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Obama’s Soldiers for Secularism

Defense Department materials classifying Christians as extremists reflect the ideology of the boss.

By 4.10.13

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Whoever put together the recently reported Defense Department materials classifying Catholics and Evangelicals as extremists can be excused for simply reflecting, if a bit overenthusiastically, the ideology of the boss. Obama’s anti-Christian secularism is the order of the day. Why wouldn’t that philosophy seep into DOD materials?

The military is dismissing this slide show for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation, which placed the Catholic Church in the same category as al Qaeda, as an isolated incident. An Army spokesman told the press it “was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission,” who “was not a subject matter expert, and produced the material after conducting Internet research.”

Research into what? Obama’s speeches and writings on the benighted quality of Christianity, all of which rest on the premise that it is extreme? Did he read Obama’s memoirs, which dismiss passages of the Bible as extreme? Had he read Obama’s comment that to “base our policy making” on Abrahamic commitments “would be a dangerous thing”?

This now-persona non grata apparently did his research too well and grasped the thrust of Obama’s thought too clearly. Who knows, maybe he even cribbed it off the Department of Homeland Security’s 2009 report on “right-wing extremism,” which made dark mention of pro-lifers.

Far from an isolated incident, the U.S. Army Reserve presentation is typical of a military trying, if at times ham-handedly, to follow the lead of a president who views Christianity as a grab bag of bigotries. Was it an accident that Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who objected to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that “if you cannot get in line resign your commission”? Was it an accident that Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick told “bigoted” soldiers to “get with the program” or “get out”?

These “isolated” incidents happen quite frequently, with apologies, if they even come, only following upon bad publicity and exposure. In 2011, the Army revised its visiting guidelines at Walter Reed Medical Center to read: “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” The Army only rescinded this policy after Republican members of Congress blasted it. That same year the Department of Veterans Affairs tried to ban prayers to Jesus Christ at the Houston National Cemetery, only relenting after backlash from veterans.

In 2012, officials at the Air Force, earning their pay as loyal agents of Obama’s secularism, successfully had the Latin word for God, Dei, dropped from the logo of the Rapid Capabilities Office. The logo originally said in Latin “Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money.” Now it says, “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money.”

In 2011, they withdrew support from Operation Christmas Child on the grounds that the charity for needy tots was run by the Christian evangelist Franklin Graham (who was also disinvited to the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer event). That same year they axed a course on Just War theory out of fear of offending atheists who disliked its emphasis on the writings of St. Augustine and other Christian thinkers. Soldiers will no longer have to hear the “Jesus loves nukes speech,” rejoiced Mikey Weinstein, president of an ACLU-style, Orwellian-titled group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

The U.S. Army Reserve presentation is not a departure from Obama’s line of thought but a concrete expression of it. The whole premise of Obama’s campaign to drive Christianity into the shadows of society is that it is a reactionary religion contrary to human rights. Unlike Islam, which Obama considers a “religion of peace,” Christianity in his eyes is an irrational force to be contained by regulation.

When historians look back on his presidency, they will likely record that he considered his greatest enemy to be not radical Islam abroad but traditional Christianity at home. Winning the culture war through the “fundamental transformation” of the country has always been of more interest to him than winning wars against Islamic terrorists. As he has proudly noted, “ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a topic in my first meeting with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs.”

The “individual” who put together the U.S. Army Reserve presentation deserves if anything a promotion. As a product of Obama-era brainwashing, he understands that the military no longer exists for God and country but for Obama and his state secularism, which views Americans who still bitterly cling to their Christianity as extremists.

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George Neumayr, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is co-author of No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom.