According to its mission statement, Judicial Watch "advocates high standards of ethics and morality in America's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people." Noble cause; and I am grateful that there are people out there still guarding our liberty.
And corresponding to their mission, JW President Tom Fitton had this to say about the afore-mentioned training guide: “This document deserves a careful examination by military leadership. Congress needs to conduct better oversight and figure out what the heck is going on in our military.”
Case in point: The Department of Defense warns students, in the 133-page guide, to be aware that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.” Under a section titled “Extremist Ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
It should come as no surprise that the document relies heavily on information obtained from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftwing organization that has a history of labeling conservative Christian organizations like the Family Research Council as “hate groups.”
So what are we to think when our own government depicts conservatives and Christians as extremists, or seeks to label military personnel who might be members of the American Family Association with the same derogatory term? Why is Christianity and individual liberty so unwelcome in the military? Perhaps because they go hand-in-hand. If the influence of the Christian faith can be systematically removed from our fighting forces, then the respect for self-government and the spirit of freedom-loving Americans can be controlled.
But counting on Congress to conduct better oversight? I agree that we need to find out "what the heck is going on in our military", but I don't think that Congress can get the job done. I choose to rely on a Higher Power to correct the negligence and corruption. It's going to take His power and authority to set this right. And I would suggest the military scrap their 133-page manual for His "training guide." Now there's an extremist ideology that could truly set man free.
John 8:36 "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."