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Mikey Weinstein is one of my most admired activists in efforts to bring our nation’s military-industrial war machine under control and restore a semblance of sanity prior to the Pentagon initiating literal Armageddon based on Bible prophecy. Think this is a far fetched proposal? After reading this article, use google search: “Jesus Love Nukes, United States Air Force.” Article reprinted here with permission of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation-

The United States Air Force Prepares to Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of Fundamentalist Christian Proselytizing War

“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.”  William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1, Line 273

“Justice delayed is justice denied”; these salient words apply in full to the conditions and prospects of religious liberty in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). What lies at stake is the alteration (and possible evisceration) of one of the only protective barriers restraining the brutal spread of ruthless fundamentalist Christianity spread throughout the U.S. military: Air Force Instruction 1-1, specifically Section 2 .11 (AFI 1-1).

Would the United States Air Force sooner throw the basic religious rights of Air Force personnel into a stinking garbage heap than “court controversy” with Tea Party bigots and religious extremists in the United States Congress and their incestuous gangs of fundamentalist Christian, parasitic parachurch organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA), Focus on the Family (FOF) and the Officers Christian Fellowship (OCF) to name only a few of these rapaciously religious extremist entities?

Sadly, telltale signs of dubious, constitutional queasiness and pathetically faux ambivalence by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III have clearly revealed that this may well be the case. The floodgates of state-sponsored evangelizing/proselytizing and fundamentalist Christian supremacy, exceptionalism and primacy by newly emboldened “Hobby Lobby”-style Christian fundamentalists within the Air Force are set to literally fly open, with devastating effect.

It should be a no-brainer: AFI 1-1 and similar protections and regulations on religious expressions should, if anything, be strengthened – not deliberately and so shamefully diluted. Instead, the changes being considered by the USAF, as it craters and cowers before these fundamentalist Christian lawmakers and their private sector parachurch persecutors, will authorize “witnessing,” preaching and proselytizing on the tax-payer’s dime provided the “tormentor” airman is projecting his/her “sincerely held” religious beliefs upon the “tormentee” airman. Prohibition on such “testifying” would ONLY apply if these expressions are determined to “have a real, not hypothetical adverse impact” (according, of course, to the subjective, arbitrary and clearly conflicted determination of Air Force leadership).

Look, let’s just call it what it is. “Spiritual rape” perpetrated by “fundamentalist Christian religious predators” is how we at the civil rights organization I lead–the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)— describe the profound sense of vicious, personal violation that is being mercilessly inflicted upon tens of thousands of our MRFF military clients, 96% of whom are practicing Christians themselves.  Forced religious indoctrination, mandatory prayer sessions, active, abusive measures towards the promotion of one or another fundamentalist Christian sect, the shaming and savaging of freethinking, atheist, and agnostic service members – these barbaric tactics define the monstrous modus operandi of the Christian dominionist hegemony that lies as a cancerous plague metastasizing briskly across the whole of the Air Force and the U.S. Military.

By fatally handicapping and consciously crippling the hard-fought AFI 1-1, top USAF brass will be effectively legalizing hate speech, coercive proselytizing, and religious extremist extremism. It’s REALLY that damn serious, folks. Anti-LGBTQ bigotry, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and heinous misogyny – all will be gleefully allowable if the views of any and all superior ranking tormenting airman are (cue the harp music please) “sincere”, heartfelt, “and have a real impact”. To the well over 37,000 armed forces clients currently being represented by MRFF, it’s akin to stating that domestic violence and abuse aren’t “real” unless there are clear bruises, black eyes, scars, and broken bones. The word “unconscionable” comes immediately to mind. There are other (unprintable) words of unbridled outrage that also more than merit being screamed from every mountaintop.

