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Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups

Don’t donate to the tea party or to  evangelical Christian groups —  that was the message soldiers at a  pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood  said they  received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the  meeting.

If you do, you could face punishment  — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News.

The briefing was Oct. 17, and about a half-hour of it was devoted to   discussion about how perceived radical groups — like tea  party  organizations and the Christian-based American  Family Association — were  “tearing the country apart,” one unnamed soldier  said, to Fox News.

Among the remarks the agent allegedly made: Military members who  donate to  these groups would be subject to discipline under the Uniform  Code of Military  Justice, the soldier reported.

Liberty Institute has stepped in to investigate. Michael  Berry, one  of the nonprofit’s attorneys, said he has been advising the  soldier  about his options — but that in the meanwhile, he said the American   public should be on guard.

“The American public should be outraged that the U.S.  Army is  teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and tea party  members  are enemies of America and that they can be punished for supporting or   participating in those groups,” Mr. Berry said, in Fox News. “These   statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious  charge.”

The solider said he was worried about getting in trouble for speaking  of the  incident to the press. But he also wondered how that advisement  would play  out.

The soldier said, Fox News reported: “Can I tithe? Can I donate to  Christian  charities? What if I donate to a politician who is a part of  the tea party  movement?”

Another soldier in attendance at the meeting confirmed the threat of   punishment was made, Fox News reported. But the Army officials at Fort  Hood said in a report that the soldiers’ claims weren’t  true.

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Me Here...........As a retired Army National Guardsman, this story if true is most upsetting!  The military is supposed to have a tradition of staying out of politics.  The member is free to their views and who they support so long as it is done on their own time out of uniform.



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