First it’s comedic genius Alec Baldwin’s ugly divorce proceedings (and it’s ugly fallout with his daughter), now it’s Born-Again Stephen “BioDome” Baldwin’s unfortunate involvement in turning the Iraq War into millennialist proselytizing.

Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official arm of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.

“We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region,” OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”

You probably don’t remember him, but Mikey Weinstein first shone a light on fundamentalism in the military at the Air Force Academy. He’s got something to say about this too.

“The constitution has been assaulted and brutalized,” Mikey Weinstein, former Reagan Administration White House counsel, ex-Air Force judge advocate (JAG), and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me. “Thanks to the influence of extreme Christian fundamentalism, the wall separating church and state is nothing but smoke and debris. And OSU is the IED that exploded the wall separating church and state in the Pentagon and throughout our military.” Weinstein continued: “The fact that they would even consider taking their crusade to a Muslim country shows the threat to our national security and to the constitution and everyone that loves it.”

Go read the rest of Blumenthal’s article. It’s informative.

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  • Dude, that’s nothing.

    You NEED to check out all the crazy religious books Baldwin has written.

    For example, the Spirit Warriors series of Graphic Novels.

    Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

    In Spirit Warriors, the first graphic novel from actor/producer Stephen Baldwin, six radical young kids enter the spiritual war zone every day for classic battles of good against evil. Each spirit warrior has his or her own unique ability, moving between the natural and supernatural to fight for their faith and the expansion of God’s kingdom.

    Just to name a few, among them are “Skate” (an amazing athlete unconfined by his wheelchair), “Pray” (an older girl known as an intercessory prayer warrior), and “David” (a blind boy who sees what others do not).

    The Spirit Warriors have given their hearts over to the Lord and will battle for his glory no matter the cost.

  • Or the classic Livin’ It series of books, magazines and DVDs:

    A hugely successful partnership between actor/producer Stephen Baldwin and world evangelist Luis Palau, the “Livin It” tour kicked off in 2004, combining innovative youth ministry and performances from some of the finest extreme sports athletes anywhere. The annual series of events now reaches thousands each year in America.

    Livin It Testimonies presents the heart of the tour in a fresh and fun magazine format. Along with full-color action photography, readers will enjoy learning about these athletes’ love of sports, passion for Jesus Christ, and desire to use skateboarding and BMX riding to reach today’s urban youth with the life-saving gospel message.

  • I used to think Alec was both the most talented and the craziest of the Baldwin brothers.

    Now I only think he’s the most talented. “I like you Lemon. You have the boldness of a much younger woman.”

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