Rep. John Gleming, Republican of LA offered an amendment to the Defense budget that would require the military to accommodate “actions and speech” reflecting the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of any member of the armed forces. The Amendment sailed through House Armed Services Committee with bipartisan support.
Fleming’s amendment “Expansion and Implementation of Protection of Rights of Conscience of Members of the Armed Forces and Chaplains of Such Members” was offered after a series of high profile incidents involving attacks on religious liberty within the military.
To the delight of anti-Christian extremists, Obama’s Pentagon has spent the last several months muzzling — or worse, punishing — men and women of faith, especially Christians. Of course the Pentagon denies such claims and yet:
- The military reprimanded a service member for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog;
- A senior military official at Fort Campbel sent out an email instructing officers to recognize “the religious right in America” as a “domestic hate group” akin to the KKK and neo-Nazis because of their opposition to homosexuality.
- Chaplins are being forced to officiate at same-sex marriages on military bases.
- The word God is not allowed at military funerals.
- An Air Force officer was told to remove a Bible from his desk because it might give the impression he was endorsing a religion.
- The Air Force censored a video created by a military chaplain because it included the word “God,” fearing it would offend Muslims.
Obama is not happy – he intends to veto the defense budget if the amendment protecting religious rights for service members is included because it would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.” Translation – it will piss off the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Pentagon, which insists there is no conspiracy against Christians will have a difficult time convincing people of that now. Imagine how our troops must feel, knowing that their own commander-in-chief would block an entire budget just to deprive them of the benefits and comforts of religion. Unfortunately, the President is not only denying our service members the consolation of faith, but he is undermining the moral foundation of the world’s most powerful military. That should concern everyone — including Congress.
Obama believes in diversity but his diversity doesn’t include Christians. Sharing your sexuality is okay, especially if you’re a homosexual – wearing a prayer cap on base is okay if you’re Muslim – but don’t dare share your Christian faith.
Only 3,557 of 1.4 million in the U.S. military are Muslims and yet the Pentagon is recruiting Muslim Chaplains, creating Muslim prayer spaces and educating American troops about Islam.
Unfortunately, service members aren’t the only ones in the President’s crosshairs. The rights of health care workers, individuals, and businesses are also at stake as ObamaCare moves closer to full implementation. On August 1st, just weeks from today, religious and nonprofit groups will be the next targets for compliance under the President’s birth control-abortion pill insurance mandate. Unless organizations like faith-based hospitals, charities, and schools agree to cover these drugs, the government will start fining them — hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a day.
According to Representative Jeff Fortenberry “We have lost our collective sense of respect for divergent views. We have lost our sense that the government must protect that sacred right of conscience and not coerce her citizens into doing something that they fundamentally believe is unjust or wrong. [Like the IRS targeting,] the HHS mandate is also a form of discrimination. It primarily targets people in faith communities, the very people who have been the backstop of compassionate care for the poor, the vulnerable, and the marginalized in our society today… No American should be forced to choose between their conscience and their livelihood. No American should be forced to choose between their faith and their job. No American should be forced to choose between their deeply held, reasoned beliefs and the law. That’s a false choice. It’s un-American, and it’s wrong.”
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