It's not unusual for Meghan McCain to say crazy things. But in what was almost an interesting, informed reality based Outnumbered discussion, McCain was strangely silent, until the very end, when she didn't disappoint.
One expected Thursday's discussion, titled "Faith Under Attack," to be the usual whine about persecuted Christians. The topic was about how a US Marine was recently discharged for refusing to remove a biblical verse from her cubicle. It was apparent that the lovely, leggy, ladies were geared up for the perfunctory Fox Christians-are-so-persecuted narrative until #Oneluckyguy, lawyer Arthur Aidala, disabused them of that notion by explaining that those in the military are not entitled to the same kind of religious freedom of speech enjoyed by the rest of us. He also noted that had the Marine asked permission to post the verse, things might have turned out differently.
End of story, right? With only a few minutes left, here's Meghan:
"I think we can talk about the legal ramifications. There's a difference between right and wrong, I don't really care about the law in this, I think we're sending soldiers over to fight and possibly die, they should be able to put Bible, be allowed to put whatever Bible verse inspires them to go about their day or any other faith or religion."
Aidala: "It's the military, you have to follow the rules.
McCain: "I know, but..."
So who cares about the law? Obviously, not Meghan McCain.
I get the Uniform Code of Military Justice isn’t civil law. I get the military basically owns you when you enlist. Having seen a fine fellow officer drummed out of the Navy because of a moral (but not religious) objection to a questionable order given to him by one of the biggest a—holes to ever live, I get their version of justice often boils down to getting a stiffy out of enforcing its will in screwing subordinates. I also get what was her downfall probably wasn’t the Bible verse but refusing an order which is how they got my buddy (he was given a chance by the Captain and XO to reverse his decision to disobey but refused).
All that said, I don’t get the Marine Corps objecting to what the Marine did, much less going so far to discharge her unless it was merely an excuse and they were digging for something. Back in my day (late 80s), the Navy (big brother to the Marines) was religious with chapel held on Sundays, a chaplain performing funeral rights from our flight deck, etc.
I’ll piss off the [atheist] libs hanging around but I side with the Marine and hope she wins. No comment on FOX News persecuted Christian meme which I agree is tiresome bulls—t.