them from preaching against the “dangerous behavior” of homosexuality. As an example, the account of the fate of what is almost certainly Major Dowty’s blog in Mr. Starnes’ words reads:  “a service member received a ‘severe and possibly career-ending reprimand’ for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.”  He neglected to include mention of Major Dowty’s rampant denigration of homosexuals.  Of course, it is reasonable to assume that Starnes agrees with Dowty’s assertions that condoning or even passively allowing homosexual behavior will lead to bestiality, and that we can blame the sexual assaults and suicides in our military on the repeal of DADT.

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