Is our 1st Amendment and Religious Freedom in the Military Under Attack?

Our military was founded on God, Guts, and Guns but is our political correctness trying to assassinate one or more of them? Our country was founded on (like it or not) God and freedom such as the freedom of speech but most don’t know, but when you join the military much of your freedom of speech is drastically curtailed. Having been there, I understand that the purpose of this is for control and discipline which is a must in the military environment; if it is not present you will never be a formidable fighting machine. This is a documented fact from studies along with the fact that fighters with a religious conviction are more likely to have a moral code of conduct and display the guts needed for victory during battle. This being said is the politically correct crowed which has caused major damage to our country trying to assassinate Christianity and conservative values within the military?

Mikey Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon on religious tolerance at the request of Pentagon. He is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and has many times called conservative Christian groups, “Monsters.” I don’t think he is a good pick to talk to the Pentagon for “Religious Tolerance” when he has made consistent anti-religious statements (look him up on YouTube) so why is the military picking him?

The Deseret News reported last August, the Air Force issued a policy telling its chaplains that they must balance an airman's right to religious exercise with a prohibition against government establishment of religion. A violation of the policy could result in a court-martial. This is also a violation of the Chaplin’s Oath to his sponsoring church. The Military Chaplains have always been there for the troops in a very needed supported role even if you were not a Christian without forcing any religion on you. I was overseas and watched helplessly as a good friend committed suicide; none of us could stop him. If it wasn’t for the Chaplin with us I would have lost my marbles; I can deal with loosing someone in a accident or battle but needlessly is another story.

The whole nation should be concerned over moves to prevent military personnel from talking openly about their religion, states Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council and he is right. The Obama administration has been accused of telling Catholic military chaplains what they can and cannot say from their pulpits after the Army ordered Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop. If you were Catholic (I’m definitely not), would this not be offensive? Who do you as a Catholic trust more, your archbishop or a politician? It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Jewish, or any other religion, if they are allowed to violate this Constitutional freedom in the military to the point of even Court Marshaling them, what is going to stop them from silencing people throughout our nation?  The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion; I thought the US Constitution already protected religious freedom. Why would anyone in a free nation as ours, especially the President who is a “Constitutional Lawyer” object?

This has gone to the point of affecting our troops fighting in Afghanistan do to removal of religious icons they look to for support. The attack has gone as far as to punish a soldier for (get this) serving Chick-fil-A at his promotion party.  If this isn’t bad enough the same soldier was told not to read books by Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity while in uniform; I wonder if they would say the same about
Dreams from My Father sense it is by a liberal president.

No matter which political side you are on, this is tearing apart our Country, Constitution, and with it removing any Constitutional rights we enjoy. If a liberal administration can do it now what will stop a conservative one from doing it next time? Why are they targeting all the phones and social media, to see if you are a terrorist; no, to see if you are for or against their agenda? If they can tell our military what they can believe and who they can read no matter if conservative or liberal, what will stop them from doing it to the rest of the nation? I can see it now, “If you read that, I’ll have to turn you in for being perverted, hateful, anti-American which is a criminal offense”. It has happened all over the world (read your history) and now we are going down the same road. You can’t call our politicians liars even when they are because “It’s Not Respectful”, I didn’t know being a liar was respectful. I am brutally honest and it gets me into trouble all the time but everyone who knows me know they are getting the truth; maybe our politicians should learn this position. I would have more respect for a brutally honest politician who tells me the truth knowing I won’t like it over one who lies to me all the time. How about you?  

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