Apparently now you can’t even peacefully protest things you disagree with.
Bryce Henson, a Marine-turned-Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator, is presently under investigation after protesting the transgender movement in California. Henson has been spotted at several protests and events throughout Southern California voicing his distaste for woke propaganda which is apparently grounds for investigation with our United States military.
Henson often goes under the pseudonym "Ben Richards," an alias he says he initially created for safety, but now considers a way to point out that if transgender people can be whatever and whoever they want and he’s forced to respect them, then they should do the same for whatever name or identity he wants to go by.
"Richards" is the name he's listed under as the founder of SoCal Parent Advocates, a group that seeks to “expose, challenge and resist critical race theory, radical gender ideology, and COVID and vax tyranny in our schools.” Both individually and with his group, Richards/Henson has visited numerous rallies and hearings this year, Military.com reported.
In March 2023, Henson did an hourlong interview with a Christian-focused podcast and explained that the LGBTQ movement is “marxist indoctrination.”
According to a statement released by the group Friday, Henson is “a father, Marine and Navy SEAL” who’s “currently involved in an ongoing investigation,” Military.com reported. Henson is now under fire for attending events where he was protesting radical agendas. Commander Ben Tisdale, a Navy spokesman, suggested that Henson is under investigation for “possibly participating with, or supporting, extremist causes" including the Proud Boys, he told Military.com.
“While sailors are always allowed to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly if they follow the law and policy restriction, participation with hate or extremist groups of any kind is contradictory to the core values of the Navy and is not tolerated by [Navy Special Warfare],” Tisdale added.
In December of 2021, the Pentagon created a new set of guidelines for prohibited activities for service members. The new guidelines claimed that “advocating widespread unlawful discrimination” based on gender identity or sexual orientation would be considered “extremist activity.”
In essence, if you agree that transgenderism is a delusion, you’d be considered an extremist.
Photojournalist Kelly Stuart claimed that she saw Henson spotted outside of a YMCA on January 18 protesting transgender women - aka, men - being allowed in women’s restrooms. Stuart also claimed that when she saw Henson on the 18th he was standing “just feet” from a man in “Nazi tattoos,” as well as a crew of Proud Boys.
On Jan. 21, Stuart also reported seeing Henson at the YMCA, where he said, “We're making headway on the schools that we've flipped, because we've flipped four in this region,” during a speech at the event. Supposedly, after Stuart shared the recorded speech to social media, people came forward accusing Henson of harassment.
There wasn’t much more on that note according to the Military.com article.
That’s kinda what it seems like this whole situation is running with: a whole bunch of nothing.
Now, I wasn’t at any of these events, so don’t take my word as gospel. But if Henson was really just peacefully protesting or speaking out against woke propaganda, I am unsure why that counts as grounds for a formal investigation in the name of his “extremism.” It just seems a little ridiculous, considering the real extremists are the woke mob.
According to SoCal, however, Hensen is not worried.
"He is confident that the investigation will vindicate him of any wrongdoing, demonstrating that he has only been a dedicated and responsible father and a hero for knowingly assuming risk to help parents under attack,” Military.com reported.
Time will tell how the investigation pans out, but if Henson is disciplined for peacefully speaking his mind, we're all doomed when it comes to free speech.
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