I was just reading Justin Griffith’s post about the “Pentecostal fans of Newt Gingrich” marriage seminar at Fort Meade, and thought I’d share the latest similar thing to come in at MRFF.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska (a base that has been on MRFF’s radar for quite a while) is really ramping up the fundamentalist activities this fall, heavily pushing the “convert everybody” meme.
The article on the Elmendorf-Richardson website begins:
When Jesus gave his apostles their final orders in Matthew 28:18-20, he didn’t tell them to make converts who would dedicate an hour of their lives on Sunday mornings to him, provided they liked the style of music being sung.
He commanded them to “… make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
So, what’s coming to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to get the U.S. military to help fulfill the “Great Commission” from Matthew 28:18-20?
Well, there’s the “Art Of Marriage” marriage program, which is a program of Family Life, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization that has come right out and stated its goal to turn the military into a force of “government-paid missionaries for Christ.”
Then there’s the “How Shall We Then Live” program by Christian Reconstructionist Francis Schaeffer. The article in the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson says that this program “challenges us to live with a Christian worldview in a world which is growing increasingly hostile toward Christianity.” How bad is this program? Let’s just sum it up by saying that Michele Bachmann said that the reason she got into politics was because she watched the “How Shall We Then Live” video series.
And let’s not forget about getting to the kiddies! Also coming to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is the Child Evangelism Fellowship, which will be starting Good News Clubs in all the elementary schools on base. As I’ve written about before, Child Evangelism Fellowship is the group whose tactics include targeting “unchurched” children on military bases by stalking their school buses. If you don’t know about Child Evangelism Fellowship and their Good News Clubs, I urge you to read Katherine Stewart’s excellent book The Good News Club.
Just like what Justin just posted about Fort Meade, this crap at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is at least in part being paid for with DoD contracts. At any base that has a Religious Education Director, that Religious Education Director is paid for with a DoD contract to bring these kinds of programs to their base. Just stop and think about that for a minute. If you pay taxes, you’re paying to bring to our military the very same program that made Michele Bachmann decide that she needed to go into politics to save America from us scary non-Christians!
For much more on all this DoD contract spending to evangelize the military, see my post from last year, “How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?”