The Cause of Lt. Col. Roy White’s Firing
On Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 ACT for America San Antonio scheduled its monthly meeting. The speaker was Karen Lugo, Constitutional attorney and author of the book Mosques in America. Ms. Lugo is a recognized speaker based upon her experiences of how building codes, zoning ordinances are often not adhered to when it comes to Islamic facilities under construction and how citizens can learn from these experiences.
[On the same day of the event, the local San Antonio paper published an article about the protestors who appeared outside Village Parkway Baptist Church where the event was being held. Approximately 50 people according to the article protested outside carrying signs. Their spokesperson called ACT for America a “hate group”, spreading “a hateful message”. Read the meeting invitation]
On Thursday, February 23rd, LTC White was removed as the San Antonio Chapter Leader of ACT for America for failing to follow Mr. J. Craig, ACT for America’s Director Field Operations, recommendation to “cancel the meeting.”
The Changing Narrative for LTC White’s Firing
Text messages from January 21st to January 24th between LTC White and Mr. Craig show the reasons for directing LTC White to cancel the meeting changed over time:
- “Bad messaging”, “looks bad with the media” perceptions created by the CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) press release (phone conversation between Mr. Craig and LTC White)
- “Shutting down mosques” are words used by Mr. Craig but not by LTC White in two emails.
- “Legal action against ACT”.
Resignation Notification to ACT for America
According to LTC White: “I informed Mr. Craig I would be resigning from ACT for America upon my return home from my meeting on the evening of February 23rd via text message at 1:12 PM. Accepting my resignation would’ve resulted in far less ammunition being given to the Islamists.”
LTC White texted Mr. Craig, “After I return tonight I will submit my letter of resignation. You want to fire me. No hard feelings.”
Observations [Read letters from nearly 200 attendees at the event.]
Brigitte Gabriel has inspired thousands of persons over the years to stand up to CAIR and the Islamists who continue to push their Sharia compliant agenda. It seems something has changed at ACT.
When one of ACT’s most capable and loyal chapter leaders is subsequently fired for putting those words into action, it is clear they don’t want leaders, they want “puppets” for ACT National to use as donor collection sites to fund a never ending thirst for money and donors.
Brigitte has preached against political correctness (PC) speech about Islam for years. There is nothing more non-PC than holding meetings despite CAIR press releases. ACT is undergoing change. This shift occurred at the same time a $500,000 anonymous donation was made in late 2016. Has that donation come with strings attached?
LTC White noted:
“I expect taking criticism from CAIR and other Islamic groups. I just never thought I’d receive such vicious attacks from my own organization. A veteran of 20 years, I’ve met as many or more great patriots in my last seven years as I did with the patriots I served with in my twenty years as a veteran.”
ACT’s New Buzzword: “Messaging” – What it Really Means is “Political Correctness”
It is my assessment that political speak had crept into the ACT lexicon ten years ago and most recently “messaging” has replaced the very unpopular phrase “political correctness” at ACT national. Conference calls and Chapter Leader emails provide a chilling narrative of controlling the “message”. In LTC White’s case telling the truth about Islam and mosques. In this case ACT treated LTC White like the enemy because he wanted the truth to be told to his members and brought a nationally recognized speaker on mosques to speak to them about the threat.
ACT for America accomplished what CAIR and the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) wanted to accomplish – eliminate one of ACT’s most outspoken and effective chapter leaders.
It is no surprise CAIR attempts to intimidate religious leaders to shut down ACT meetings in San Antonio by asking religious leaders such as Rabbi Scheinberg of Rodfei Shalom Synagogue (read news report) or Pastor Steve Branson of Village Parkway Baptist Church to deny ACT a meeting location. It is a credit to these fine men and congregations they don’t back down from CAIR.
What I, as a former ACT chapter leader nor LTC White, didn’t expect is to have ACT for America, via Mr. Craig, kowtow to CAIR and shut down the truth from being spoken.
Leaders who lean forward and have earned the organization’s trust with a proven track record shouldn’t be fired for telling the truth. LTC White was an ACT Mentor for the last two years. He traveled thousands of miles sharing ACT’s vision including visits with the author. Yet because CAIR sends out a press release, Mr. Craig and ACT National demands demanded that LTC White cancel a meeting for bad “messaging?”
LTC White believes that “[t]he most successful way to keep anyone from becoming a Jihadist is to introduce them to the Lord but that takes a special skill and these groups and others are on the front lines teaching congregations how to win the most important battle, the one for their souls. The most effective way to prevent a non-Sharia compliant Muslim to become a Sharia compliant jihadist is to touch their spiritual nature through Christ. Would Jews be upset if a Muslim leaves a ideology that teaches to kill Jews and Christians who converts to a faith that says to love all persons, Jews, Christians and Muslims? I would think my persons of all faith would be quite happy about that change of heart.”
ACT doesn’t have to do what these other groups do but ACT members who wish to share this information shouldn’t be stifled to talk about the spiritual battle going on at their meetings nor discouraged from bringing in guest speakers who can provide hope in this area.
In closing … this column is an attempt to lay out the changing narratives and the behavior of Mr. Craig. In his defense, he may only be the messenger.
LTC White said, “I have no ill feelings toward Mr. Craig or anyone at ACT for America. He comes from a background of political campaigning and insulating a candidate from negative publicity is understandable, even if the truth is being told. That can never be the standard we use in this fight…the truth is all we have and it is all we need.”
The source for ACT for America’s strength in its members and chapter leaders.
LTC White concluded our interview saying his strength“[c]omes from my abiding faith in my God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The journey I started in 2009 that led me to begin studying Islam after my time as serving the children of Snowball Express as President and Chairman has been a true blessing. I’m thankful and appreciative of ACT for America and Brigitte Gabriel for adding to my wealth of knowledge. This baptism of fire has made me a stronger believer and made me realize the spiritual battle is the only way to truly win this war. In fact, the great victories against Islam are occurring on the spiritual battlefront.”
[Editor’s Note: Permission was received to print Dr. Swier’s article which appeared in his newsletter on February 28th. A few links and content were not included and formatting edits were made due to space constraints. Read Dr. Swier’s full article]