Fort Hood Soldiers Say They Were Told Not to Donate to Tea Party or Face Punishment
According to reports by Todd Starnes at Fox News and the Washington Times, soldiers at Fort Hood claim they were told during a recent pre-deployment briefing not to donate money to evangelical Christian groups or the Tea Party.
Soldiers were allegedly told that they could face punishment if it’s found that they donate to these groups.
According to Fox News,
A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has launched an investigation into the incident.
“The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and Tea Party members are enemies of America, and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” said Berry, a former Marine Corps JAG officer.
“These statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious charge.”
If true, these instructions to active duty military are disturbing to say the least. To try to influence political and religious actions of our military members is outrageous and these claims should be investigated thoroughly.