“You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right” – Psalm 52:3
What can one even say except, “Welcome to ‘God damn America,’ Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama style”???
On 01.22.11 by Sad Hill
Marine 1st Lt. Clebe McClary
Next, they’ll be trying to snuff out officers who are too straight, or too white…
(Gazette) A religious rights group is calling for the removal of the Air Force Academy’s top officer after a flap over a speaker planned for a February prayer luncheon at the school.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says the academy’s choice of retired Marine 1st Lt. Clebe McClary shows that superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould remains tilted toward evangelical Christianity and tolerates an environment where proselytizing is accepted.
Lt. Gen. Mike Gould
“We’re done,” said academy graduate Mikey Weinstein, the foundation’s founder and a frequent foe of religious practices at the school. “Gould needs to go.”
An academy spokesman, Lt. Col. John Bryan, defended the choice of McClary and said the planned prayer gathering is optional and inclusive of a broad spectrum of religious views.
“Nobody is being forced or coerced to go to this luncheon,” Bryan said.
McClary is a wounded Vietnam veteran who overcame his disabilities and now says he’s in the “Lord’s Army.”
Bryan said he’s heard McClary speak and came away with inspiration for overcoming obstacles rather than religious philosophy.
“He’s a nationally recognized motivational speaker,” Bryan said.
McLary’s website lists testimonials from celebrities including The Rev. Billy Graham and former Denver Broncos coach Dan Reeves.
The academy first sought retired Army general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell to speak at the luncheon, but when he couldn’t make it due to schedule conflicts, McClary was picked to keynote the annual event. He’ll be paid $2,500 and airfare reimbursement.
Weinstein points to McClary’s website for evidence that the speaker is too evangelical for the academy.
“To him, USMC will always mean a U. S. Marine for Christ,” McClary’s website says.
“Such statements are not only antithetical to the clear mission of the United States Air Force Academy, they are totally anathema to the purportedly globally inclusive purpose of this National Prayer Luncheon,” Weinstein wrote in a letter to Gould and Defense Department officials.
Several groups, including the Colorado branch of the American Civil Liberties Union have written Gould in support of Weinsten’s effort.
Weinstein has battled the academy in recent months over the school’s failure to include him in a conference on the school’s religious tolerance practices and the academy’s initial failure to release results of a survey that showed concerns about prosyletizing there.
Gould hasn’t responded to Weinstein’s latest letter.
PLEASE let the United States Air Force Academy Public Affairs know what’s on your mind. Tell ‘em Sad Hill sent ya…:
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McClary’s Biography: HERE
Rev. Franklin Graham banned from National Day of Prayer: HERE
Week-Kneed Christians: HERE
Hat tip: Dad/Mom
The “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” is for anything but the military, or religion, or freedom. It is for atheism. It is for imposing IT’S religious ideology of secular humanism and specifically excluding anything Christian.
Let’s get this straight: atheism IS a religion. The courts have ruled that atheism is a religion, and in point of fact atheism has all the same worldview components that any religion has. There are many religions on the planet, and some (like most forms of Buddhism) don’t believe in God, while others (like Hinduism) don’t believe in a personal God. So the fact that atheists don’t believe in God, and the fact that they believe very differently from Christians, hardly disqualifies atheism from being a religion. It is one religious view among many. The same thing goes for secular humanism, which basically is the same worldview as atheism, only with a more positive myth about human nature.
So as much as the Military Religious Freedom Foundation might erupt into a frenzy at the very thought of Christian proselytizing, these hypocrites are all too willing to engage in massive proselytizing of their own. They impose their atheistic worldview in the name of “religious tolerance” or “religious neutrality” all the time. When in fact it is anything but, being a small extremist minority worldview, and when in fact it has the most gruesome history of ANY worldview in the form of state atheism, i.e. communism.
This was a voluntary and optional prayer gathering. No one was forced to go. But the fascist Military Religious Freedom Foundation is frothing at the mouth that men and women who want to pray to Jesus Christ should be able to pray to Jesus Christ. They want to force people to not be allowed to pray as they will and to whom they will. These atheists want to force others to be like them.
