Lew Rockwell linked to this article over at the Daily Caller which addressed a Missouri National Guard unit’s refusal to show up at a Bible camp. The Guard unit cites the following:
“Army participation must not selectively benefit (or appear to benefit) any person, group, or corporation (whether profit or nonprofit); religion, sect, religious or sectarian group, or quasi-religious or ideological movement.”
Now, for the record, I think a part of the US military, however small, not participating in some religious bullshit is long overdue. In order to understand what Christianity has come to mean in the US, it’s important to dig a little deeper. According to the article, the theme of this years Bible camp was “God’s Rescue Squad.” They had some paramedics show up and as we all know, paramedics do Gods work, right? Tell that to the family and friends of Eric Garner, the latest victim of the NYPD brute squad. The paramedics who showed up after Mr. Garner was choked to death have been suspended for failing to treat him when they arrived on scene.
Then they hosted fireman. Next on the list of Gods little helpers were some local law enforcement with their K-9 units. Anybody who does not have their head planted up their ass can tell you that cops in the US are some of the most barbaric, fascistic assholes anywhere. With qualified immunity, they have been granted license to commit perjury and it’s so pervasive it has a name, testalying. Violent crime in the US has fallen, yet police shootings have risen. There are over 50,000 SWAT raids in the US annually and most of those are for misdemeanors. Cops in the US have fully automatic weapons, body armor, armored vehicles and other military grade hardware which them employ on a regular basis.
God’s rescue squad was responsible for severely burning a toddler with a flash bang. God’s rescue squad was responsible for the mass murder at Waco. They were responsible for beating Kelly Thomas to death. They murdered a grandfather that wasn’t wanted for any crime. They killed a man sitting on a bench whittling. They shoot at a minivan full of children, which they knew to be full of children, then claimed they didn’t know. Over the decade of the Iraq war(crime), more US citizens were killed by cops than the number of US service people killed in that war zone. And I haven’t even listed the number of family pets executed by these rescuers of God.
To round out the week was supposed to be a few soldiers with the National Guard and a Humvee. They refused and of course, everyone was upset at the naturally liberal/progressive war on Christians.
“We are a very patriotic church,” Hogan told Todd Starnes of Fox News. “We love America. We love this country.”
What Pastor Hogan is saying, is that they engage in a bit of what the Ten Commandments call, idolatry.
“We were told it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,” the pastor told Fox News. “They said if the National Guard had assets on church property it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”
Interestingly, this June, the U.S. Department of Defense allowed an American military color guard to march in the annual gay pride parade in Washington, D.C.
Similarly, in 2012, the Defense Department overrode the Defense Department’s specific rules against uniformed service members’ participation in political events to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego’s gay pride parade.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, local members of the National Guard expressed disgust with the decision to prohibit their appearance at a local church.
“I can tell you I’m ashamed and embarrassed right now,” one soldier told Fox.
“We had a lot of disappointed kiddos because of the National Guard being unwilling to allow a Humvee and a few soldiers to spend an hour at a Baptist church,” another soldier said. “It makes me wonder what I’m actually fighting for.”
Hogan, the pastor, noted a further irony.
“They said they didn’t want to offend anybody,” he told Fox. “Well, it’s offended our whole church.”
The Pentagon has decided that it needs bodies to fill all of those little black bags that need fillin’ whenever they engage in murderous rampage in other countries so they’re now courting the gay folks. You see, as the TSA hired all of the semi-literate high school dropouts, there was nobody else for the Pentagon to court. Obviously this is a progressive plot against America’s values. As if America had any values.
Then there is the ‘shame’ felt by members of the Missouri National Guard because a Humvee with a few soldiers in it didn’t show up for bible camp. Seriously? Shame? It’s also quite humorous the way Pastor Hogan said the attempt of the Guard to not offend anyone failed because they offended ‘our whole church.’ Why is this humorous? Because it’s a great example of what the Christian church stands for in America. I’m 44 years old and never, not once, has the US military been deployed overseas to protect and defend my rights and liberties. Not once have they been deployed to protect the religious freedoms, or lack thereof, of any American citizen. How many foreigners are ‘offended’ by the fucking drones that incessantly fly overhead in their countries, terrorizing and often murdering? Countries that the US isn’t at war with. How many foreigners are offended by the occupation of their country of US forces? How many foreigners are offended by the fact that outside of US bases all over the world, those noble US servicemen are raping local women? How many people all over this planet are offended by the arrogance of the US military and the US government in general?
The Christian church in the US is a complete fucking sham. Very few self-described Christians in this country actually give a shit about what Christ taught and most are in fact, warmongering nationalists. Christ wasn’t just raging against the money counters, he was raging against the state and Christians in this country love the state. They bitch and complain about a few military guys not showing up to bible camp as some sort of plot against Christians, yet they have no problem plotting against every person in this country that isn’t a Christian by attempting to force their retarded ass Creation story into public schools. They want Christian holidays celebrated in public schools while telling the Muslim children to pound sand. They seek to claim ownership of every single uterus in the US. To the American Christian, there is no more noble cause then invading some shitty third world country and killing the inhabitants all in the name of liberating them.
These folks, Christians and typical right-wingers claim that the US military is defending our freedoms and ignore the very fact that the only entity capable of dismantling the Bill of Rights is government itself and it is doing so at lightning quick speed now.
“…another soldier said. “It makes me wonder what I’m actually fighting for.”
I can tell you exactly what you’re fighting for you brain dead useful idiot. You’re fighting for the plutocracy that claims ownership of this country.
Christians are statists. Period. They worship the state and pray to the golden calf of the US military. Somewhere along the line, the Prince of Peace was tossed overboard.