In fact, the preposterous, proposed changes go even further and actually assert that EACH and EVERY one of the respective criteria constituting a USAF regulation violation must be fulfilled and proven before the restrictions come into effect. Thus, a superior ranking officer who regularly proselytizes his or her defenseless subordinates will only be potentially found in violation of regulations if it’s proven that the officer’s words deleteriously affect military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, morale, discipline, health, safety, AND military accomplishment. One can violate without repercussions any combination of the foregoing, minus one, any one at all, of the above constituent elements – the health and morale of subordinates, to provide just one example. However, unless ALL of the other elements are likewise measurably breached, the matter at hand can NEVER rise to become even a possibility of a violation. Not enough yet to enrage you? How about we assume that a USAF leader has somehow managed to actually violate ALL of the above “new AFI 1-1” infraction criteria; can he or she receive ANY meaningful punishment even in such a nearly impossible-to-conceive of scenario? Ready to be thunderstruck, for the answer is a resounding NO!  Believe it or not, there is additional proposed language, being seriously considered by senior USAF leadership, which would actually bar or fully immunize any USAF supervisor or commander found guilty of exercising religious bigotry or prejudice under this “new AFI 1-1” from suffering any criminal and administrative consequences (to include that he or she may not be removed from their position as a supervisor or relieved from command.) Are you getting the picture now, my friends? The legions of the victims of fundamentalist Christian oppression in the USAF, the “battered,” in this case, know much better – hence the terribly critical necessity for such basic guidelines of “Do’s and Don’ts” that came in the form of layers of the original, unadulterated AFI 1-1 protective shield which went into effect on August 7, 2012.

AFI 1-1’s specious revision threatens to subsume and absolutely obliterate religious liberty in the Air Force, setting a horrific example for the other service branches. One can only imagine if similar policies were laid out regarding sexual assault, harassment, and racial discrimination. Unless USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Welsh makes the right decision, USAF airmen will be universally discouraged from filing complaints on the basis that their justified anxiety and grief will be shrugged aside as merely “hypothetical” rather than “real.” Then, oh my, my, my, just watch as the USAF chain of command “reprisal and retribution games” begin in earnest for those who had the temerity and integrity to try stand up and seek redress and help for their civil rights suffering in the Brave New World of the now gutted AFI 1-1, “as amended”.

The men and women who bravely serve in our Air Force deserve better than that, far better.

Hey, wait a minute. Has the United States Supreme Court ever ruled on the legality of “protecting” the First Amendment “right” of military leaders to freely proselytize their helpless subordinates? For that is the entire justification utilized by the fundamentalist Christian supremacists in Congress (and their adoring legions of parachurch organizations and Pentagon sycophants) for the obliteration of the formidable current AFI 1-1 protections. Surprise! Indeed our nation’s highest Court HAS so opined, and over 40 years ago, by one of the most conservative Chief Justices ever to sit on the Court. In a 6-2 decision in Parker vs. Levy (1974), written by the extremely “non-liberal” Chief Justice William Rehnquist and still considered to be unimpeachable law to this very day, the Supreme Court said the following about whether it’s permissible to place limits on the Constitutional rights of armed forces members (for instance, as presently appropriately exists with the not-yet-destroyed-but-about-to-be AFI 1-1) which might otherwise NOT belabor them if they were civilians instead:

“This Court has long recognized that the military is, by necessity, a specialized society separate from civilian society. We have also recognized that the military has, again by necessity, developed laws and traditions of its own during its long history. The differences between the military and civilian communities result from the fact that “it is the primary business of armies and navies to fight or be ready to fight wars should the occasion arise. … An army is not a deliberative body. It is the executive arm. Its law is that of obedience. No question can be left open as to the right to command in the officer or the duty of obedience in the soldier. … While the members of the military are not excluded from the protection granted by the First Amendment, the different character of the military community and of the military mission requires a different application of those protections. The fundamental necessity for obedience, and the consequent necessity for imposition of discipline, may render permissible within the military that which would be constitutionally impermissible outside it. …  In the armed forces, some restrictions exist for reasons that have no counterpart in the civilian community. Disrespectful and contemptuous speech, even advocacy of violent change, is tolerable in the civilian community, for it does not directly affect the capacity of the Government to discharge its responsibilities unless it both is directed to inciting imminent lawless action and is likely to produce such action. …  In military life, however, other considerations must be weighed. The armed forces depend on a command structure that, at times must commit men to combat, not only hazarding their lives but also ultimately involving the security of the Nation itself. Speech that is protected in the civil population may nonetheless undermine the effectiveness of response to command.  If it does, it is constitutionally unprotected.”

