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December 2013
The Honorable Charles Hagel
Secretary Defense
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington. 20301
Dear Secretary Hagel: the beginning this summer number events had occurred that raised concerns about the
status religious liberties enjoyed America military personnel. Consequently, number
non-profit organizations formed the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition defend the
religious rights that have long been enjoyed members our Armed Forces. his capacity the informal head this coalition like-minded groups, Gen. Boykin wrote you October 24, 2013 express grave concern about equal opportunity (EO) training
incidents Camp Shelby and Fort Hood which our colleagues the American Family
Association (AFA) were singled out and described extremists. believe this categorization
was applied AFA based materials produced the Southern Poverty Law Center. acknowledge the response from the Acting Under Secretary Defense for Personnel and
Readiness, Jessica (Garfola) Wright, who recently recognized what appears problem
with current training materials. your Department considers review current DOD
training resources, imperative that the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
(DEOMI) ensure future materials not rely information from organizations such the
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) any others that engage groundless and highly
pejorative mischaracterizations long-standing ministries and organizations for their own
political purposes. particular, DEOMI materials should not endorse the work the SPLC, since was linked
domestic terrorism federal court February 2013. that time, Floyd Lee Corkins admitted used SPLC website target the Family Research Council (FRC) prior his attack the
organization. According his plea statement the court, Corkins entered the FRC building
August 15, 2012 intending kill many people possible. was stopped only FRC
building manager, Leo Johnson, who Corkins shot. Thus, completely appropriate that was
convicted committing act domestic terrorism, thereby, connecting SPLC this heinous
Despite this damning tie between the Southern Poverty Law Center and actual extremists,
well documented that individual installation briefings continue draw upon SPLC data and
talking points. That would likely encourage other trainers use their materials.
Our coalition believes OSD should issue clear guidance DEOMI and instructing installations stop relying SPLC and other non-governmental sources approved resources for equal
opportunity training other purposes especially, those dealing with such topics hate crimes
and other politically charged activities.
Rest assured that our coalition members will not allow our organizations demonized
DOD agencies. would appreciate update from you following the review DOD training materials.
Before such guidance issued, however, believe would beneficial several
representatives our coalition were meet with you discuss our DOD-wide concerns.
Gary Bauer
American Values
Paul Caprio
Patriotic Veterans
William Becker, Jr.
Freedom (COL) Ronald Crews, USA Retired
Executive Director
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
Lt. General (Ret.) William Boykin
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness Brent Bozell III
Media Research Center
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch
Frank Gaffney
Center for Security Policy
Mathew Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Jeff Mateer
General Counsel
Liberty Institute
Richard Thompson
President and Chief Counsel
Thomas More Law Center
Gary McCaleb, Chief Solicitor,
Exec. for Strategy Implementation
Alliance Defending Freedom
John Wells, Commander, USN Retired
Executive Director
Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
James Poe, CAPT, CHC, USN, Ret.
Tim Wildmon
American Family Association