Friday, August 20, 2010

My New Name for a Blog

So that makes twice this week that I've stolen from Dependable Renegade, which I check a few times a day, but this shit is fucked up, yo.

On May 13, 2010, about eighty soldiers, stationed at Fort Eustis while attending a training course, were punished for opting out of attending one of these Christian concerts. The headliner at this concert was a Christian rock band called BarlowGirl, a band that describes itself as taking “an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God.”

The Commanding General’s Spiritual Fitness Concert Series was the brainchild of Maj. Gen. James E. Chambers, who, according to an article on the website, “was reborn as a Christian” at the age of sixteen. According to the article, Chambers held the first concert at Fort Lee within a month of becoming the commanding general of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee in June 2008. But he had already started the series at Fort Eustis, as the previous commanding general there. The concerts have continued at Fort Eustis under the new commanding general, as well as spreading to Fort Lee under Maj. Gen. Chambers. The concerts are also promoted to the airmen on Langley Air Force Base, which is now part of Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

In the article, Maj. Gen. Chambers was quoted as saying, “The idea is not to be a proponent for any one religion. It’s to have a mix of different performers with different religious backgrounds.” But there has been no “mix of different performers with different religious backgrounds” at these concerts. Every one of them has had evangelical Christian performers, who typically not only perform their music but give their Christian testimony and read from the Bible in between songs.

I'm sure if we had a Democratic president, he'd get right on this shit.

The First Amendment was a really good idea. Too bad we've given up on it.

Picture found here.


Makarios said...
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Makarios said...

From the article:

“Those of us that chose not to attend (about 80, or a little less that half) were marched back to the company area. At that point the NCO issued us a punishment. We were to be on lock-down in the company (not released from duty), could not go anywhere on post (no PX, no library, etc). We were to go to strictly to the barracks and contact maintenance. If we were caught sitting in our rooms, in our beds, or having/handling electronics (cell phones, laptops, games) and doing anything other than maintenance, we would further have our weekend passes revoked and continue barracks maintenance for the entirety of the weekend."

You know, the deep infiltration of the military by the Dominionists, some at very high levels indeed, is very worrisome. If the Talibaptists ever actually attempt to take over the country by force and violence, it may be a tossup as to whether the armed forces would support the government or the insurrectionists.

Anonymous said...

Ye Gods! Shades of The Handmaid's Tale?

Teacats said...

Just flipping scary! Will nobody stand up and truly challenge this kind of activity -- anyone?

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Anonymous said...

When I was in Salem, MA when my granddaughter was 2 years old, we were listening to a band playing. They really sounded good. I listened for about 15 minutes until I realized they were a Christian Rock Band playing in Salem on October 30. Give me a break.