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May 6, 2013

Pentagon wrong to clamp down on religious freedom

Ada — There may be no atheists in foxholes, but if they — i.e. the suddenly religious due to enemy gunfire whizzing overhead — admit to it, they may find themselves in deep water with their superiors at the Pentagon.

How deep? Court martial deep.

 This is not your grandfather’s, nor even your father’s American military. Uncle Sam’s armed forces are quickly beginning to resemble that of Joseph Stalin in the old Soviet Union where one imagines it was more than a little frowned on to speak of the Deity.

 In a statement provided to Fox News (as reported in thenewamerican.com), the Pentagon said, “Religious proselytization is  not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis.”

 According to Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council, the Pentagon is following advice provided by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, to help it “develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.”

 Mr. Weinstein considers sharing one’s faith as “horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior” and “an outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution.” He has also written about what he considers “fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity...”

 The New American reports Weinstein calls religious service members “spiritual rapists” and “human monsters.” To him these Christian monsters represent a “national security threat” and as such are guilty of “sedition and treason” and should be punished.

 One expects to see the Twilight  Zone’s Rod Serling standing in front of the Pentagon, so bizarre are such accusations, or the fact America’s generals are listening to him instead of laughing him out of their five-sided building.

 Ron Crews, head of the group Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, are fighting this intrusion into religious freedom. So, too, should Congress and anyone who doesn’t want to see America’s military begin to resemble that of Stalin’s Soviet Union.

— Loné Beasley

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