“As most 5-year-olds used to be able to tell you, the Ten Commandments are part of the Jewish law. They are found in the Jewish Torah, not just the Christian Bible, though it is politically expedient for critics to ignore that distinction in this context.” – Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty (a.k.a. JD the Christian Fighter Pilot)
Anyone here who’s been a reader of Ed Brayton’s blog over on ScienceBlogs for any length of time will probably remember a commenter there named “JD,” who always seemed to show up whenever Ed posted something about religion in the military, particularly if the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) or Mikey Weinstein was mentioned. JD, an active duty Air Force major named Jonathan C. Dowty, runs a blog called Christian Fighter Pilot, and was writing such lengthy comments on Ed’s blog that other commenters there started to ask when this guy finds time to fly a plane.
In addition to his prolific commenting on what other people write about MRFF, Maj. Dowty has written well over a hundred posts on his own blog about MRFF and/or Mikey Weinstein. And we’re not talking about short posts here; we’re talking about long, detailed rants with numerous links (mostly to his own previous posts), images, etc. This guy is so completely obsessed with Mikey that he spends more time writing about MRFF than I do, and it’s my job to write about MRFF.
In his post this morning, titled “Weinstein Complains of ‘Wretched’ Christian Air Force Training,” Maj. Dowty is defending the Air Force’s so-called “Ethics” training, like that “Jesus Loves Nukes” PowerPoint presentation exposed a few weeks ago by Truthout that not only used Christian theology and numerous Bible verses to justify nuclear war, but quoted former Nazi and SS officer Wernher Von Braun as a moral authority, because Von Braun, upon surrendering at the end of WWII, said, “[W]e felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured.”
As often is the case, once MRFF goes public with something like that PowerPoint presentation, others around the military start coming forward and reporting similar things that they’ve seen going on. So, within days of the news that the Air Force had stopped the “Jesus Loves Nukes” training, MRFF received another PowerPoint, this one from an ROTC instructor. This one was an ROTC “Core Values and the Air Force Member” training presentation. The complaint about this training? Well, let’s start with the “Have no other Gods before me” commandment in the Ten Commandments part of the training.
Here are a few of the slides from the ROTC “Core Values” training.
But Maj. Dowty finds nothing wrong with this. According to this fine Christian Air Force officer, (who is also publicly disagreeing with the decision of his Air Force superiors to pull the “Jesus Loves Nukes” training), there’s nothing wrong with using the Ten Commandments in U.S. military training because, after all, they’re Jewish. It’s the “critics” who try to turn them into a Christian thing because it’s “politically expedient.”
“As most 5-year-olds used to be able to tell you, the Ten Commandments are part of the Jewish law. They are found in the Jewish Torah, not just the Christian Bible, though it is politically expedient for critics to ignore that distinction in this context.”
Right, Maj. Dowty, it’s not all those Christian politicians who want the Ten Commandments in courthouses, and propose things like legislation for Ten Commandments Weekends. That’s not who’s hijacked the Ten Commandments from the Jews! It’s the “critics” of government-sponsored religion!
Another slide in this ROTC presentation, titled “Examples of Personal Values,” lists five examples. Number one is “Grow Spiritually,” which is obviously far more important for future military officers than number five, “Maintain Physical Fitness.”
And, although not nearly as high on the irony meter as Maj. Dowty’s Ten Commandments comment, the ROTC training presentation’s “Checklist for Selecting Values” begins with “Exercise Free Choice.” Sure, that’s certainly the message of this presentation — exercise free choice — anyone can see that! Don’t let all that stuff from the Bible we just showed you let you think that that’s the Air Force’s preferred choice or anything! I mean, we did include that one slide saying that other religions have something like the Christian “Golden Rule” too, right? That should take care of that obligatory diversity crap they make us put in these presentations. Now get out your Bibles and start becoming good Christian Air Force officers as God intended!