Over the past month or so, much ado about nothing has been made over the content of certain songs performed by the band Aiden, one of the bands that will be performing at Rock Beyond Belief, the secular festival taking place at Fort Bragg on March 31.
The controversy over Rock Beyond Belief was manufactured by Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty on his Christian Fighter Pilot blog, described by him as his “ministry.” Major Dowty’s one man crusade against Rock Beyond Belief has consisted of a string of posts implying that non-theists are incapable of putting on a family friendly event. Clearly, the evil atheists plan to subject the babies at Fort Bragg to all manner of obscenity and evil before barbecuing them later in the evening for a tasty snack.
You guys remember Major Dowty, right? He’s that Air Force officer who bullies and lies about atheist and non-Christian enlisted service members by name on his blog (including Rock Beyond Belief organizer Sgt. Justin Griffith), knowing that they can’t respond to defend themselves because he’s an active duty officer and they must respect his rank no matter what he says about them. Dowty is also disturbingly obsessed with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and its founder Mikey Weinstein, having written hundreds of lengthy rants about or mentioning MRFF, Mikey, or other people associated with MRFF. Writing posts for his blog at a pace that any full time blogger would find difficult to match, one has to wonder when this Christian Fighter Pilot finds time to fly a plane. Major Dowty is also a member of the Officers’ Christian Fellowship, an organization of over 15,000 Christian military officers who seek to “reclaim territory in the military for Christ,” and raise up a military of “ambassadors for Christ in uniform.”
What Major Dowty did as part of his quest to cause problems for Rock Beyond Belief was to write several posts about Aiden on his Christian Fighter Pilot blog, selectively highlighting and misrepresenting the lyrics of one of their songs. These posts were read by Dowty’s new man crush, Todd Starnes of FOX News. Starnes, who was already in the habit of lying about and misrepresenting MRFF, jumped on Major Dowty’s anti-Aiden, anti-Rock Beyond Belief bandwagon (if you can call a lone anti-atheist, religious fanatic blogger a bandwagon), writing an article titled “Church-Burning Video Used to Promote Atheist Event at Ft. Bragg,” in which he linked to one of Major Dowty’s posts.
Was Aiden really promoting arson in their song? Of course not. But that’s no reason for FOX not to put out a headline implying they were.
Well, in a shocking development, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has uncovered video of one of the speakers for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s Rock the Fort events advocating the burning of military bases! (It was, of course, one of these Billy Graham Rock the Fort events, held at Fort Bragg in 2010, that sparked the idea for the secular Rock Beyond Belief festival.)
Footage from a promotional video from a previous Rock the Fort event at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri clearly shows that a Billy Graham Evangelical Association speaker who was appearing at that event was advocating burning down Fort Leonard Wood, very clearly saying that they were there to “SET THIS PLACE ON FIRE” and that they were going to commit this act of arson “FOR JESUS!”
Video doesn’t lie! The Billy Graham Evangelical Association is clearly on a mission to burn down Army bases! Therefore, the U.S. military should ban all future Rock the Fort events!