HUFFINGTON POST – Pentagon Assures Anti-Religious-Freedom Coalition That Rumor They Started Isn’t True!

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  • This is one for the ‘you just can’t make this crap up’ file.There is a recently-formed coalition of anti-gay Christian organizations calling itself the “Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition.” The primary mission of this so-called “religious freedom” coalition is to protect the “right” of anti-gay Christians in the military to continue to discriminate against and harass LBG service members in a post-DADT and post-DOMA military.The background for people who haven’t been following this little story of right-wing Christian deceit and propaganda:Under the guise of “religious liberty” in the military, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) introduced an amendment to the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The real purpose of Fleming’s amendment, however, is not religious liberty — unless you consider government permission to freely discriminate against and harass LGB service members to be religious liberty. As Huffington Post Deputy Politics Editor Mollie Reilly very succinctly explained, what the Fleming amendment would actually do is take away the ability of military commanders to stop anti-gay harassment and discrimination within their ranks.
  • To make the Fleming amendment seem necessary, a propaganda campaign had already begun before the amendment was introduced., Fox News, and other right-wing and Christian websites began reporting on the horrible persecution being faced by Christians in the military who, unable to bash the gays anymore, had had their religious freedom taken away! Oh, the humanity!
  • Fitting quite perfectly into the timing of their plan was a covert meeting that took place at the Pentagon on April 23. This well-publicized super-secret meeting was between Air Force officials and Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), and apparently the spawn of Satan. This meeting was so secret that Weinstein, along with other meeting attendees MRFF board member Joe Wilson (described by as “the far-left husband of CIA employee Valerie Plame from the Iraq War’s yellow-cake uranium scandal a decade ago”) and MRFF advisory board member Col. Larry Wilkerson (not described by at all because they didn’t want their readers to realize that this was the same Larry Wilkerson who was Colin Powell’s chief of staff), told the Washington Post all about it.
  • In late June, the so-called “Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition” was formed to champion Rep. Fleming’s so-called “religious liberty” amendment. The four primary organizations in this coalition are the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA), Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).Last Thursday, the AFA sent out an email blast about their participation in “high level meetings at the Pentagon on September 12,” saying:“We made our point very clear…Christian soldiers and airmen have the right to express their faith and to maintain deeply held religious convictions in every area including homosexuality and homosexual marriage.”

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