Those who have been reading my blog here for a while are probably quite familiar with Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty, a.k.a. the “Christian Fighter Pilot.” I’ve written fairly often about this fine officer — about his cyber bullying of enlisted service members who can’t respond to defend themselves because he is an officer, about his disturbing obsession with Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), and most recently about his numerous posts on the subject of “homosexuals” serving in the military.
A few days ago, I noticed that the links in some of my posts to posts on Maj. Dowty’s “Christian Fighter Pilot” blog were broken, so I went to his blog to see why these links weren’t working. I noticed immediately that the look of Maj. Dowty’s blog had changed, and at first thought that the broken links might just have something to do with him reformatting his blog, and that the URLs to the posts I had linked to might have changed.
Since a number of the broken links were to Maj. Dowty’s posts about the “homosexuals,” I figured the easiest way to find these posts would be to use the search function on his blog and do a search on the word “homosexuals.” But when I did the search, I got a message saying, “Sorry, but nothing matched your search criteria. Please try again with some different keywords.” Knowing that Maj. Dowty had written a plethora of posts containing the word “homosexuals,” I thought that maybe the search function on his blog wasn’t working, so I tried a few searches on other words that frequently appear in his posts, and all of those other searches worked just fine, returning the expected hits. I then did a search on the terms “don’t ask don’t tell” and “DADT,” which returned a handful of hits, but nowhere even close to the number of posts that I know he has written about the repeal of DADT. That’s because almost all of the posts he’s written about DADT, most of which were homophobic rants, naturally contained the word “homosexuals.”
Doing a little more checking, I found that something else was also gone. On Maj. Dowty’s homepage, there is a “Features” section that has featured the same five posts for years. One of the five is a post from 2010, titled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Christian Military Perspective.” The link to that post is still listed on the homepage, but clicking on it now leads to a page with the message: “This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it? It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.” The links to the other four posts still lead to those posts.
Clearly, every post on Maj. Dowty’s blog containing the word “homosexuals” has been deleted.
Did Maj. Dowty have a change of heart and suddenly realize that these posts were not only extremely offensive but completely inappropriate for an active duty U.S. military officer to be posting? Yeah, sure. And a pig just flew past my window, too.
The deletion by Maj. Dowty of his offensive anti-gay posts is much more likely the result of the pressure kept up on Air Force leadership by MRFF’s Director for LGBT Affairs, Edie Disler. As I wrote back in December, a letter from Disler to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh resulted in the first action ever taken by the Air Force to restrain the virulently homophobic Maj. Dowty, who had to edit one of his posts in which he had blamed an incident of bestiality by a Marine on the repeal of DADT.
The editing of only one of Maj. Dowty’s countless homophobic rants, however, was absolutely not enough, and MRFF has kept up the pressure on Air Force leadership to do much more than that. With the sudden removal by Maj. Dowty of all of his posts about the “homosexuals,” it appears that we’ve finally succeeded.
But the story doesn’t end there. You see, Maj. Dowty has a friend and ally over at FOX News named Todd Starnes, who seems to have become as obsessed with MRFF as Maj. Dowty himself. Starnes, a long time antagonist of MRFF, is one of the “journalists” who has jumped on the recent lies about Mikey Weinstein and MRFF that are being spread by breitbart.com, the Family Research Council, and certain members of Congress.
Most recently, Starnes penned an article titled “Congressman: Troops Being Punished For Expressing Religious Faith,” in which he listed a bunch of examples of alleged Christian “persecution” by the military. Topping Starnes’s list was this:
“A service member received a ‘severe and possibly career-ending reprimand’ for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.”
Now, Starnes did not mention Maj. Dowty or his “Christian Fighter Pilot” blog by name, so I can’t proclaim with a hundred percent certainty that Maj. Dowty is the service member to whom Starnes was referring, but what other blogger who Starnes would even know about just removed all of his posts about “homosexuals” from his blog? I report, you decide.