Want to argue with me? Try out another story going on at the same time. A homosexual activist (and homosexual activists are almost universally atheist and are universally liberal) attended a Christian event and specifically sought out a Christian psychologist who specifically told him she only used “a Christian biblical framework.” The homosexual activist told her that was exactly what he wanted. Then he proceeded to literally wear a wire so he could record her praying for him. And now he is spearheading an effort to destroy her and have her credentials revoked. It wasn’t about a Christian counselor trying to brainwash a poor unsuspecting homosexual with her religious bigotry; it is about an amoral homosexual activism movement trying to shut down and destroy anyone who doesn’t share their particular form of extreme bigotry.
You say, well, that particular example happened in England; it could never happen here. Think again, because if anything it gets even more Orwellian on this side of the ocean.
People like these, wherever they’re from, love to claim that the American founding fathers – who produced the greatest, most powerful and most enduring democracy in human history – were a bunch of atheists; the only problem is that nothing can be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that our founding fathers were overwhelmingly Christian; and the one or two who weren’t (such as Benjamin Franklin) readily acknowledged that the Christian religion was a good thing rather than a bad one.
The phrase “Founding Fathers” is a proper noun. It refers to a specific group of men, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. There were other important players not in attendance, like Jefferson, whose thinking deeply influenced the shaping of our nation. These 55 Founding Fathers, though, made up the core.
The denominational affiliations of these men were a matter of public record. Among the delegates were 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown, and only 3 deists–Williamson, Wilson, and Franklin–this at a time when church membership entailed a sworn public confession of biblical faith [see John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution, 1987, p. 43].
This is a revealing tally. It shows that the members of the Constitutional Convention, the most influential group of men shaping the political foundations of our nation, were almost all Christians, 51 of 55–a full 93%. Indeed, 70% were Calvinists (the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and the Dutch Reformed), considered by some to be the most extreme and dogmatic form of Christianity.
What do you call people who deliberately distort American history in order to advance an agenda that said American history clearly reviles? I hope you don’t call such a suppression of truth “American.”
This blatant un-American attempt to deny and suppress religious freedom occurred at a place of learning, at a university. So let us see what the founding fathers thought about the cornerstone of learning in an ordinance that they passed in 1787:
Northwest Ordinance (1787), Article III:
Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged…
106 of the first 108 universities established in the United States were explicitly founded for the very purpose of proselytizing the Christian faith. The intent to proselytize the Christian gospel is literally engraved on the cornerstones of every single one of our greatest universities. It was not our American founding fathers, but profoundly un-American fascists who tried to sever the historic connection between America and the religious faith that made her great.
What makes the Northwest Ordinance even more interesting and relevant is that it was passed at the very same time the Constitution was being written and ratified. Which is to say that only a fool would argue that the very same men who passed the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 would turn around and denounce the very same idea in the Constitution at the very same time.
“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams
Especially when these same determined men had just fought a terrible war over this statement:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
And yet, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (see Psalm 14:1-3). Fools abound. And the defining characteristic of fools is that they aren’t particularly interested in reality.
The most dogmatic statement about religion of all came from the mouth of the father of our country and our democracy during his Farewell Address:
“Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” — George Washington
The bottom line is that the greatest of all Americans would have called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation precisely what they are: “traitorous wretches” who are trying to tear down the indispensable supports undergirding the foundation of America and American democracy.
It is time to wake up and fight for your country. History is replete with examples of majorities who had their country seized from under their feet by small determined minorities of vile usurpers. As one example, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party never won more than 37% of the vote; yet he and his Party and its loathsome ideology came to dominate Germany. And yes, Adolf Hitler was a big government socialist atheist.
Get off your butts and FIGHT for your country, Americans. FIGHT for the vision of America handed down to us by our founders that made this country the greatest in the history of the world. If you keep sitting on your butts thinking that others will do all the fighting for you, you will wake up one day and wonder what the hell happened.