Congress
8:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Bridenstine: Political Correctness Cause Of Fort Hood Shooting

A congressman faults political correctness in the military for allowing the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine says the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was open about his radical Islamist views before the shooting, but his Army superiors didn't take action for fear of appearing intolerant.

Bridenstine was speaking at a Washington news conference sponsored by the conservative Family Research Council. He said the Fort Hood shootings were "the hideous but entirely predictable consequences of political correctness in the military today."

Hasan's murder trial at the Texas Army post is beginning with jury selection, which could take a month.

The Army psychiatrist said Tuesday he wants to tell potential jurors that he's being forced to wear a military uniform which he believes represents "an enemy of Islam."

Louisiana Republican Congressman John Fleming is pushing an amendment to protect military chaplains.

Fleming say the amendment is needed because chaplains feel restricted in how they can pray and preach, and officers are being warned to avoid open displays of their faith.

The White House has said it "strongly objects" to the amendment, saying it could adversely affect military morale and discipline.