In reporting on the controversy over Franklin Graham being disinvited from the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer observance -- failing to tell his readers that the National Day of Prayer Task Force that Graham represents has grown increasing evangelical and intolerant of other religions and even other Christians who don't precisely share their right-wing views -- Bob Unruh used an April 27 WorldNetDaily article to revive a previous attack on an Army major serving in Afghanistan.
As we detailed at the time, Unruh falsely asserted in December that a research paper written by Maj. Brian L. Stuckert, a student at the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., "calls for Americans to lose the evangelical Christian belief of pre-millennialism because of the damage it does to the nation's foreign interests." In fact, Stuckert -- who was serving in Afghanistan when WND published Unruh's attack -- said no such thing. He examined how the hardline evangelical Christian belief of dispensational pre-millennialism has influenced American military policy, concluding that "millennialism has predisposed us toward stark absolutes, overly simplified dichotomies and a preference for revolutionary or cataclysmic change as opposed to gradual processes. In other words, American strategists tend to rely too much on broad generalizations, often incorrectly cast in terms of ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ and seek the fastest resolution to any conflict rather than the most thoughtful or patient one."
In his April 27 article, Unruh cites Stuckert's paper as alleged evidence of the military's hostility toward Christianity. Unruh misleads here too, asserting that Stuckert's paper "suggested Army officers should lose their evangelical Christian beliefs." Again, that's not what Stuckert wrote. Unruh then repeated his previous, utterly false statement that Stuckert "calls for Americans to lose the Christian belief of pre-millennialism."
Unruh later accurately quoted Stuckert's statement that "A proclivity for clear differentiations between good, evil, right, and wrong do not always serve us well in foreign relations or security policy," but he followed it with the misleading assertion that Stuckert "warned against the Christian beliefs espoused by many that the end times will involve Israel as God's chosen nation, a final 1,000-year conflict between good and evil and an ultimate victory for God."
Why is Unruh still waging war on an American soldier -- and still lying about him as well?