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.
(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
What kind of crap is this?
I mean, it’s one thing if military members are going door to door in uniform and trying to convert people-that is not a role of the military nor would it be representative of the military as a whole- but ‘sharing’ their faith?? What the hell does that mean?
So can Christian servicemen and women be court martialed for having a prayer meeting? For wearing a crucifix or how about being a military pastor? There is an actual MOS for military pastors so are they going to disband that, shutter the doors of all the churches on base, relieve all pastors serving in a combat zone of duty and court martial them if they continue to provide services?
Also, how the hell can Christians be considered enemies of the Constitution?? They take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution which includes Freedom of Religion!
For Christ’s sake! The First Amendment of the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now I understand that many of you may say, “But TS! Congress is not prohibiting religious freedom-the Pentagon is!”
True enough but again, the military has a duty and has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution…which would include religious freedom. While the Pentagon may be able to restrict some forms of freedom of speech. such as making political statements publicly while in uniform, but they cannot classify a Constitutional right as a crime…which they would have to do in order for someone to be court martialed.
And why is it only Christians that are being targeted for these new “Religious Crimes?”
For example, in 2002, a female fighter pilot stationed in Saudi Arabia reported that the Pentagon made it mandatory off-base dress for military women to wear a Muslim head-to-toe garment called an abaya..Isn’t this promoting a religious belief?
In 2010, a Jewish rabbi sued the Army for refusing to allow him to wear a beard, as dictated by his religious beliefs, yet they allowed Sikh and Muslim clerics to grow beards in accord to their religious faiths. Wouldn’t wearing a beard for religious reasons in uniform be ‘promoting and sharing’ a religion?
Another incident involved U.S. commanders in Afghanistan which allowed and, in some instances, encourages United States military women to remove their helmet while on official military missions and don the Muslim hijab and/or wear the hijab as a uniform item under their helmets or around their necks.Wouldn’t this be promoting and supporting a particular religion as well?
Then in 2011, CAIR (of course) wrote a letter to the Department of Defense demanding that the Army allow Muslim and Sikh students participating in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) be allowed wear headscarves and turbans while in uniform. In response, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Larry Stubblefield wrote:
“Based on your concerns, the Army has reviewed its JROTC uniform policy and will develop appropriate procedures to provide Cadets the opportunity to request the wear of religious head dress, such as the turban and hijab,” Stubblefield wrote in the letter, made public by CAIR.