Fox News Radio host and op-ed columnist Todd Starnes invited a unique acoustic band composed of U.S. Army soldiers to perform at his annual radio Christmas show. For his Memphis-based show this year, Starnes wanted the Six-String Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band, a four-member group that performs American, folk, bluegrass and Irish music, to bring holiday cheer to his audience.
Unfortunately, Starnes received a rejection letter rather than one of acceptance and gratitude. But it wasn’t a letter stating scheduling conflicts or interference with another event. Rather, after an apparent investigation, the U.S. Army deemed Starnes’ Christmas show as “too religious.”
Here is an excerpt of the letter from Starnes’ op-ed piece regarding the rejection:
“After reviewing your request, we have opined that the show is a religious event, and therefore we cannot provide official support based on restrictions in AR-360-1. We value our relationship with you as well as FOX News and hope you understand our declination is guided by law and Army regulations.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The international holiday has been deemed too religious to participate in according to the U.S. Army’s guidelines. Starnes accredits this to President Obama instilling a fundamental change in American culture, and creating a world of PC-laced complications. Fox News associate Gov. Mike Huckabee also points out the hypocrisy of the politically correct decision.
Excerpted from Starnes’ op-ed:
“Does the Army have Christmas dinner for soldiers deployed? All the shipping or receiving of Christmas gifts? Allow Christmas trees in military facilities? If so, then the Army already acknowledges Christmas.” -Mike Huckabee.
Another excerpt from Starnes’ op-ed pointing out the Army’s hypocritical decision and its politically correct nature:
“This is an example of how absurd political correctness has become. Christmas is a federal holiday. It has a special place in the heart of the American people.” -Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association.
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