“The Growing Epidemic of Religious Hostility in Our (the US) Military” April 26, 2017
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Two bits of data on the Left’s continued, and almost entirely successful, even unopposed, long march through the institutions. The Air Force of men like Jack Broughton, Ed Rasimus, Bill Lloyd, Dick Jonas, Robin Olds, and Chappie James is long, long gone. Even 20 years ago, most leadership in USAF were outwardly conservative and Christian, most often devout evangelicals. After a deliberate program of de-Christianization and secularization, which reached new heights during the Obama administration, the Air Force today, like all the services, is simply one more vehicle for the advance of the godless amoral secular leftist agenda. Unless one feels called to (and able to meet the stringent standards of) a top-tier special forces type career field, joining the US military today is a fool’s errand where anti-Chrisitan and amoral indoctrination reigns, where one is often judged less on the basis of merit but most often on whether you fall into one of the many favored categories (categories which happen to align, magically!, with the core elements of the leftist political coalition).
In other words, what we are seeing is a revolution in slow motion, where a previous ruling elite is replaced by another, hostile elite, all for the benefit of a particular political agenda.
First story up, a 26 year bird colonel flight surgeon at Lackland in San Antonio suddenly, in June 2016, got slapped with a career-ending reprimand not from his CO, but from someone very high up in his chain of command (the vice commander of Air Education and Training Command), over an incident that ostensibly occurred more than two y ears earlier. Sound fishy? It is:
First Liberty Institute has sent a letter to the Air Force demanding the reversal of punitive actions taken against Col Michael Madrid for expressing his religious beliefs about sexuality.
In 2014, one of then-LtCol Madrid’s subordinates — who was in the middle of being court-martialed — accused Col Madrid of
“engaging in demeaning and derogatory behavior toward [the subordinate] based on [the subordinate’s] sexual orientation” thus “creat[ing] a hostile work environment.” [the court martial concerned an enlisted member in Madrid’s section who developed an addiction to prescription pain killers. When caught and court martialed for being high on duty, he started making wild accusations, including this one, to try to get out of the court martial]
Besides the troubled circumstances of the initial complaint, it is also notable that it was a blanket complaint (and apparently a first complaint) covering the prior 15 months, not any specific incident.
As a result of the complaint, Col Madrid’s Group Commander at FE Warren AFB, Wyoming, Col Hans Ritschard, initiated a Commander Directed Investigation.
In March 2014, the two-week CDI determined the allegations were “unsubstantiated,” and Col Madrid’s commander agreed.
That should have been the end of the story.
More than a year later (June 2015), Col Madrid had been promoted to full Colonel and had moved to San Antonio to serve in Air Education and Training Command Headquarters. Somewhere in that time, MajGen John McCoy became an acting Vice Commander of AETC.
On 29 June 2016 — more than a year after moving to San Antonio and more than two years after the CDI was closed — MajGen McCoy issued Col Madrid a Letter of Admonishment for a statement he made during the CDI conducted at FE Warren. He reportedly also intended to establish a further punitive Unfavorable Information File (UIF) but never did so……..
……….how did MajGen McCoy even know about the CDI? By their very nature, CDIs are not supposed to be millstones around the necks of their subjects for the rest of their careers — particularly when the allegations are “unsubstantiated.” (In fact, it requires a very specific approval process — and a legal “need to know” — to even see a CDI.) And once he did know about it, for what reason was he motivated to review it? Col Madrid had already served at AETC HQ for more than a year, and two years had passed since the CDI had ended. Why now?
First Liberty has an idea:
Attorneys at First Liberty are concerned that the reason the case was dredged up once closed is because the Air Force is unduly focused on political correctness and targeting people with beliefs who don’t fit the progressive mold.
“We are concerned that Major General McCoy judged and punished Madrid – a decorated Air Force officer – because he became aware of Colonel Madrid’s traditional religious views,” Berry added. “If so, that not only harms the military, but it is illegal.”
So this is probably the 20th or 25th such case I’ve read concerning individuals in the Air Force being targeted for holding Christian beliefs in the past 2-3 years. I have done at least 10 posts on the subject in that period, all involving different cases, and I know there were 2-3 cases I stumbled on for everyone I posted.
