Fox News' Todd Starnes reports that the U.S. military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention's website on an undetermined number of military bases because it supposedly includes "hostile content." Just a few weeks before, as noted in this space, an Army briefing labeled evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as religious extremists.
The information about the Southern Baptist Convention's website surfaced when an Air Force officer reported that he was unable to log on to SBC.net and that he had received a message that his Internet usage was being monitored and logged because he had tried to visit a blocked website.
The notice, from an organization that guards the Department of Defense's computer network, said, "The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content."
SBC spokesman Sing Oldham said he found this "deeply disturbing" and was not completely satisfied with the Army's response. "While the deputy chief of operation of the U.S. Army has assured us this is a random event with no malicious intent," said Oldham, "the Army must run this to the ground to assure that this is the case."
Random event? Isn't that the same excuse we heard when complaints were made about the Army briefing that labeled Christians as extremists? "Nothing to see here. Just an isolated incident. Move along."
Well, how do these similar "isolated" incidents keep occurring? What makes these alleged lone wolves think they can get away with such revolting behavior? Is there not a growing tendency in this culture, which has now obviously permeated the Army, to make it fair game to paint Christians as fringe misfits with dangerous ideas?
Even if some anti-Christians in the military believe Christianity is offensive, what in God's name would make them believe they have the right to become thought police and selectively suppress First Amendment freedoms (speech, expression, religion, association) -- freedoms our armed forces are charged to protect?
This is further evidence of the intolerance and totalitarianism of the political left, whose "isolated" miscreants continue to trample the very principles they profess to hold sacred.