October 24, 2013
Soldiers Being Told that Tea Party is Threat to Nation
I can't speak to the authenticity of soldiers reporting that they were told that the American Family Association (AFA) and Tea Party were "extremist" or "threatening to tear the nation apart". What I can say is that a lot of this kind of training relies on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which used to be a reliable source, but over the past 3 or 4 years has started listing groups actively opposing gay marriage as "hate groups". They also listed the American Family Association as a "hate group" which it obviously isn't.
I do doubt any one was told they'd be disciplined for donating to the AFA, evangelical churches, or Tea Party, but it is believable that they were labeled "hate groups" or something along those lines since a lot of this kind of training relies on unreliable sources like the SPLC.
Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.Then again, people say stupid things and soldiers are, after all is said and done, still people.
A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has launched an investigation into the incident.
I guess the thing I'm supposed to get angry about was that this all took place at Fort Hood, the same location that the worst terror attack on the homeland since 9/11 occurred. That on the grounds that an Islamist extremists murdered my fellow citizens I should get pissed off that some guy is saying that Christians and Tea Partiers are the real problem.
Okay, I'm a little mad, but not that much. I try to reserve my righteous indignation for people like Nidal Hasan who actually committed murder, rather than some idiot who said something stupid about his political opponents.
Thanks to Jack