Over at Big Peace, Ken Klukowski has an update on that very unsettling story he reported on Sunday regarding religious persecution in the military.
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
Weinstein is the guy who says that anyone (including chaplains!) sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military is guilty of treason, committing “spiritual rape” and is an enemy of the Constitution.
Those convicted in a court martial for these “crimes” could be dishonorably discharged from the military, and/or imprisoned.
In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning:
It’s a matter of what do they mean by “proselytizing.” …I think they’ve got their defintions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”
As I noted in my post, Monday, the Army has taken on a bizarrely hostile stance toward the Christian faith in recent weeks, blocking the Southern Baptist Convention website because of its “hostile content”, labeling Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons And Jews ‘Religious Extremists’ during a briefing on religious extremism, and labeling Christian Ministries as ‘Domestic Hate Groups’ in an email.
It should come as no surprise that Weinstein endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of what it deems “hate groups.”
Some Republicans in Congress have been alerted to the problem and have taken some preliminary action, sending a letter to the Secretary of the Army demanding that he rescind and apologize for the absurd briefing that labeled Evangelical Christians, Orthodox Jews, Mormons and Catholics as religious extremist groups alongside Hamas, al Qaeda and the KKK.
But more action is obviously needed.
As of this writing, the petition has exceeded more than 50,000 signatures.