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Major Dowty, Christian, Bullies Non-Believing Subordinates

FlagcrossIs there anything more frightening than heavily armed men with God on their side? A great many such men may be found at Officers' Christian Fellowship, an organization of United States military personnel who believe in a "a spiritually transformed military, with ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit."

At Freethought Blogs, Chris Rodda writes about one member of the OCF, a Major Jonathan Dowty, who runs a blog called Christian Fighter Pilot:

As a devout Christian officer, Major Dowty has made it a practice to publicly attack and defame atheist and other non-Christian enlisted service members by name, knowing that they can’t respond to defend themselves because he’s an active duty officer, so it would be insubordinate for them to respond to him.

Major Dowty has relentlessly targeted five particular service members on his christianfighterpilot.com blog — three atheists and one Muslim in the Army, and one Air Force tech sergeant who practices an earth-centered religion. All of these service members are or have been clients of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), and include my fellow blogger here on Freethought Blogs, foxhole atheist SGT Justin Griffith.

Well, one of the soldiers Major Dowty has been lying about on his blog, SGT Dustin Chalker, just got out of the Army, and is now free to fight back against this Christian bully who has dogged him for the last three years.

 Here's an excerpt from Sgt. Chalker's message for his former superior:

You should be ashamed of yourself, JD. For years you’ve made a hobby of publicly attacking subordinate lower enlisted and NCO’s who can’t defend themselves against your constant defamation. The last time I engaged you on this website, I found out that you are still an active duty field grade officer and had to end the conversation. You, clearly, have no such reservations about good order and discipline, and seem to enjoy dragging your subordinates’ names through the mud. What do you think is the effect when the leaders, peers, and subordinates of your targets come across the unprofessional and inappropriate public attacks you launch against your subordinates? How does it make you feel smearing subordinates who can’t say a word back to you? You get to blast out all of the defamation you want from behind the cover of that little oak leaf.

I’m not worried about that any more, Dowty. Let’s drag your name around for a little while and see what your leaders, peers, and subordinates think.

Sgt. Chalker proceeds to rebut the nasty article Major Dowty penned about him back when Sgt. Chalker couldn't fight back. Read the whole rebuttal here. It's quite vivifying. Must have felt good to get all that out.

Needless to say, Major Dowty doesn't much like the "homosexuals" under his command, either.

[HT: Pharyngula.]

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  1. @Brandon

    Did you mean "vilifying," where you've written "vivifying?"

    Posted by: Fahd | Nov 5, 2011 5:29:22 PM


  2. xtians destroy unit cohesion

    Posted by: say what | Nov 5, 2011 5:29:39 PM


  3. brandon! thanks for working the weekend. great reporting. thank you. you rock!

    Posted by: eric | Nov 5, 2011 5:30:24 PM


  4. Don't care how great this fool's military expertise may be, or what his record is. This is a disgrace to the military and he should be immediately court martialed.

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 5, 2011 5:32:19 PM


  5. Even though we're dealing with the military here, I wouldn't be surprised if this display of ridiculousness that's now been thrust into the public light will be met with some sort of reprecussions.

    And as a Christian, this kind of behavior is so antithetical to what most Chistians believe and most of us hate having our faith hijacked by assh*les and idiots. Something the military has no shortage of either...of every religious and nonreligious persuasion.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 5, 2011 6:27:06 PM


  6. Dear Fahd:

    Nope. Vivifying.

    Thanks,
    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 5, 2011 6:54:58 PM


  7. Dear Eric:

    Thanks!

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 5, 2011 6:55:23 PM


  8. Fahd. Vivifying is a word. And makes way more sense in the context than vilifying.

    Posted by: Brad | Nov 5, 2011 7:33:13 PM


  9. "Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings". People like this officer are no different then the ones that attacked us on 9/11. Just fools believing in fairy tales and mysticism.

    Posted by: DearComrade | Nov 5, 2011 11:55:34 PM


  10. people like this man have no place in a command position the u.s. military.

    Posted by: walter | Nov 6, 2011 1:06:46 AM


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  12. And so the slow crawl toward facism continues. You'll recognize it when it arrives, because it'll be wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross and packing.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Nov 6, 2011 8:58:10 AM


  13. Onward, Christian soldiers! This was founded to be a Christian nation! And I am the Queen of Belgium.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 6, 2011 11:29:12 AM


  14. Don't you just love these hate filled Christians? Kind of makes you wonder what Jesus would have done had they given him a uniform and a gun. Now exposed, if the military handles this as it should according to the UCMJ , Major Dowty's military career should be coming to a screeching halt very soon.

    Posted by: Tyron | Nov 8, 2011 12:49:36 PM


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