Earlier this week I was contacted on Facebook by an Air Force tech sergeant who told me that FTB was being blocked on Air Force computers. The reason he was given for our site being blocked was that FTB is a “blog based” site. So, this airman checked to see if religious “blog based” sites were also being blocked. What he found was that christianfighterpilot.com, the blog of Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty was not blocked.
Major Dowty’s blog is best known for its posts bullying low ranking, non-Christian enlisted military members who can’t respond to defend themselves because Major Dowty is a superior officer. But recently, with the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the main theme of his blog has become the promotion of his anti-gay opinions. He also frequently posts political content, including criticizing Obama (his commander-in-chief), and has done quite a bit of bashing of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Yet the Air Force has not blocked Dowty’s blog, which he calls his “ministry.”
The tech sergeant who let me know that FTB is being blocked is the subject of a post on Major Dowty’s blog this morning. Dowty was apparently trolling atheist Facebook pages again, and saw that the tech sergeant mentioned in the comments on a Facebook post that he’s going through the system to try to get FTB unblocked and/or to get christianfighterpilot.com blocked, since both FTB and religious sites like christianfighterpilot.com should be treated equally. FTB and christianfighterpilot.com are both blog based sites that express opinions on religion, LGBT issues, politics, etc. Therefore, the Air Force either has to block both or neither.
I will, of course, be following this issue closely, and will post any updates as the tech sergeant navigates the system and fights to get the Air Force to treat atheist/secularist and religious websites equally.