Military Declares War on Christians!
We share this report from the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation regarding the suppression of religious freedom in the military – article by CPCF executive director Lea Carawan
May 3, 2013 — President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains–military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.
This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.
If the policy moves forward, Christian servicemen and women who speak of their faith could now be prosecuted as “enemies of the state.” This has the potential to destroy military recruiting and retainment across the services as Americans realize their religious beliefs will be suppressed by joining the military.
If these seem like isolated incidents please visit www.FaithReport.com and discover the severity of the crisis facing America’s Judeo-Christian foundation. There is a pervasive and systematic effort to put people of faith in a religious vice grip by first attempting to remove all vestiges of God from the public square and secondly, by making it unconstitutional to say a prayer in Jesus’ name. For too long, the bullying tactics of these anti-God groups have been allowed to gain ground, sometimes unchallenged. It is time to say, “Enough!”
Now more than ever, it is crucial that we remain diligent and alert to opposing forces and ensure their efforts are fruitless. We must stand boldly for freedom and to hold all government entities accountable to their Constitutional responsibility of protecting religious rights. The alternative is to keep silent, and our silence is tantamount to consent.
The armed services are at a loss to address and treat the alarming increases in combat-related trauma, PTSD cases and the growing epidemic of military suicide. Yet, the research literature overwhelmingly supports the notion that faith makes a critical difference in successful outcomes. To deny our dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, the opportunity to integrate their religious values and received faith-based counseling and consultation, especially when our country is still at war, is grossly irresponsible.
Contact your Senators, Congressional representatives, state legislators, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the White House, and leaders within the various military branches. Impact your sphere of influence so the voice of the majority can be heard over the shrill clang of the few who would deny your rights.
Pray for the intercessors to CRY OUT for a great spiritual awakening in America. Pray for righteousness to be exalted in the government. Proverb 29:2, “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
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