Over the last few years, the military has increasingly become a more difficult place to live openly as a Christian. Todd Starnes at Fox News has been very busy trying to keep up with all of the cases of persecution that Christians are facing in today’s military. Sadly, it seems that he will be staying busy for the foreseeable future, as things are seemingly getting worse (not better) for Christian servicemen and women.
Remember the hatred and abject disgust of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that President Bill Clinton developed? The liberals who attacked the policy could not believe that some people would be forced to live their lives in the shadows, based on their sexual orientation. Yet, now that the policy has been expunged and homosexual soldiers are a part of every day life in the military, we see a similar policy rearing its head again, this time wielded by the very people who pretended it was wrong in the past.
Some of our Christian servicemen and women are being ordered to publicly express their stance on the gay marriage issue.
That’s right, they are being forced to “out” themselves, because they know that in today’s military, showing any kind of opposition to gay marriage is severely punished.
Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio says, “There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base… 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… The religious persecution is happening… It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”
Pastor Branson recently held a meeting at his church to allow Christian service members to air their concerns about the hostility towards Christians that they face in the military. Some 80 service members attended, among them a Sergeant who had recently been relieved of his duty. His crime? He refused to disclose his personal opinion about gay marriage to his commanding officer (who happens to be a lesbian). He now faces possible court martial.
This Sergeant’s predicament is just scratching the surface. One soldier was forced to repeat Basic Training after telling his master sergeant he was a Christian. Another was written up for having his Bible out, while a Muslim colleague was allowed to publicly display his prayer rug. A colonel tells that officers are being ordered to publicly “affirm and promote” homosexuality. More and more stories like this come out almost daily…
Retired General Jerry Boyking is not surprised about the attacks on religious freedom in the military. “It reinforces what we’ve been saying… There is an orchestrated attack on Christians in the military and at this stage the Air Force is the worst.”
Don’t the people who are serving us in the military deserve to have their freedoms preserved as they fight to preserve ours? What is happening in the military today is an affront to our most basic core values as a society and we must stand against it. Write your representatives and demand that they protect the rights of our soldiers to practice their religion as they see fit. We must not allow the slavery that is political correctness to destroy our most basic freedoms.
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