Just last week we were all expected to blindly accept the excuse from Marine officials that the use of the identical logo from Hitler’s Waffen SS wing by a Marine Corps 1st Recon Battalion – which goes something like this - “We didn’t know it what it stood for”, and that any similarities are mere coincidence.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation immediately joined forces with other organizations and spoke out against the use of the Waffen SS flag. Our efforts brought on a backlash of vitriolic emails from their supporters stateside, writing to defend the claims of ignorance to the Nazi symbolism – and that they just happened to create an identical logo that overlays the Waffen SS flag precisely. They have claimed their symbolisim is innocuous and that the ‘SS’ in their case innocently represent “Sniper Scouts”. Riiiiggghhht….
The protests of the use of this symbolism resulted in a significant win for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s efforts to protect our men and women in the armed forces from the dangers posed by religious extremists within our own military. Anti-semitism and American exceptionalism dogma turns back international diplomatic achievments that have cost thousands of lives just in the last decade. These extreme ideologies compromise the safety of our militry in the field by exacerbating tensions and fueling notions that Americans are superior.
“Although the term does not necessarily imply superiority, many neoconservative and American conservative writers have promoted its use in that sense. To them, the United States is like the biblical “shining city on a hill,” and exempt from historical forces that have affected other countries”. ~ Wikipedia
This rhetoric is reinforced by some of the conservative political candidates who pine for the opportunity to spark more conflict in the Middle East which we have recently heard from GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and others. Look no further than here for an entire library of videos that Newt Gingrich and his 3rd wife have produced under Gingrich Productions. They also happily partner together with Citizens United Productions, providing a depiction of revisionist history that rivals the fiction of David Barton.
Herein lies a problem with all of this propaganda – too many self-identified Christian patriot conservatives are lapping up this misinformation and are taking it onto our battle grounds. Just watch this two and a half minute trailer that stokes the fires of paranoia and distrust of all of Islam. The references to the End of Days. Their message is the promotion of a Holy War.
Well here we go again. Today we have been informed about a U.S. Army camp in Afghanistan called Camp Aryan.
How are they going to spin this into an innocent use of “Aryan”?
We will have to wait and see, I am certain it will be about as convincing as the “I didn’t know that was a Nazi Waffen SS logo” argument.
Full disclosure – I am honored to be an Exuctive Board member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and support the freedoms for our men and women in the armed forces against wreckless and dangerous bigotry – while they are fighting for our freedoms here at home.