Our United States Supreme Court and Chief Justice Rehnquist could not POSSIBLY be more clear: permitting “free-ranging”, limitless, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing by USAF superiors to their defenseless subordinates on the justification of the “free speech” and “freedom of religion” rights of those very same USAF superiors is simply and absolutely WRONG and ILLEGAL!The civil rights religious views (or lack thereof) of all USAF airmen must remain utterly inviolable, precisely as envisioned by those who drafted our magnificent United States Constitution and its beautiful Bill of Rights.

Civil “rights” indeed. They are NOT merely  “civil privileges”. Everyone who is a U. S. citizen gets them, especially junior and subordinate ranking members of the USAF. Particularly if they choose NOT to accept the fundamentalist Christian religious faith of their “Purpose Driven Life”, USAF oppressors who are tormenting them as mean spirited and/or even “Good News”, glad-handing leaders, commanders and superiors.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is up against well-funded extremist religious organizations. Your donations allow us to continue our fight in the courts and in the media to fight for separation of church and state in the U.S. military. Please make a fully tax-deductible donation today at  helpbuildthewall.org.

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq. is founder and president of the six-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated  Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a White House counsel in the Reagan Administration and as the Committee Management Officer of the “Iran-Contra” Investigation. He is also the former General Counsel to H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. His two sons, daughter-in-law, son-in law, and brother-in-law are also graduates of USAFA. In December 2012, Defense News named Mikey one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense. He is the author of  “With God On Our Side” (2006, St. Martin’s Press) and  “No Snowflake in an Avalanche” (2012, Vireo).

Originally posted to Mikey Weinstein on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Progressive Atheists.

The beauty of open source intelligence analysis in the present day is two-fold; the age of internet has brought what used to be a laborious process of time consuming weeks, even months or years of research, to the analysts fingertips, and the sheer amount of information available from multiple sources, insures information never intended to be assembled into a picture nevertheless is assessable. In a flip sense, the ‘metadata’ so valued by the NSA in its spying on the  citizen, is also available to the citizen or freelance investigator in relation to the behavior of institutions. One only need develop a compendium of metadata subject threads, to follow theme and bring focus to a target. That institutions must provide some cover for certain behaviors only enhances the process, in that any competent analyst is simply aware one must  take a modicum of care not to become a ‘believer’ in any official line, to avoid being misled.

Dominionism’s Fingers in Kiev

There is a very interesting blurb at the official White House website:

“our office launched the first-ever Interagency Working Group on Religion and Global Affairs (RGA), co-chaired by the [White House] Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the White House National Security Staff.  This groundbreaking working developed a comprehensive map of how our government currently engages religious actors in foreign affairs through USAID Missions, Embassies, and Departments across government from the Department of Defense to the Department of Health and Human Services”

This is a pretty blanket admission religion plays a role throughout the USA government, despite the American foundational law erecting ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’ It is no news to me the White House (and American government generally) trashes this principle of law, and that is not the particular focus of today’s ‘revelation.’ Let’s narrow the preceding quote:

co-chaired by the [White House] Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the White House National Security Staff

Ok, so now we’ve reduced this to a White House endeavor or effort on behalf of ‘religion’ and ‘national security.’ Never mind just how creepy that sounds, when contrasted to history from ancient to modern time, the role of empires, and the countless dead in too many wars to count. Rather lets look at another aspect of the quote in relation to modern USA foreign policy:

a comprehensive map of how our government currently engages religious actors in foreign affairs through USAID Missions, Embassies, and Departments across government

Particularly noting ‘engages religious actors’ & ‘USAID’ & ‘Embassies’, and noting the ’embassies’ recalls the fact of Department of State is a CIA Siamese twin, and USAID is a CIA cover program, one need not wonder for long how it came to be Voice of America (CIA radio) notes Ukrainian of the Greek Catholic Church was in attendance at the most recent so-called ‘National Prayer Breakfast.’

