DoD's inspector general raps officers for endorsing Christian group in uniform

Yet another example of what can happen when you express personal opinions while in company dress. Remember when we covered this last year? Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, promised at the time to “lay down a withering field of fire and leave sucking chest wounds on these people that are trying to destroy our Constitution.” Sounds like he ended up with flesh wounds instead, but the principle abides:


Investigators concluded that the officers should not have participated in the filming in 2005 of a 10-minute video for Christian Embassy, a nonprofit religious group, which ultimately used the video as a fundraising tool. While Christian Embassy has hosted prayer meetings at the Pentagon for years, the inspector general concluded that the officers’ endorsement of its activities — while in uniform, showing their rank and in the halls of the Pentagon — violated ethical rules.

“The overall circumstances of the interviews emphasized the speakers’ military status and affiliation and implied they were acting within the scope of their official positions as DoD spokespersons,” the report concluded…

Air Force Maj. Gens. Peter U. Sutton and Jack J. Catton Jr., and Army Brig. Gens. Vincent K. Brooks and Robert L. Caslen Jr. were singled out for failing to seek appropriate approval to participate in the video and for violating ethical rules by appearing in uniform while praising the religious group. Retired Army Col. Ralph G. Benson, a former Pentagon chaplain, was also criticized for allowing Christian Embassy unescorted access to the building to film the video and for misrepresenting the purpose of the effort as a promotion of the Pentagon chaplain’s office.


Here’s the group’s website. The video page is still there but I can’t get it to play anymore. You’ll have to make do with screencaps:








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