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November 24, 2013

Anti-Christian military bias?: Area leaders weigh in on issue of cultural shift

JOHNSTOWN — The cultural shift taking place in Washington and in American society is raising concerns from local military leaders.

To date, nine generals and flag officers have been terminated by the Obama administration.

Retired Army Maj Gen. Patrick Brady told World Net Daily: “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”

Cambria County President Commissioner and retired Air Force Col. Douglas Lengenfelder and retired Marine Corps Col. John Hugya expressed their concern with issues facing the country.  

“In the last year, it appears that President (Barack) Obama has fired more flag officers (generals and admirals) than anybody else in history in one year,” Lengenfelder said. “The fact that he has removed more flag officers than any other commander-in-chief to me says something – there’s a culture shift.

“It goes back to basic beliefs,” he said. “There’s a disconnect between our military leaders and the commander-in-chief.”

Three of nine high-ranking officers at the time of the Benghazi attack have been dismissed, and yet the Obama administration has failed to hold a single administration official accountable, according the Trumpet.com news site.

What’s more, news articles attacking Christians in the military are cropping up at an alarming rate.

Michael L. Weinstein, founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) posted an article for Huffington Post refering to Christians in the military as “evil” and calling them “monsters.”

He writes: “Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed force.”

Lengenfelder noted he and Weinstein were classmates at the Air Force Academy in the late 1970s.

“He comes across as pretty radical,” Lengenfelder said. “He felt he was not treated correctly within the academy and has made it a personal vendetta to go after – specifically – the Air Force Academy.”

Hugya, who is campaigning for the 12th Congressional District seat, sees larger stakes.

Though he doesn’t perceive an anti-Christian bias in the military, he does see it nationwide.

“There’s an anti-Christian bias that permeates society,” Hugya said. “I’m a Christian. I don’t care if you call him Allah or whatever. There is a supreme being. God and country, those things go together.”

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

 

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