Whoa!! Hard to top Mikey's 'Hell's frozen over' assessment of this - hard to overstate the importance of - appointment in the midst of the most overtly homophobic administration ever. Reading the story from OutSmart (linked above), it's clear that Gen. Goodwin's fully qualified for the position and will very likely bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the position. One can only wonder whether her appointment isn't a gauntlet thrown down by those responsible for her appointment to an administration that's committed to second class citizenship for a whole slew of our citizens, gays in particular. Living just 35 miles down the road from her prior command, Barksdale AFB I had no idea she was in command there (one would have thought the Air Force would have chosen to highlight that fact) and I was moved by the fact that her personal quarters signage read Col. and Mrs. Goodwin. One can only hope that the AFA has equal good grace. Kudos to those responsible for her appointment and all good wishes to her & her family.
While the current Constitutional 'win' is certainly to be celebrated, it is also critical to understand that pending a sincere commitment by the AFA leadership to upholding the secular precepts of the Constitution, this is merely the latest in a series of battles to keep fundamentalist domionist Christianity from overrunning our nation's military institutions; active duty included. Lobotzke, the latest 'sacrificial lamb' will surely be followed by others, as he is merely the latest in a series of provocateurs attempting, bit by bit, to chip away the 'wall of separation' that keeps us from descending into the Christofascism that so characterized pre-modern Europe and which forced those who settled America to flee. That this is a coordinated effort is obvious since both Lobotzke and his AFA employers could not help but be aware (considering the extensive history of conflict with MRFF over similar issues) of the unconstitutional nature of the provocation. And, considering the profound Christian fundamentalism of the incoming Trump regime one can only expect the provocations to increase in frequency & magnitude and for the willingness to adhere and acquiesce to Constitutional dictates to only wither further. The fight is far from over.
I was going to post a comment on this 'non-fix' to the problem [is that by intent?], but find I cannot improve on 'birdmanblue's' excellent comment! Attaboy Birdmanblue!!
'BirdManBlue's' post is directly on point and I appreciate the insight.
It's hard to know how to respond to this latest affront the the Constitution, the 3rd in 48 hours, from the evidently 'converted' institution formerly known as the United States Air Force Academy, but now more properly the 'Holy Blood of the Lamb School of Sacred Airborne Imperialist Aggression' [a fully taxpayer funded parochial university of Christian fundamentalist dogma and applied military skills]. This most recent affront; evangelizing via a government-sponsored Twitter account by someone who cannot be anything less than intimately aware of the long history of Constitutional violations that have cropped up repeatedly, like a bad case of hemorrhoids, from within the very department in which he works and who occupies a position in the hierarchy in which he should not only be aware of AF directive 1-1 but who should be responsible to insuring it is carried out, cannot be anything less that a supervisor-approved, intentional act of sedition against the Constitution the former AFA is specifically empowered to defend and protect (if I understand correctly, as a civilian, he's not been required to swear such an oath). In his arrogant contempt for the regulations, he doesn't even bother to use a private, non-governmental Twitter account. That would spoil the intent, don't you see?
That as an employee of a government entity, utilizing a government-funded means of communication for proselytizing his personal religious beliefs conflates them to be official government policy in violation of the Constitution's 'Establishment Clause' is unarguable.
Those who colonized this country were fleeing state-mandated religious beliefs in order to freely practice what they believed (let's disregard the genocide & religious dictatorship they themselves practiced upon arrival). When our founders decided to write a constitution laying out the core beliefs of the new nation, they specifically understood that a monolithic state religion was anathema to democracy and led only to religious wars (of which Europe provided aplenty) and therefore specifically forbade it in the document we all now revere. But, those lessons, under the pressure of a few dogmatic and unrelenting fanatics, are destroying the secular democracy endowed to us by the founders and the framework for a new Christofascist theocracy is being laid.
Where's the outrage?
While it may be thought unreasonable to criticize the clinic staff for the single instance of the anti-science 'Discovery Institute's' fundamentalist Christian agitprop being present (perhaps some 'outside agitator' had just put it there) the functional part of the victim's complaint is "... previously on two appointments I had ignored Christian proselytizing materials found there...". In other words, this is an habitual occurrence; hence the clinic staff and, more importantly, their supervisors should have been aware of this repetitive 'attack' on the government clinic's Constitutional requirement to not 'establish' a preferred religion and should have taken the necessary steps (e.g.; posting a sign like 'Please leave no unauthorized material' or more aggressive measures) to insure that its patrons are not confronted with religious proselytizing in a circumstance suggesting it is official U.S. government dogma... one can only imagine the uproar had the document be a Qu'ran! Sadly, however, such tacit endorsement of a 'state religion', dominionist Christianity, has become the rule rather than the exception at AFA. Happily, Mikey & MRFF are johnny-on-the-spot to hold the proper feet to the fire.
As Christian supremacy becomes more & more embedded in the highest levels of our once-secular government, this cadet's actions, whether an informed & intentional act of sedition against the Constitution he's sworn to protect & defend, or merely the act of an ignorant naif, once more places the AFA, an hotbed of recurrent domionist Christian influenced anti-constitutional acts, at the center of the 'no establishment' clause. By virtue of making his religious statement in uniform, he lends the weight & power of the U.S. government to his religious ideology; an act the founders knew led to unending religious conflicts and their attendant horrors and consequently forbade in the founding document. In the past, the AFA hierarchy has seen fit to empower regime-friendly 'kangaroo courts' to assess compliance with Constitutional obligations (e.g.; the football team's prayer circles issue absolution) producing the expected result of 'no problem'. One has little hope that this latest transgression will result in a 'teachable moment' any more than those prior have done.
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