U.S. Troops Blocked From Baptist Website

As the Obama Administration continues its assault on religious liberties — at least for conservative Christians — now comes word that the Pentagon may be blocking troops’ access to the website of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest evangelical Christian organization on the planet and the second-largest Christian denomination in the United States.

An Air Force officer first revealed the censoring to Fox News, which reported that the officer was blocked from the site by a message that said his Internet activity was being logged and monitored for trying to access a blocked site.

An Army officer also said he received the same or a similar notice when he tried to access the site.

This incident closely follows a widely disseminated email from an Army officer warning other officers to watch out for soldiers who oppose gay marriage, are suspicious of Muslims or advocate border control, comparing them to the KKK or Nazis.

Lt. Col. Jack Rich at Fort Campbell apparently got his information from a list of “hate groups” prepared by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for its anti-conservative paranoia and accusations of racism directed at the Tea Party and other liberal bogeymen.

The SPLC has gone so far as to publicly accuse Christian groups like the American Family Association and Family Research Council, immigration reform groups such as FAIR, and the Tea Party of being the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis, two groups that are violent, racist … and historically run by liberals. (“Nazi” is short for “National Socialist” and the KKK was founded by Democrats to keep blacks in their place after the Civil War.)

In contrast to the fevered fantasies of the Left, the SPLC has been linked to an actual case of terrorism. Floyd Corkins on August 15 last year tried to shoot up the Family Research Council. He entered the building with 100 rounds of ammo and injured the building manager who was nonetheless able to disarm Corkins and capture him.

As part of his plea arrangement, Corkins, a self-described political activist who was ultimately convicted of domestic terrorism, signed a confession in which he admitted using the SPLC’s list of “hate groups” to target the FRC because the Christian group opposes gay “marriage.” Corkins said he used a map on the Southern Poverty Law Center website to find the FRC headquarters and that he planned to kill everyone in the building.

While the thought of anyone in the military command relying on information from the ultra-left radicals at the SPLC is frightening, it must be recognized that the SPLC reflects information that has been churned out by the Obama Administration’s Homeland Security Department, which has issued several reports on the supposed dangers posed by Christians, conservatives in general and military veterans.

That the Pentagon may now be blocking troops’ access to religious materials protected under the First Amendment, in service to the Administration’s anti-Christian, anti-conservative agenda, is disturbing indeed.