We'll discuss the Christian supremacists in the U.S. military and the serious longterm dangers they pose to the rest of us. We'll also talk about the few people who are fighting back against their unconstitutional and illegal activities.
The many Christian supremacists in the U.S. military are very dangerous for the following reasons:
In Afghanistan and Iraq, they justify perception of the U.S. war efforts as an anti-Muslim Christian crusade, thereby justifying Muslim holy war and providing an excuse for terrorism in the name of Islam.
They violate the rights of many U.S. soldiers who are not Christian fundamentalists.
If current trends were to continue unchecked, a sufficiently large number of fanatical, theocratic-minded Christians in the U.S. military, at all levels, could eventually lead to outright sedition and civil war. There already exist military chaplains who embrace the same religiously bigoted grand conspiracy claims (e.g. belief in "the Illuminati") that are commonplace in the militia movement.
Fortunately, there do exist some people who are fighting back -- primarily, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
For more information, see various sources listed in the thread Christian supremacists in the U.S. armed forces (http://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/messages/boards/thread/9427529) on the NYARBB message board.
Our meeting, over dinner, will be preceded and followed by some time for informal socializing.
We welcome all who oppose the religious right wing. We especially welcome people who can inform us about issues affecting their own particular minority group or subculture.
Location and how to find us: We'll be meeting at a Chinese restaurant on 7th Avenue, near Rockefeller Center. (The exact address, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group.) The nearest subway stop is 49th Street on the N, R, and W lines (7th Avenue). Other nearby subway stops are 50th Street on the 1 line (Broadway), 50th Street on the E and C lines (8th Avenue), 47th to 50th Street on the B, D, F, and V lines (6th Avenue), and 7th Avenue on the B, D, and E lines (53rd Street). For those coming from outside the city, Pearls is also approximately a 15-minute walk from Penn Station and approximately a 10-minute walk from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Ask a waiter for "New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry."
We'll be at a table in the UPSTAIRS part of the restaurant. There will be some NYARBB literature on the table.