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DoD’s Subtle War on Christianity

By Jerry A. Kane

Barack Obama’s Department of Defense (DoD) has been waging a subtle war against Christianity. DoD announced it would no longer allow military edition Bibles to be printed with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force insignias, and it will remove all Bibles containing the military emblems from exchange stores on military bases.

Moreover, DoD had blocked military bases from accessing the Southern Baptists’ website because of its “hostile content.” The website contained information opposing abortion and homosexual “marriage.”

Since Obama has been president, Christians are finding it increasingly difficult to serve in America’s military. Military personnel and chaplains could face court martial for proselytizing their Christian faith, or for sharing it too aggressively.

Last year the Air Force published new rules warning members to be careful in talking about their personal religious beliefs.

“When on duty or in an official capacity, Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable.”—Captain Jody Ritchie, US Air Force public affairs officer

Other examples of a growing intolerance for Christianity in the military include:

To years ago the Chief of Staff of Walter Reed Hospital established guidelines prohibiting visitors from giving Bibles to wounded patients;

An Army Reserve training brief included Evangelical Christians with the Ku Klux Klan and al Qaeda as examples of religious extremism;

The US Army removed a cross outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan;

The US Army ordered soldiers to erase Bible passages and verses inscribed by the manufacturer into the serial numbers of Trijicon rifle scopes that were issued to troops;

A Pentagon war game identified Christian groups as an enemy; and

The Pentagon recruited Michael L. Weinstein to shape the military’s policies on religious tolerance even though Weinstein views a Christian-themed bumper sticker on an officer’s car or a Bible on an officer’s desk as evidence of forcing fundamentalist Christianity on subordinates. Earlier this year the anti-Christian extremist persuaded military officials to withdraw their invitation to Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, to participate in the national day of prayer for the troops. Weinstein also sued to cancel the national day of prayer in 2010.

Well, the moral of the story

The moral of this song

Is simply that one should never be

Where one does not belong

I.M. Kane

For more on the story see, Christian troops — and even military chaplains — could face court martial for sharing their faith,” “EDITORIAL: Pentagon prejudice The military declares war on Christians,” and “Gays in, Bibles out in the new American military.”

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