WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Republican Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana grilled U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday Tuesday over recommending that members of the U.S. Navy read a book by far-left race activist Ibram X. Kendi.
Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, cited the Navy’s recent declarations about the need to purge “extremist ideologies that go against our oath to the Constitution” from America’s armed forces and argued that Kendi, the author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, “has espoused extremist beliefs that clearly violate the oath to the Constitution that I took when I served in the Navy. Ibram Kendi, by the way, labeled Amy Coney Barrett a ‘white colonizer’ and criticized her for ‘cutting the biological parents of these children out’ because she adopted two children from Haiti.”
He also cited writings in which Kendi argued “that capitalism is essentially racist” and “white people are a different breed of humans and are responsible for the AIDS virus.” Banks repeatedly asked Gilday if he considers these opinions to be among the “extremist beliefs” the military “will not tolerate.”
Throughout the cross-examination, however, the admiral demurred, saying simply that “I do not support everything Kendi said in his book,” and that “I’d have to understand the context in which the statements were made,” and attempting to change the subject to his professed belief that “there’s racism in the United States Navy.”
“Do you expect that after sailors read this book that says that the United States is racist, that we will increase or decrease morale, cohesion, and recruiting rates into the United States Navy?” Banks asked in conclusion.
“I think we’ll be a better Navy from having open, honest conversations about racism,” Gilday responded.
The steady rise of political correctness within the military, which has persisted since the Clinton years despite the presidencies of Republicans George W. Bush and Donald Trump, has — if anything — been intensified by President Joe Biden, who quickly moved to open the military to recruits suffering from gender dysphoria.
Upon taking office, Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a force-wide stand down “requiring all units to discuss the threat of extremism within 60 days,” as the first step in “a concerted effort to better educate ourselves and our people about the scope of this problem and to develop sustainable ways to eliminate the corrosive effects that extremist ideology and conduct have on the workforce.”
As part of this review, the Pentagon has produced training materials identifying pro-life Americans and government critics as potential “extremists” and is soliciting input from far-left groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, who was recently removed from command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base over his criticism of social-justice ideology’s effect on the military, says that videos presenting Americans and white people as “evil” were “sent out to every base [and] service member,” who “were asked to watch [them] in preparation for” the extremism stand down.
This trend appears to be taking its toll on military readiness. In March, Yahoo News revealed a simulation the U.S. Air Force ran last fall to assess America’s ability to handle a Chinese biological attack, which culminated in disaster — and, according to one official, was not an outlier.
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
Please SIGN this petition to demand that U.S. embassies around the world fly the American flag ONLY!
According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition demanding that the U.S. Department of State rescind permission to fly the BLM flag at U.S. embassies around the world.
Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
The State Department may be contacted by email at this webpage: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
The Office of the Secretary of State may be contacted at this telephone number: 202-647-4000
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