Ret. Major General Robert Dees Says Gays In The Military Are 'Degrading' America's Physical And Moral Readiness
Dees: Greatest Threat To America Isn't Terrorism But Decline Of 'Spiritual Infrastructure'
So the former pediatric neurosurgeon sent in the infantry â€“Â literally, almost.
The new Chairman for the Ben Carson for President 2016Â campaign is retired ArmyÂ Major Gen. Robert F. Dees, former commander of Second Infantry Division,Â a Texas native, and currently a vice president at Jerry Falwell's Christian Evangelical Liberty University.
Dees, 65, has been working with the campaign after meeting Carson while attending services at theÂ Second Baptist Church in Houston. The pair hit it off quickly and Dees began drafting policy positions for the candidate.
At the far-right Values Voter Summit, hosted by the anti-gay hate groupÂ Family Research Council, Dees told the audience last year that the American militaryÂ is being â€œdegraded by social experimentation.â€
â€œNot only are we losing physical readiness to fight, we have to fix the problem of moral readiness,â€ Dees said of allowing open service by LGBT military members.
â€œI think the moral readiness of our forces is even more important than the physical readiness, which is very low,â€ Dees told CNS News in September. â€œThe moral readiness is degraded by social experimentation within our military.â€
Allowing gay people in the military "is not enhancing our readiness," Dees said, insisting, "it declines our readiness. Weâ€™re spending more time on some of these social engineering projects than we are on developing and maintaining readiness in our force."
The author of three books with a forward by Christian evangelist Franklin Graham,Â Resilient Nations, Dees further makes clear his extremist religious beliefs.
"In his 2014 book," Nahal ToosiÂ at Politico writes, "Dees argues that the biggest threat to the United States isn't terrorism or China or Russia but the decline of its 'spiritual infrastructure.' Exhibit A in the argument is the Roman Empire:"Â
"At the height of Roman decadence, good became evil and evil became good," Dees writes in the introduction. "One can rightly argue that the United States is frightfully close to a similar fate. Prayerfully, it is not too late."
"Resilient Nations," part of a trilogy, contains a litany of grievances against President Barack Obama, including accusations that he provides "the Muslim religion 'most favored status'" even as he pursues "anti-Israeli rhetoric and policies." Obama, Dees writes, "has consistently denied 'American exceptionalism' and portrayed weakness."
But Dees' religious beliefs, and how he see the role of Christianity and the military go far, far deeper.
In a November profile in Foreign Policy,Â James Bamford writes Dees "toldÂ a gathering at Wildfire Weekend, an all-male religious retreat, 'My greatest pleasure has been being a private in the Lordâ€™s army.' He also recounted being introduced to Jesus Christ by a math instructor at West Point not long after he enrolled there as a student in 1968. 'Then I went off in the military,' he said, 'as an ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ.'"
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Indeed, Dees believes it is the job of the U.S. military to evangelize the words of Jesus Christ, spreading Christianity throughout the worldÂ â€“ making every war a religious one. Bamford adds, "Dees described his groupâ€™s goal of converting foreign countries to Christianity by evangelizing their militaries."
Dees' belief in evangelizing works universally â€“ he alsoÂ believes service members should spread Christianity and convert within theÂ U.S.
For nearly six years, beginning in March 2005, Dees served as executive director of Military Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ, now called Cru, a Christian evangelical organization with an annual budget of almost half a billion dollars. His Military Ministry was dedicated to converting members of the military to Christian evangelicalism. Under Dees, the organization oriented its mission around â€œsix pillars,â€ the first of which was: â€œEvangelize and disciple enlisted U.S. military members throughout their military careers.â€ According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, whichÂ workedÂ closely with the organization on a conference, â€œretired Maj. Gen. Bob Dees, U.S. Army, outlined goals that [included] evangelizing all enlisted personnel in the U.S. military.
Dees has also described the military as a vehicle to eventually â€œindoctrinateâ€ the American public at large to evangelical Christianity. â€œWe must pursue our particular means for transforming the nation â€” through the military,â€ heÂ notedÂ in a 2005 newsletter published by Military Ministry. â€œAnd the military may well be the most influential way to affect that spiritual superstructure. Militaries exercise, generally speaking, the most intensive and purposeful indoctrination program of citizens.â€
In addition to his work at Liberty University, Dees lectures at military bases around the country. In 2014, he delivered a PowerPointÂ presentationÂ at West Point, his alma mater, entitled, â€œResilient Life & Leadership â€˜God Style.â€™â€ The presentation was filled with quotes from the Bible and Christian messages, including â€œJESUS was the ultimate Resilient Warrior & Leader,â€ â€œYou are faithful, God, You are faithful,â€ and â€œConsider JESUS.â€
Image:Â U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lim Hong-seo