The Posse has the greatest respect for members of our military. We believe they are, on the whole, some of the best people this country has ever produced.
Alas, the open nature of recruitment means that utter idiots occasionally slip through the gates and manage to sully the uniform by enlisting.
In addition, Lemoine recieved the gift of youth - he was reduced in rank to private. Ah to relive the joys of being a raw recruit!
Finally, he recieved a bad conduct discharge - something to carry with him for the rest of his life.
Lemoine apparently bought into the moralistic tripe pedalled by the antiwar movement; specifically that the war in Iraq was illegal and that it would be against Lemoine's religion to participate in it.
What religion that?
This gets better and better.
Now it is important to remember that Lemoine was a mechanic. His job was to fix generators.
Now one could argue that restoring the power supply to a mobile bath unit is morally the same as shooting unarmed children in the face - because any help to Chimpy W. BusHitler's legions of Jesusfreak Deathbringers carries with it the stigma of assisting in human sacrifice (assuming that the new pagans are against that sort of thing).
Certainly Lemoine did.
Alas, the Army didn't buy it.
Apparently his wife has, however:
His wife, Alayna, told Stars & Stripes: "If we were any other mainstream religion, the Army would not be doing this. They wouldn't do this to a Jew or Christian. It's a vendetta against pagans. They can't burn us, so they shut us up."
Of course. Christians who refuse lawful orders get a big slap on the back and free beer.
So what are the tenets of this faith?
Many pagans in modern society are said to base their beliefs and practices on a connection to nature.
Which is why he was a mechanic.
Lemoine wasn't content to go with the pure moral objection, though. He wanted out, so he covered all his bases:
His letter also pointed out he has a non-monogamous relationship with his wife, and that he is bisexual, which is against Army policy.
This is of course the last resort for anyone who wants to get out. We're not sure why he would bring this up if serious moral principles were at stake, but hey, maybe the Army needed to know.
The trial must have been something to see. Apparently the judge was impressed, because she gave him a longer sentence than the prosecution asked.
The Posse is certain that the antiwar zealots will fasten onto Lemoine like a starving leech, trying to use him as a poster child for the evils of the military and the liberation of Iraq in particular.
Instead, he's a first-class screw up.