Military Discouraging Christians from Joining, Staying
Why is the military discouraging Christians from being part of the Armed Forces by fostering a hostile environment?
From the Washington Times: “U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated.”
Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say.
Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, said recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military.
In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion received an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he advocated Christianity and used the Bible during a mandatory unit suicide-prevention training session. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers said the chaplain “used his official position to force his personal religious beliefs on a captive military audience” in an article the group posted on its website.
And, last month, a Navy chaplain was removed from his post and may lose his career after some sailors complained about his private counseling, in which he reportedly advocated against homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.
Mr. Berry represents both chaplains in question.
“People of faith are going to stay away from the military,” said Mr. Berry in an interview with The Washington Times.
“I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore,’ and I don’t blame them. I would have serious reservations about my own kids joining,” Mr. Berry said.
Because we want men wielding devastating weapons to have no higher allegiance than to their human superior—or the current Commander-in-Chief.
If that doesn’t make you shudder, you need to go back to history class–20th Century history should be more than sufficient. In more recent times, Abu Ghraib is a fine example of men and women in uniform who lacked a moral compass.
Certain segments of our society committed to moral and sexual anarchy claimed they only wanted a place at the table. Now—across the land and in the military—we see that was simply a lie to give them the power to begin conducting their own form of “religious cleansing.”
Now we have “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for Christians. Good luck with that.