The National Holiday of Christmas should not be recognized in the Army according to an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute or at least, so say the soldiers who attended an Army briefing in which they were told to replace the word “Christmas” with “holiday”.
The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute has an appropriately Orwellian-sounding name. They serve in the role of PC police apparently.
Fox News Radio personality, Todd Starnes, has become the sentinel of PC and American tradition. This latest story he picked up will surely raise a lot of peoples’ blood pressure.
The Army now has word police, can thought police be far behind?
The Liberty Institute is representing an anonymous soldier who filed a complaint against any banning of the word “Christmas”.
A briefing at a Mississippi base was stopped by the officer from the Institute:
“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me (Michael Berry, lawyer for The Liberty Institute). “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”
The officer tried to say it was the Army’s rules.
Absurdly, she said “an individual can say Christmas, but as an organization in the Army you can’t say Christmas,” the soldier said.
The Army responded to The Liberty Institute and said there is no such policy banning the word “Christmas” and the discussion that took place was meant as team building only. The officer only wanted to convey the message that it would be better to call the football event a holiday event and not a Christmas event.
The soldiers in the room said this is untrue, according to Liberty Institute.
Even if it were true, isn’t the whole thing ridiculous?
“She stated that the word Christmas had to be replaced with the word holiday,” the Liberty Institute attorney, Michael Berry, said.
The anonymous soldier who filed the complaint said it is one more instance of the Army trying to curtail our public expressions of faith. They don’t like Christian values.
Earlier this year, Starnes reported that a briefing at the same camp labeled the Christian group, the American Family Association, a hate group at the urging the communist front organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The far-left will not stop until they succeed. They will keep throwing out these trial balloons and a lot of people will cave.
The Military Freedom from Religion Foundation has been behind a lot the the anti-Christian crusades in the military and they have a willing accomplice in the secular brass appointed to lead the Pentagon by Mr. Obama. Their irrational-sounding leader, Mikey Weinstein, was the impetus for the recent removal of a nativity scene from the soldier’s GITMO cafeteria.
Mikey sues constantly and that causes people to back down because they don’t have the funds to take him on.
Bill O’Reilly took Weinstein on and it didn’t end well for the blowhard, Mikey:
Weinstein also demanded the words, “So Help Me God,” be removed from the Air Force oaths.
Prior to that, Weinstein complained about a poster with the oath on it.
On another occasion, he demanded a chaplain be disciplined for using the words, “there are no Atheists in foxholes,” in an article in the Chaplain’s Corner of the military magazine.
Weinstein can be heard on this video carrying on about the poster:
via The Kelly File
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