Last year it was reported that military chaplains were being ordered by the Pentagon to perform same-sex marriages, even though it violates their faith. In response, thousands of military chaplains said that this was one order that they would refuse to carry out.
Then earlier this year, we reported on a new Pentagon order telling military chaplains that if they preached against sin, including homosexuality, that they could be charged with sedition and treason. It seems that these were only the beginning skirmishes in the military’s war on Christianity.
Last year, the group known as Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers complained to Air Force officials about the long standing policy of placing Bibles in on-base housing by the Gideons. They complained that placing Bibles in rooms gave special preference to Christians. In April, The Patriot reported that Air Force officials had caved in to the pressure of the atheist group and would be removing all Bibles from on base housing.
Just a few days after The Patriot posting, a spokesman for the Air Force Services Agency took exception to the report. Michael Dickerson explained that the Air Force had not caved in to the atheist group and that they were not removing Bibles from all on-base housing. What the Air Force had agreed to do was to eliminate Bibles from a checklist of 1,200 items given to Air Force innkeepers. He also noted that the Air Force did not place Bibles in rooms and that this had always been done by the Gideons.
At that time, former Navy chaplain, Dr Gordon Klingenschmitt, commented on the Air Force’s decision by saying,
"The Air Force is apparently complicit to this. I don't know if they're removing the Bibles, but at least they're removing [them] from the checklists, [the result being that] whoever cleans the rooms is no longer required to check whether the Bible is in place."
"So if somebody steals one of those Bibles or if they're confiscated by atheist complainers or put in the trash, then sadly Christian people will not have access to read the Bible at night."
Klingenschmitt was a Navy Lieutenant when he was reprimanded and fined $3,000 in 2006 for wearing his uniform to a protest against a court order. As a Navy chaplain, he found himself facing a court martial for praying in Jesus name while in uniform. In 2007, he received an honorable discharge and went on to found The Pray In Jesus Name Project.
In response to the Air Force’s decision, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty issued a statement condemning the decision saying,
“From General George Washington until today military personnel have taken counsel, received comfort, and been encouraged by biblical texts,” said COL Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. “These Bibles cost the Air Force nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate; therefore, no reason exists for the Air Force to have retreated in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the books.”
“While there is no requirement to have them, why should there be a requirement to remove them?” COL Crews said. “They are provided free of charge as a service. No airman is required to pick one up or read it. The Bibles are merely there to use if desired. This pending decision is one more example of religious cleansing in the Air Force, and it must stop.”
The removal of Bibles from the checklist is not the only evidence to indicate that the Air Force and the rest of the military branches have declared war on Christianity. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Pentagon had once again caved into atheist demands by banning certain Bibles from stores on military bases. Due to protests by atheists, the Holman Bible will no longer be available in on base stores because it was emblazoned with the trademarked emblems of the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. The atheists claimed that made the Bibles appear to be officially sponsored and endorsed by the military branches.
Since April, a number of military chaplains and organizations representing them have been talking to their congressmen in Washington DC. In response to the chaplains complaints and prayers, a group of 66 congressmen and women, sent a letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of the Defense asking the Pentagon to stop their apparent war on religion. The letter spelled out three key issues, Bibles being removed from the checklist, removal of religious references in missile training and the order barring commanders from telling their airmen and soldiers about any chaplain programs available. Part of the letter said,
"When our sons and daughters join the military, they are not signing away their First Amendment right to religious liberty. Unfortunately, it seems that some parts of the military are intent on prohibiting religious expressions rather than protecting it."
In response to the congressional letter, Brig Gen Douglas Lee (USA-Ret), founding member of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said,
"The Air Force over the last several years seems to be running scared as potential threats have come their way that have actually restricted mostly Christians from being able to carry out their activities in the Air Force."
"I think he has way more influence in the Air Force than is necessary. Certainly when he has threatened suit, the Air Force seems to have jumped very quickly. His organization claims to be concerned about religious liberty, but I personally interpret their actions as trying to denigrate religious liberty rather than celebrate it. So, yes -- he's very much involved."
Not only in government, public schools and other public arenas, but our military is also been controlled and changed by a vocal minority that insist that their rights should supersede the rights of the majority. Every time one of these minority action groups stands up and cries in public, it seems whomever they are crying to listens and gives in to them. And the reason they do is that the majority continue to sit on their butts and complain to one another instead of getting up and doing something about it.
When is the last time you wrote, emailed or called your state or federal senator or congressman? When is the last time that you contacted any politician to share your ideas and concerns? If you can’t remember when or if it’s been awhile, then I charge you with doing something to help stop the whining few from stripping the majority of us of our rights and that especially goes for the rights of the majority of men and women who are serving our nation and may be called upon to put their lives on the line for you and me.