I am a member of a blog group of current and former Naval Intelligence personnel. We may receive anywhere from five to 20 emails a day concerning open source intelligence information from around the world. While it is very tempting to slide from intelligence issues into religious or political arenas, the moderator is very diligent in keeping everyone on track. However, tonight I received an email about the new head of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins, USAF.
In a brief that he gave to agency employees that he titled “Ronnie’s Rules,” he gave an outline of his 18 priorities. His lead-off slide stated, “Always put God first, and stay within His will.” The last slide stated, “Always remember God is good – all the time!” To say that some of his employees were “concerned” would be an understatement. For many decades now it has been taboo for commanders, or anyone other than official military chaplains to speak of God. Some person who, I believe, has no regard for America took an obscure passage from a Thomas Jefferson letter and blew it up into the creed of separation of church and state.
The moderator of the Naval Intelligence blog group sent out a note that this type of posting was not appropriate for this forum. Normally I agree with this type of decision when members get into political or religious discussions but in this case I cannot agree.
One of our learned and well-reasoned members has made an outstanding argument that we as intelligence professionals should be very concerned about the religious nature of our country and military. He made the point from the view of infiltration of subversive elements. These elements have taken place over the life of our country but have increased over the past 60 or so years. Of particular concern is the infiltration of anti-American thought which has seeped into our education system to the point that now very little if any American thought is taught in our schools. Even our sitting president has called the US “a Muslim nation.” At this point in time that is only wishful thinking; but wait another 10 years and that may not be the case.
We as intelligence professionals should be very concerned with this infiltration. Of course, most of us are retired or no longer on active duty so we can look at and study any open source material on any arena we wish. Unfortunately, those on active duty cannot do this due to Executive Order 12333. This E.O. prohibits national level intelligence agencies from looking within the borders of the US. But those of us on the “gray beard” side of the line can look at these issues as they concern us.
But somebody in the Intelligence Community (IC) had better be doing it with the view of the Muslims striving to force Sharia law on us. At this time in our history, the main stream media will only identify the bad guys by name and/or nationality. For instance, an illegal Moroccan immigrant was caught just a few days ago in a plot to bomb the US Capitol. Does anyone want to bet he was Muslim and was planning on this deed as a way to further his religion?
When we look at our own history we need to go back to the Founders. Those of you who have read these pages over the years know that I love referring back to the Founders. In the late 1700s and early 1800s no man was more revered in the United States than George Washington. He led our country to freedom and brought this new nation through the harsh transition from war to an effective new type of government; one that had never been tried. It has been reported that he spent at least one hour each morning in prayerful contemplation of the Bible. In his farewell address published on 19 September 1796, he wrote:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Would Washington approve of the chastisement military leaders such as Lt. Gen Hawkins are sure to receive? We should be looking at this issue from two points of view. First and foremost is the moral character of our country. God has been taken out of our schools. The primary reading primer of the 1800s was the Bible. I contend the morality of our country was on a much higher plane than it is today. When you look at the debauchery that is depicted in the entertainment industry I can only imagine what the Founders would think if they were to see it.
The other point of view that is equally important is that of examining those forces seeking to destroy the very core of our country; Muslims who are striving to institute Sharia law within our country. A number of states have already passed laws stating that no foreign laws are to be considered when cases are brought before the bench. When these laws are passed, the Muslims scream. They say it is a violation of the First Amendment and therefore unconstitutional.
Really? Is it unconstitutional to uphold the laws of the United States? Is it really wrong for a commander to tell his employees where he stands on the issue of his faith? Just remember, there is NO language in the Constitution dictating a separation of church and state.
As always, I welcome your comments and discussion,