This has all the appearance of being a newly exaltant political movement searching out and persecuting as many ideological adversaries as it can find. Again, such persecution was highly institutionalized during the Obamanation.
Second case, Obama apparatchiks still populating DoD have nominated the first open lesbian to be commandant of the Air Force Academy. This lesbian woman presently commands the 2nd BW at Barksdale (in spite having no previous experience with B-52s) after holding a very cushy position in the Pentagon where she got to hobnob with numerous Obama appointees. AFA provides the core of the Air Force’s officers and was, for a very long time, a hub of evangelical Christianity. That had its pluses and minuses, but it is being plainly remade into a secular pagan institution:
An open lesbian has been chosen to be the next commandant of the U.S. Air Force Academy, according to a USAF Academy report and other media.
Col. Kristin Goodwin has a “wife” and two children. She will take charge of the USAF Academy pending approval by the U.S. Senate. If approved, she likely will assume her new position in May. That is usually a formality, but conservative opposition to her appointment might make it less so.
Air Force Academy alumnus and former Navy Chaplain Gordon James (“Chaps”) Klingenschmitt, a conservative activist, is urging concerned citizens to call their U.S. senators to oppose Goodwin’s nomination to lead the USAF cadets.
Klingenschmitt, who heads the Pray in Jesus Name Project, told LifeSiteNews that Goodwin’s appointment under a Trump presidency is part of a “deep state problem of Obama’s appointments remaining in office while the Senate drags its feet to confirm Donald Trump’s appointments to replace them.”
“Obama’s bureaucrats in the Pentagon are still running the show,” Klingenschmitt said. “Obama is gone. Why does he still have this power?”…….
………According to the article, “Goodwin served in several high-level leadership positions, including vice commander of the 59th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; and senior military adviser to the secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon. … She’s also a veteran pilot who has flown B-2 Spirit, the EC-130h compass Call, the C-130 Hercules, and other aircraft.” [That is what one calls being picked and groomed. From C-130s to vice commander of the premiere bomb wing in the Air Force (flying B-2s, necessitating a type conversion), to about THE most politically advantageous role an officer can get (adviser to the civilian SECAF) – this is a wholly political move. People like her don’t happen, they are made. She may even wind up CoSUSAF at some point. I wouldn’t doubt it.]
Some folks are raving about this appointment, saying that (now) General Goodwin is a committed warrior and a stand-up leader who doesn’t inculcate her ideology on those under her command. That would make her different from some of her colleagues of similar proclivity – including a former commander at Lackland AFB who conducted witch hunts against hardcore Christians. There was another at Patrick AFB who was apparently similar, banning Bibles from public spaces.
I think it’s very sad. In secular coverage of this proposed change of command, support for Goodwin is overwhelming from those in and out of uniform (the comments at Air Force Times were especially disheartening). Trump or no Trump, more and more souls are, consciously or not, surrendering to the leftist sexular pagan zeitgeist that unnatural vices are fine, that it’s just a small accident of someone’s personality (after we were sold for decades that we MUST grant them rights for this CORE element of their being), that so long as they do a good and fair job what does it matter?
It matters because character matters. Because honor matters. Because this woman, who has chosen a totally sterile form of sexual expression, insisted on using artificial means to create two new lives she could pretend rounded our her pretended marriage. Those children are denied the father they have a right to experience and learn from. Because our principal enemies, the islamists, see from things like this a totally decadent and depraved society that deserves to die, and they are further emboldened in their efforts. And because this role is fundamentally different from other commands, it involves education as its principal mission, and more than education, the installation of virtues suitable for those who will command others in combat. This woman is wholly unsuited to be a role model because of the lifestyle she has chosen.
But mostly I oppose it because it is wrong. It will remain wrong even if I am the last person alive who knows it is so. It will remain wrong forever because Our Lord created us to be fruitful and not to cast our seed on barren ground or engage in filthy acts. You cannot support sodomy (or abortion, or many other things) without making a mockery of Christianity and God Himself.