As previously noted in my article ‘Victoria Nuland’s Wedding with Christian al-Qaida‘, the Voice of America (CIA) states the so-called ‘National Prayer Breakfast’ attended by the Arch Bishop Major of Kiev is sponsored by ‘The Family’ or that is the ‘Christian Dominion’ element which has penetrated every aspect of American government. The three pillars of the Christian Dominion movement in the USA are:

  • Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.
  • Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.
  • Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.

An example of the literally tens of thousands of dominionists in USA government include, but are not limited to, these notable ‘Family’ members:

“Men under the Family’s religio-political counsel include … Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., and recent senators and high officials such as John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, Pete Domenici and Don Nickles. Over in the House there’s Joe Pitts, R-Penn., Frank Wolf, R-Va., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and John R. Carter, R-Texas. Historically, the Family has been strongly Republican, but it includes Democrats, too. There’s Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, for instance, a vocal defender of putting the Ten Commandments in public places, and Sen. Mark Pryor, the pro-war Arkansas Democrat responsible for scuttling Obama’s labor agenda. Sen. Pryor explained to me the meaning of bipartisanship he’d learned through the Family: “Jesus didn’t come to take sides. He came to take over.” And by Jesus, the Family means the Family”

And the ‘family’ interest in spreading what amounts to Biblical-corporate-capitalism is quite international as the preceding research by Harper’s investigative reporter, Jeff Sharlet, goes on to note:

“One needn’t be a Marxist to find fault with the Family’s mash-up of New Testament and unfettered capitalism — Adam Smith himself would have recognized that theology as a disingenuous form of self-interest by proxy. Such interests have led the Family into some strange alliances over the years. Seduced by the Indonesian dictator Suharto’s militant anti-communism, they described the murder of hundreds of thousands that brought him to power as a “spiritual revolution,” and sent delegations of congressmen and oil executives to pray to Jesus with the Muslim leader. In Africa, they anointed the Somali killer Siad Barre as God’s man and sent Sen. Grassley and a defense contractor as emissaries. Barre described himself as a “Koranic Marxist,” but he agreed to pray to Grassley’s American Christ in return for American military aid, which he then used to wreak a biblical terror on his nation. It has not yet recovered. More recently, the Family has paid for congressional Christian junkets to bastions of democracy such as Serbia, Sudan, Belarus, Albania, Macedonia and Musharraf’s Pakistan”

And now to Ukraine and Ukrainian

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 Answers to Rome

The Pope at Rome considers all Christians, regardless of denomination, to be in communion with the Catholic church, no matter how ‘imperfect.’ The Orthodox church does not, however, recognize the Pope’s authority. Roman Catholicism is dominionist by deed and history to present time, example of present day dominionism in Spain, similar to ‘The Family’ is given:

“As an organization of Catholics – half-monks, half-soldiers – they seek to sanctify themselves through political struggle and their goal is to gain power. It’s a hierarchical structure governed by the motto “He who obeys does not go astray.” They overlap with the Church, invoking the bishops and the pope with an ethical, Christian discourse and with right-wing political and media organizations”

And:

“the Anvil is made up of airtight cells, to make effective the following rule: “Know no more than what is strictly necessary.” He claims to have no clue how many members there are, but says there are national and international leaders. “Our enemies were masonry, the gay movement, feminism, de facto unions, abortion, Marxism, and of course, Zionism””

What does the Roman church authority have to say about this?

“Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the former archbishop of Toledo and current prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, based in the Vatican [stated] “They’re not called the Anvil any more; now they go by the Association for the Common Good and I think they are offering great services to society””

The major differences between the Catholic and Orthodox are more than cosmetic, the church at Rome is a strict hierarchy with a dominionist theology founded in neo-Platonic thought. The Orthodox church theology is, by contrast, rooted in mystic asceticism. Catholicism is aggressive in comparison to the Orthodox, and particularly aggressive towards the Russian Orthodox Church:

“After the breakdown of the Soviet Union” [a spokesman for the Russian Patriarch said] “a great number of people in the Roman Catholic Church decided that was the moment when it was possible to conquer these big territories and huge populations of the countries of the former Soviet Union”

Ukrainian of the Greek Catholic Church, it must be noted, is a stealth Roman Catholic, having trained at Rome in the Roman doctrine of Thomas Aquinas’ neo-Platonic theology, anathema to the Orthodox Rite he purportedly represents as an Eastern Rite or so-called ‘Greek Catholic’ (with allegiance to the Pope.) The Greek Catholic minority (6%) he represents in mostly Western Ukraine, makes his elevation into American foreign policy circles (under the guise of a ‘religious’ event) all out of proportion to the Ukrainian mainstream Orthodox, but this begins to make sense when one looks at the larger picture coming into focus with the USA dominionist agenda in concert with recent USA policy promoted in Ukraine. In fact the USA putsch installed ‘interim’ prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, is a right wing Greek Catholic, in league with the neo-nazi Svoboda party which holds five ministries in his new regime.

So, who is using who here? Is the Roman Catholic church using the dominionists in the USA or are the USA dominionists using the Roman Catholic church? The plain answer is both. It  is a joint effort in Ukraine.

This analysis points to church-state intrigue of a sort you’d expect in medieval Europe. It would appear some habits never die…

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Note one: The Vatican has a long history of supporting right-wing fascism to present time, recent past examples include strong support for Franco’s Spain as well as fascist Italy and to a certain extent Hitler’s Germany, in South America the military junta in Argentina, and Chile’s murderous dictator Pinochet, example given. In the cases of Franco and the Argentine junta, the church was involved in ‘pro-life’ programs such as the placement of very young children of executed dissidents with ‘proper’ Catholic families, unknown to the executed dissidents relatives. This included keeping dissident pregnant women, who were tortured (and sometimes impregnated via associated rapes) alive long enough to deliver their babies prior to the women being ‘disappeared.’

Note two: USAID, Voice of America, The National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and too many more NGOs to name here, are no longer funded direct from the CIA budget but have been over the past few decades, shifted to direct congressional funding, a cover or ‘denial’ mechanism. These NGOs continue to serve as CIA fronts, per the revelations of rogue CIA officer Phillip Agee. These are without doubt the channels utilized when Victoria Nuland reports to Chevron & Exxon-Mobil, five billion dollars had been spent in Ukraine enroute to the present geo-political circumstance in that nation. For Chevron’s ‘hands on’ strategy & relationship to these type of NGOs and related events, read HERE

Note three: The Vatican’s intelligence relationship with the CIA, for purpose of coordinating policy, goes back decades. A very useful investigative report on this history is a 1983 (still highly relevant today) Mother Jones investigative report which may be read HERE

Note four: The present director  of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Melissa Rogers,  has belonged to the State Department’s ‘Religion and Foreign Policy’ Working Group since 2011, and has been a ‘senior fellow’ or policy wonk at Brooking Institution. The Brookings Institution is a think tank whose millions in funding is provided by who’s who of multinational corporations and associates who benefit [profit] from conflict opening opportunities [markets] around the world, including but not limited to:

  • Department for International Development, United Kingdom
  • The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Embassy of Qatar
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Cheryl and Haim Saban
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • AT&T
  • Richard C. Blum and Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Tokyo Club Foundation for Global Studies
  • Visa USA, Inc.
  • Allstate Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Government of Denmark
  • Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • World Economic Forum
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • American Express Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • BP America Inc.
  • Cato Institute
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • GE Foundation
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MassMutual
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Raytheon
  • BellSouth Corporation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • CIGNA Foundation
  • Citigroup Foundation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • Marathon Oil Company Foundation
  • Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  • Mitsubishi International Corporation

Ukraine for Dummies

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Ronald Thomas West is a former U.S. Intelligence Professional

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