A law firm that defends and promotes Christian heritage and
moral values says two members of Congress are demanding answers
from the Chief of the Staff of the Army for his harsh discipline of
an 18-year veteran Army officer for telling the truth about
More Law Center contends that
the Pentagon is taking its marching orders from Islamic groups
in its disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, a
highly decorated officer with a total of six combat tours during
his career. At the behest of Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey,
Dooley was given a negative Officer Evaluation Report (OER) because
he discussed negative aspects of Islam in an elective course
entitled "Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism" at the
Joint Services Staff College of the National Defense University
Tom Lynch is director of mission advancement at the Thomas More
Law Center. He says Republican Congressmen Tom Rooney of Florida
and Duncan Hunter Junior of California, both military veterans,
want some answers.
"They sit on the House Armed Services Committee," Lynch
explains, "so they contacted us to get some information because
they wanted to draft a letter directly to General Dempsey."
In that letter, dated October 10, 2012, the
congressmen state: "It appears that LTC Dooley led this course well
within the scope of NDU's professorial guidelines .... It is our
understanding that LTC Dooley did not violate any established
University practices, policies or DoD regulations to merit a
According to Lynch, the National Defense University is a fully
accredited institution with certain procedures that must be
followed related to faculty.
"If there were any issues involving a course that's being taught
there, the normal chain would be to have the university handle it,"
he tells OneNewsNow. "So for someone to make a complaint and go
directly to the Secretary of Defense, and then the Joints Chiefs of
Staff making a decision prior to even the inquiry being completed,
we think that that's a big problem."
It is outrageous, Lynch adds, that LTC Dooley is being made a
scapegoat because some Muslims were offended by the content of the