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This is one of those stories that is hard to believe and I have been trying to get to the bottom of it for the last two days. Nevertheless according to a press release from the Pentagon, soldiers will now face a court martial if they share their faith or even talk about religion with others in the service?
So, mention Jesus and you can get in trouble and even receive a court martial? It even indicates that this will apply to chaplains?
The whole thing seems preposterous but the way things are going in the second term of President Obama nothing seems ridiculous anymore when it comes to restricting our constitutional rights and particularly religious freedom. Sometimes I think that I have woken up in an entirely different country. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:
The Pentagon released a statement that detailed that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith. Even discussing their faith in general could be considered an offense warranting a court martial.
"Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court Martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis," read the statement that was released to Fox News.
Also read the following:
Response: I promise you that we will be following this story. It looks like it might be the worst violation of religious freedom ever in the USA. What has not come out yet is who issued this statement and under who’s authority?
It will not and cannot stand as stated. After all, how can the chaplains in the service even do their jobs? Meanwhile the soldiers are fighting and dying for our freedoms but cannot even pray with another in the barracks without the threat of a court martial? I expect that this is just the beginning of this story- more to come for sure. Hopefully there will be greater clarification and some necessary backpedaling from the administration.
Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama is freely sharing his faith at a prayer breakfast this morning. This is the National Day of Prayer and a good time to pray for the future of our nation. *Top