The diversity of thought shows its true nature and is clearly not included in the MoD's inclusivity agenda | The Gateway expert

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On May 2-3, the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI) hosted one of its semi-annual meetings in Arlington, Virginia.

Mapped out by the Congressional Black Caucus in the 2009 budget year, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the forefather of DACODAI, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) final report in 2011. Then the ideology and training of DEI was set in motion and spread like a cancer throughout the military.

Former President Donald Trump issued an executive order in September 2020 mandating a halt to all critical race theory and DEI training in the military. In January 2021, President Joe Biden rescinded the order. With this, DACODAI was accepted as the successor to the MLDC just a few months later.

Interestingly, earlier this year, DACODAI invited members of Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services (STARS) and other organizations to assemble an in-person panel of experts for a dialogue about DEI in the military. While there was a strong response from like-minded leaders and organizations, the proposed panel was in place almost immediately cancelled as 'too hard to do'.

Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop (Ret.), Chairman of the STARRS Board of Directors, requested that an informal video panel be held with DACODAI so that concerns about the negative impact of DEI on the military could be shared, but one was never response received from general. (ret.) Lester Lyles – the Chairman of DACODAI – or his office.

In an effort to be heard, Bishop and others – including nine former senior DOD and civilian leaders – recorded five-minute statements about the damage DEI was causing and forwarded them to DACODAI. These statements also remained unanswered.

In response, 17 members of the public, including presidents of 10 veteran-led or military-concerned organizations, planned to attend the biannual DACODAI in person. On April 29, just days before the meeting was to take place, all public attendees were informed by DACODAI that the Ministry of Defense was canceling any in-person attendance “for unforeseen reasons.”

Then came advice – because people had to register in advance – from the federal officer of DACODAI that “no public statements would be allowed.”

One may legitimately ask whether these decisions can be attributed to the realization that the many people outside DACODAI's network would have boldly spoken out against the DEI ideology in the military? DACODAI did not respond to requests for comment from The Gateway Pundit to defend their rationale for the abrupt cancellation or change of plans.

Although Bishop was “very disappointed,” he was not entirely surprised, given DACODAI's staunch support for all things diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In a recent clip shared on Fox & Friends, Bishop explained: “[DEI is] unadulterated, undeniable, easily proven Marxism-based ideology being shoved down the throats of our military.”

In a recent clip shared on Fox & Friends, Bishop explained: “[DEI is] unadulterated, undeniable, easily proven Marxism-based ideology being shoved down the throats of our soldiers.”

“Today's leaders unfortunately don't seem to have the moral courage to stand up to this,” Bishop continued.

Fox News Channel's Pete Hegseth said, “They shut down the actual meeting because they were afraid of the backlash.” About the video, Bishop told The Gateway Pundit: “Pete and the cohosts really got passionate about this. America also needs to become as passionate about what is happening with our military.” For him, “people can't keep their heads in the sand.”

That's why Bishop said he was shocked to hear that DACODAI was “flying under the radar” on Capitol Hill. According to him, with all that is on their plate, politicians and others are largely unaware that DACODAI is advising the Minister of Defense on issues of diversity and inclusivity.

He told the Gateway Pundit that “while the shoddy treatment of members of the public can be a harbinger of societal failure and 'cancel culture' is alive and well in our country, the focus must be – and always remain – on the divisions. the discrimination, the lowering of standards that are part and parcel of the Marxist-based DEI movement in our military.”

“By creating barriers that center on skin color, ethnicity and racial diversity,” Bishop warned, “they have created something that is toxic to the military.” He explained, “Diversity is not the military's greatest strength; rather, it is unity and coherence.”

“We all bleed red, and the only other colors that matter besides red are white and blue,” Bishop said. He wants Congress to fully understand that the “injection of Marxist ideology into the military” could end in the destruction of the military as the country knows it.

“Why are we lowering standards? Why do we promote the less qualified? Why do we allow DEI to divide, demoralize and humiliate our military?” he asked.

With host Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policytestimony from some members of the Military Readiness and Merit Coalition who planned to attend the DACODAI event met virtually on May 2. This panel focused on the importance of merit-based preparedness, rather than divisive and demoralizing “woke” identity politics.

Panelists included former Lt. Col. Matt LohmeierCol. Brandi King, former Army officer Kendall Qualls, former Army officer Scott McQuarrie, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Christopher Walker, and Lt. Gen. (ret.) Rod Bishop.

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