To understand how it is that so many far-right wing politicians and media personalities are able to produce, without hesitation, so many crazy, unfounded, completely unhinged conspiracy theories, one after another, you only need to understand three things about the mindset of the unhinged, far-right American.
- If you are opposed to allowing preferential treatment to whites and/or Christians, that means you are discriminant against whites and/or Christians.
- If you do not agree with them 100% of the time, you are the enemy and are plotting to destroy America.
- “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” So if you are their enemy, that must mean you are allied with all of their other enemies too.
Simply put, everything is strictly black or white. There is no such thing as indifference or partial support in the extremist mentality. There is only their very strict, very narrow view of what is right, and everything else.
This is all demonstrated perfectly in the latest conspiracy theory, which was put forward by Jerry Boykin, vice president of the Family Research Council.
Boykin’s conspiracy theory begins with a simple Air Force memo, which reminds officers and supervisors to “avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”
Because Christians are not exempted from the “no preaching” rule, Boykin and the FRC now believe the military is preparing to court martial Christians. Because not showing preferential treatment to Christians is, in their view, discriminatory against Christians.
This, Boykin alleges, is part of a “liberal-Marxist agenda” that seeks to destroy the military in order to remove “traditional American values” and “take God out of society so that people become dependent upon government.”
“This is all about a very liberal-Marxist agenda,” said Boykin. “This nation was founded on a totally new concept called unalienable rights, God-given rights. If you look at every Marxist movement there’s always been an effort to take God out of the society so that people become dependent upon the government and I think that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.
“If you go after the military, you go after really what I think is the bedrock of America because the organization and the institution in America that has maintained American values more than any other has been our military and there has been an incremental erosion of our military.
“Changes that are being proposed and changes that are being enacted in our military are eroding the military in terms of its prestige, in terms of its ability to maintain traditional American values. You change the values in this society by going after the bedrock and I think that’s why the military has been targeted for this.
Boykin went on to call the move a “direct assault on Christianity” engineered by people who are not only “deliberately trying to destroy not only the chaplaincy” but also “trying to destroy our military.”
All of this stems from a simple reminder to treat everyone equally.