The acceptance of open homosexuals in the military is increasingly having the effect that many conservatives anticipated, as Christians and anyone who opposes homosexual “marriage” are finding that they are being punished for their views.
A group of airmen from Lackland Air Force Base recently attended a packed meeting at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio, where they expressed concerns about a rise in intimidation and persecution from homosexual commanders and their supporters, according to Fox News.
Pastor Steve Branson heard from at least 80 airmen about religious persecution going on at Lackland.
“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” Branson said. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”
One of the meeting’s attendees was Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, who claims he was relieved of duty after refusing his commander’s order to say he supported homosexual marriage.
After filing a religious discrimination complaint against the Air Force, Monk was accused of making false statements and is now facing a possible court martial.
According to Branson, other airmen have told him they are afraid to speak out publicly because of what is happening to Monk.
Branson relates the story of one airman who was told that even thinking homosexuality is a sin is discrimination: “A commander told him, ‘Don’t you understand discrimination – that your thought process is discrimination?’ The commander actually pulled up the definition of discrimination on Wikipedia and read it to him in front of everyone so he would understand what it was.”
The parent of an airman at the meeting said that the 19-year-old was asked during basic training what religion he was. When the young airman said “Christian,” he was required to retake basic training.
One airman claimed he was written up for having his Bible out, while a nearby Muslim airman had out a prayer rug.
Branson said a colonel told him that officers are being ordered to publicly affirm support for homosexuality and being Mirandized if they don’t.
The Obama Administration has been an enemy of Bible-believing Christians since it came into office, issuing warnings through the Department of Homeland Security about the potential terrorist threat of conservatives. Obama himself, before he was elected, revealed his contempt when he complained about people “bitterly clinging to their guns and Bibles.”
The persecution of Christians in the Air Force and other branches of the military should serve as a warning. If the Administration goes after religious rights in the military, it will go after yours as well, as has been borne out repeatedly.
The state of affairs in the Air Force should be regarded as foreshadowing.
There is a purge going on. Historically, governments have purged bureaucracies and militaries of undesirables in order to create weapons to use against their own people.
The current effort is aimed at controlling, breaking the spirit of and, if necessary, expelling those with a moral conscience. The only goal can be to create a military that won’t care if it is ordered to engage in unethical behavior.
We don’t have to look very far for actual examples of how such “ethically refined” armies have been used. Take your pick: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Communist China, Vietnam, Iran, etc.
There is no good purpose that can come of this military purge, and frankly none is intended.