Space Force officer pays high price for ripping CRT

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Chad Groening, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

LTC Matthew Lohmeier (USAF photo)A former Air Force chaplain says an American military patriot discovered last week that "resisting the party line" and criticizing critical race theory can get you fired from a command post.

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier (pictured) is a former fighter pilot who became commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. But Lohmeier was relieved of that command on Friday after he blasted critical race theory, saying it is rooted in Marxism. Lohmeier made that assertion on a podcast he produced to promote his self-published book, "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & The Unmaking of the American Military."

Appearing Monday night on Fox News' with Sean Hannity, Lohmeier shared some background to his being relieved of duty. "I began noticing some time ago – and not just in the past few months but over the past several years – an increasing relevance of what I saw was Marxist ideology parading around by other names," Lohmeier told Hannity.

He also explained that in February, the secretary of defense had issued a guidance memo basically instructing all service members to combat "extremist ideologies" within the military – "and to take it upon ourselves to protect one another and to speak up and educate one another about extremist ideologies when we discovered them causing divisions within the force," he added, noting he was paraphrasing that guidance.

He shared that over the past ten months as commander of the unit, he had witnessed videos being sent out to service members – in preparation for extremism stand-down days and discussions on race.

"[In those videos] we were taught that the country was evil, that it was founded in 1619 and not 1776, and that whites are inherently evil. So, I speak up against those things in my book," he explained.

One News Now spoke with former Navy Chaplain Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Klingenschmitt, Gordon (former Navy chaplain)"It's sad when political correctness can end the stellar career of a squadron commander," he shares. "Lt Col. Lohmeier is obviously a patriot, obviously loves his country – and yet he published a book that came out at the same time that Joe Biden was insisting on a racism stand-down to re-educate all of the military. So, resisting the party line … in this case may have gotten him fired."

But Klingenschmitt – who now runs the Pray In Jesus Name project – is convinced this is clearly a violation of Lohmeier's constitutional rights.

"Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines do not forfeit their constitutional rights when they join the service," he argues. "If anything, they should have enhanced rights because they defend the Constitution for everybody else – so it should also be applied to them."

According to Military.com, Lohmeier had consulted with his base public affairs and legal counsel about his book and its contents, and was told it wasn't required that the Pentagon review the book prior to its release. His intent in publishing the book, according to that report, was that the Defense Department "might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it ahs honorably done throughout history."


Photo credit: In July 22, 2015 file photo above, Capt. Matthew Lohmeier, 460th Operations Group Block 10 chief of training, stands in the Standardized Space Trainer on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. (Darren Scott/U.S. Air Force)

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