Dozens of State Division staff have referred to as upon Secretary of State Antony Blinken to dismiss one among their colleagues who they describe as “overtly antisemitic”.
The letter from greater than 70 officers, which was first reported by International Coverage journal Tuesday, says the continued employment of overseas service official Fritz Berggren “is an affront to all of us and the values we share.”
Berggren operates an internet site referred to as bloodandfaith.com. On it, he requires the creation of “Christian Nation-States”, which he says is “required for the development of Fact.” Different posts on the web site exhort Jewish individuals to transform to Christianity, whereas others assault the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“Fathers: When you have endorsed your little one’s change of genders, mark my phrases: In twenty years, they may curse you and spit in your grave; for you’ve got turned them over to obliteration,” one submit reads, partially. “They may hate you perpetually. And they are going to be proper.”
“Whereas there could also be HR processes underway, they don’t look like having an affect and are apparently continuing very slowly as Berggren has been posting this content material since at the very least 2017,” reads the letter, which was reportedly organized by the Jewish Individuals and Associates in International Affairs worker group on the division. “Not solely is his propagation of antisemitic [sic] concepts extremely disturbing and offensive to Jewish and non-Jewish staff alike, however as Jewish staff, we really feel his presence on the Division is threatening.
“The connection between beliefs and motion sis [sic] actual and has been confirmed again and again, and somebody who spews such vile ideas might quickly act on them,” the letter goes on.
Whereas Politico reported on Berggren’s affiliation with the State Division again in February, the impetus for the latest letter seems to have been the discovery of a swastika carved within the wall of an elevator on the division’s Foggy Backside headquarters on July 26. International Coverage reported that the letter was despatched to Blinken two days later.
“Whereas there is no such thing as a proof that Berggren is behind the swastika carved into the Division elevator, his continued employment with seemingly no penalties sends a message of impunity that has undoubtedly contributed to the ambiance wherein somebody would dare to do such a factor,” the letter reads. ” … We don’t consider it’s attainable to foster a tradition of inclusion till there’s accountability for individuals who preach hate amongst our ranks.”
International Coverage reported that Blinken responded to the letter on Aug. 9 by writing that “the Division treats stories of alleged misconduct with the utmost seriousness,” earlier than including that he couldn’t touch upon particular instances out of privateness considerations.
Berggren himself revealed a response on bloodandfaith.com, writing: “I really feel like I’m in junior highschool once more listening to prissy women whining in regards to the boy who stated unhealthy phrases … And the instructor has to fulfill their calls for for punishment.
“I’m the naughty-words boy. I say issues which are ‘sexist, racist, homophobic, queerphobic, transphobic, illiberal, divisive, and anti-semitic.’The ladies can’t consider somebody like me exists,” he continued. “Their pony tails unravel, they stutter, their fancy sneakers fall off. I’ve violated their high-minded moralities. ‘What’s to be achieved!’ they shriek … This era owes an apology to the Puritans.”
Berggren insisted that the web site offered his personal private views and “nobody would even remotely suspect they might be hooked up to any employer, affiliate, buddy, and even enemy.”
He concluded his submit by writing that “Individuals should cease being afraid. One can sense the fragile change of tide within the nation. We’re discovering our voice once more. From army officers to policemen, atheists to Neo-pagans, Christians to Jews, homosexuals, lecturers, medical doctors, and mothers, Blacks, Hispanics, Whites … we’re sick of being instructed what we are able to say and may’t say.”
It’s not clear whether or not Breggren will be fired, and even disciplined, given the safety federal staff get pleasure from beneath the First Modification.