One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."
As the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I read a lot of emails that come into the foundation -- emails from supporters, from people asking for our help, and, of course, from detractors.
As has been widely reported over the last few days, Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries, has proposed a "military takeover" and "martial law" as the only hope to prevent the "serious tyranny" that we're headed for under the Obama administration.
The primary mission of this so-called "religious freedom" coalition is to protect the "right" of anti-gay Christians in the military to continue to discriminate against and harass LGB service members in a post-DADT and post-DOMA military.
Despite Congressman Huelskamp's blatant admission that the sole target of his amendment is Mikey Weinstein, this amendment, should it be signed into law, would to apply to everyone -- not just to the object of Huelskamp's affectations.
It seems that Congressman Fleming's ability to separate fact from fiction hasn't improved much in the past year. The stories he's now believing might not come from The Onion, but the headlines are just as far-fetched and the stories just as fictitious.
The perpetual tug-of-war that Chuck Norris and I are party to is nothing less than a life and death fight for the heart and soul of not only the U.S. Military, but also our nation itself and, ultimately, the world.
We at MRFF were anything but surprised that the editorial luddites at the conservative orgy which constitutes the Colorado Springs Gazette would suddenly defend the circulation of this sickening link in the name of some twisted and tortured conception of "academic freedom."
Over the past few months, I've been faced with the utter irony of splitting my time between dealing with the steady stream of lies about my boss and the organization I work for being part of the so-called war on Christmas.
As late as three days ago, September 26, the leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy was still unwilling to distribute a watershed memorandum issued by Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz on "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion."
For years, MRFF has been saying that if the military would only start paying equal attention and giving equal weight to both the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause, many of the problems being reported by our service members would solve themselves.