It has been expressed a number of times that individuals within government or those in the military lack the courage and bravery to stand up to an administration that seeks to eradicate freedoms that God has granted us and the Constitution prevents the federal government from making laws or policy against. Fortunately, there are some brave and courageous men left even though these men are retired. Retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin and retired Col. Ron Crews have advocated for religious freedom in the military by meeting with officials of the Department of Defense at the Pentagon by delivering a 170,000 signature petition that seeks to prevent the military from suppressing religious expression, according to the Blaze.
Lt. Gen. Boykin is the executive vice president of the Family Research Council and Col. Crews is associated with the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. At their side at the meeting was Sandy Rios of the American Family Association and Kellie Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom. The petition called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to protect the religious liberties of all armed service members.
The title of the Blaze article says it all, “Why are 170,000 Calling on the Pentagon to Protect a Right that is Guaranteed under the Constitution?”
As The Blaze reports:
They also presented a report to the Pentagon from the Family Research Council titles “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” listing examples of suppression of religious freedom.
Boykin said the Defense Department officials would review decisions made at bases that did not reflect Air Force policy.
“After reviewing a series of troubling incidents involving chaplains, the coalition members were assured in the meeting that chaplains would not be forced to do anything that violates the tenets of their faith,” Boykin said in a statement released Friday. “We also requested that the Department of Defense and the Air Force issue a definitive statement regarding the ability of service members to share their faith publicly. Previous statements on the subject have been confusing and contradictory.”
On the other side, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a church-state separation group, met with Pentagon officials in April, and talked about court-martialing superior officers who proselytize subordinates.
The Family Research Council report lists discrete events that present a threat to religious liberty that is now existing in the US Armed Forces. The first event in 2004 involved Casey Weinstein. As a USAF academy cadet, Casey Weinstein, complained about flyers advertising Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” being placed on cadet’s breakfast plates. Interestingly, Caseys’ father is none other than 1977 USAF academy graduate and attorney, Mikey Weinstein, who one year later founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The flyer distribution ceased after Casey complained.
Mikey Weinstein quickly emerged as a staunch critic of the USAF academy and Christianity. It seemed Weinstein had a problem with evangelical Christianity and stated evangelical Christians had “‘weaponized the gospel of Jesus Christ.’” The USAF created a task force to review the religious climate at the academy and found no widespread religious discrimination.
According to the Blaze:
Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) President Mikey Weinstein, has said “proselytizing” in the military is a national security threat on par with terrorism and the sexual assault problem.
“This is a national security threat internally to this country every bit as much as we’re facing externally by Taliban, Al Qaeda and the jihadists,” Weinstein told CNSnews.com in June.
“If a military superior of any rank tells a subordinate that you lack integrity, character, trust, intelligence, honor and honorability because of your chosen faith of lack thereof, why is there no difference between that and telling someone they’re stupid for the color of their skin or because they were born a female?” Weinstein said. “That’s why we use the term spiritual rape. They’re being denigrated. They are being oppressed.”
The only proselytizing I am familiar with is that being perpetrated by Muslims. Christians do not proselytize; we do not induce nor induct one into Christianity nor do we “recruit” others to our cause. Christians reach out, witness and minister to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Bible teaches Christians to minister to others as Jesus instructed, so that others may know him and come to know God in a very personal way. This can hardly be equated as a national security threat, much less one on the same level as the Taliban, Al Qaeda and jihadists – Christians don’t kill those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior nor kill those who are not Christians. Christians also do not enslave “non-believers”, ask them to pay a tax or take anyone captive and rape them. And to be honest, I am still trying to wrap my head around the term “spiritual rape” Weinstein used to describe the example in his statement.
A second petition was also delivered calling on the Air Force to stop the legal action against Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk. Monk objected with a Lackland Air Force Base commander who had expressed plans to punish an instructor who cited religious objections toward homosexuality. The commander ordered Monk to share his personal views on the subject of homosexuality. Monk, a 19-year Air Force veteran, was relieved of his duty after stating his disagreement with his commander regarding homosexual marriage.
Kudos to these brave individuals who are standing up against Christian persecution. Let’s face it, that is what this is all about. The government and military have appeared to bend over backwards to accommodate and support Islam and other “pseudo-religions” while denigrating Christians and Christianity as a plague on society. But, I ask, “who and what is the real plague in this country and on society?”
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