The Washington Times provides some interesting background on Capt. James Yee, the Islamic U.S. Army chaplain arrested and charged with sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order.
Capt. Yee had been assigned to Guantanamo Bay to minister to the spiritual needs of the growing number of suspected al Qaeda prisoners there. According to the Times, Yee “was raised in New Jersey as a Christian. He studied Islam at West Point and converted to Islam and left the Army in the mid-1990s. He moved to Syria, where he underwent further religious training in traditional Islamic beliefs. He returned to the United States and re-entered the Army as an Islamic chaplain.”
Can we agree that allowing returnees from places like Syria–especially those who’ve just received “religious training in traditional Islamic beliefs”–to enlist in our armed forces is a bad idea?