Saturday, May 04, 2013

Fox News claims that President Obama is engaged in a "Christian cleansing" of the military. WTF?

Courtesy of Media Matters:  

Fox News' Sean Hannity and Todd Starnes portrayed restraints on proselytization as proof of the Obama administration's purported "war on religious liberty in the military," despite the fact that military policy has long prohibited unwanted proselytization. 

On the May 2 edition of his Fox News show, Hannity claimed that a Pentagon statement reiterating the military's longtime policy against proselytizing was proof of Obama's "war on religious liberty." Starnes added that Christians were "under significant attack" by the Obama administration, under which "we have seen a Christian cleansing of the United States military."

As many of you remember we first talked about this claim when Palin sent out her tweet on Wednesday demanding the the President address this paranoid overreaction. (Yeah like he has the time, of desire, to respond to every paranoid overreaction experience by this lunatic.)

At that time I did not know if this Pentagon statement even existed for sure, since hte Breitbart article that quoted it did not cite their source. However Media Matters is much more professional and provided the actual statement, which completely refutes the claims of Fox News and Sarah Palin:

"Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, in an email. 

"If a service member harasses another member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, then the commander takes action based on the gravity of the occurrence. Likewise, when religious harassment complaints are reported, commanders take action based on the gravity of the occurrence on a case-by-case basis." 

Christensen said there are no plans to single out evangelical Christians for punishment, despite claims of activists. 

"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members," he said.

So no court martials for evangelizing and no "cleansing" of Christianity from the military.

These are obviously VERY reasonable guidelines that only serve to protect people in the military from being harassed by religious zealots while they are trying to do their jobs and serve out their military service.

The ONLY people who would see this as an attack on religion are brain damaged morons, Sarah Palin. and Fox News. Assuming there is a difference of course.


  1. Anonymous3:06 PM me....I can't take the stupidity anymore.........

  2. Anonymous3:21 PM

    Time for a right wing troll alert!

  3. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Hard news? On top? MUAH, indeed! You go, Ted!

  4. Anonymous4:14 PM

    The paranoid already have a petition to save the christians from persection in the military. Id.iots

  5. This is just another example how Christians are the most persecuted minority in the history of the world. Someday I'll be rich enough to join Landover Baptist and be assured an "E" ticket to heaven..

    1. Anonymous8:45 AM

      wow, love how they don't allow reading of crime-oriented comic books, no tampons, no long earrings, no skipping, no rock music.... and if that isn't crazy enough
      "failure to have a demon-possessed infant sterilized".

      I wonder why people would start to view Christians as crazy......

    2. Anonymous8:49 AM

      ok I looked at the site some more and have finally realized that it is a parody......

  6. Anonymous4:21 PM

    HOLY SHIT Lego Head is wearing Bristol clothes- the one she wore for Vanity Fair party

    1. Anonymous4:26 PM

      Send more money. I'm wearing hand-me-downs now. - Sarah Ivana Heath Palin

  7. Fox News can claim anything they like...except being a News Channel. Prefer to call it the Fools Channel.

  8. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Faux is not going to be happy until something really, REALLY bad goes down. And then they'll claim innocence from inciting it all in the first place.
    M from MD

    1. Anonymous5:06 PM

      That's what I worry about. They know how to whip up hate.

    2. Anonymous6:22 PM

      There's a name for it:

      They are furiously chumming in the waters of hate.

  9. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Hannity is the dumbest, meanest little asshole at Fox News, and that is no small accomplishment. It's a tossup between him and Doocey on the subject of who has the most punch-able face, though.

    1. Anonymous5:33 PM

      i give the win to sean, because he has such a tiny mouth in his big face. check it out. doocy annoys because of his long neck but sean's pursed lips are unbearable.

  10. Anonymous4:48 PM

    the issue of forcing military folks to follow a christian path is an old old subject. The Air Force was slapped down several years ago for doing that, and complaints have been filed against proselytizing commanders for decades.
    why is hannity bringing it up now as if it's new? I'm with M from MD that hannity is inciting violence and Palin is doing it too.
    Sick puppies.

  11. This Axis of Knuckleheads couldn't defeat the president in his reelection bid... the impeachment nonsense is demonstrably a non-starter... so what have they left?

    None dare call these solicitors of murder the treasonous vermin they are? Hannity in particular needs hope I stay busy and keep fulfilled.

  12. Any 'news' report by Todd Starnes can be instantly discredited and ignored. Nearly [if not all] of his previous 'reports, including this one...have already been debunked.

  13. Anonymous5:19 PM

    Oh, Hannity and FOX - go screw yourselves. All you spread is lies and crap!

  14. Anonymous6:46 PM

    I'm thrilled they realize how artful PBO is at multi-tasking. One minute he's shirking his duty by taking vacations and playing golf and the next he's ripping religion from the military, hatching his plan to take everyone's guns and passing out free stuff to liberals while single-handedly dismantling the Constitution.

    Each of the RWNJs should be sending him a big fat commission check every month cause he's keeping their bank accounts stuffed. Without him they'd all be pressing Congress to extend Federal & State unemployment programs so they could survive a few more weeks.

  15. Anonymous7:33 PM

    There are better reasons for the military rules about religion--and those rules are nothing new, but the christian right wingers keep pushing it.

    The Air Force has had to be given a smack down a few times over it already--Colorado Springs evangelicals were turning the Air Force Academy into their very own christian club.

    Imagine PFC Such & Such bible thumping in Islamic countries trying to convince the locals Jesus Is The One True Way.
    Yes, some of them are ~that~ stupid.

    It greatly endangers the mission and the people around it.


  16. Anita Winecooler7:50 PM

    We'll hear about this again, and again... Some assclown will cite this and expand upon it, cause it was on Fox news and it must be true!

    I feel pretty boys pain, if the preacher showed up in in his work clothes, the haul up bullshit mountain would have been much easier.


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