*update see below*
ths update redux: In my comment, I (with Ebola’s “pithy” assistance) clarify WHAT the Courts Martial order seems to be in response to, which is what I suspected when Bingley first emailed me. Breitbart is indulging in a shameless bit of revolting flamethrowing without any thought for the facts this sprung from.
And this has been by NO MEANS limited to evangelical influence in the Air Force, although they seem to have been the most egregious abusers. For instance, Marine Commandant Gen Krulak started “voluntary” prayers breakfasts at Headquarters Marine Corps when he arrived…and no one went. Guess what became “MANDATORY”?
Do you think the local Sgt. Druid would dare complain?
It’s wrong, plain and simple. Not “ANTI-GOD, Christ, Mary, Joseph, or the mules” they road in to Bethlehem on.
But it is desperately WRONG to COMPEL someone’s attendence at YOUR RELIGIOUS SERVICE/MEETING/handholding ceremony through dint of your SUPERIOR rank and/or position, if they have no wish nor religious fervor to be there, or do not believe as you do.
As far as enforcement, sure, sure, it’ll be mostly the “Christians” thrown to the lions ~ you betcha. But there’s two things that don’t worry me about that right now. First and foremost, it HAS BEEN THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS who have been the thugocracy, so consider them warned. After ALL these years of harrassment complaints litigation, they are STILL wielding their cabal-like power in insidious ways with impunity, so weed them out and clean it up. Secondly, until there’s another religious strain that congeals enough to take hold through ALL the rank and file, I can’t see where you’d have anyone, BUT the current bunch standing tall. They’ve got the numbers and nobody else comes close.
ths again: One more thought: NEVER forget that, in the military, there are potentially DIRE CONSEQUENCES for grudgingly obeying that order to show up at the prayer breakfast/praying before your shift, or snapping and finally telling that superior to “blow it out his posterior”. This isn’t the corner grocery store, where you can walk away, and file a lawsuit. That “shirt”, or stripe, or set of bars above you OWNS YOUR ASS. LITERALLY.
We are beyond doomed
Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
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.
The Left wants to completely destroy the fabric of this country. I don’t see how one can even argue this point.
15 year-olds can give themselves abortions without notifying their parents, but don’t you DARE talk to a 25 year-old fellow soldier about God.
**UPDATE**: here are what are purported to be the latest regulations. If this is true than frankly I don’t see what Breitbart is getting all excited about:
1 7 AUGUST 2012
Government Neutrality Regarding Religion.
Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline.
Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of
religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.
Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation.
Supporting the right of free exercise of religion relates directly to the Air Force core values and the ability to maintain an effective team.
All Airmen are able to choose to practice their particular religion, or subscribe to no
religious belief at all. You should confidently practice your own beliefs while respecting
others whose viewpoints differ from your own.
Your right to practice your religious beliefs does not excuse you from complying
with directives, instructions, and lawful orders; however, you may request religious
accommodation. Requests can be denied based on military necessity. Commanders and
supervisors at all levels are expected to ensure that requests for religious accommodation are
dealt with fairly.
If these are the current rules then I have no problem with them whatsoever.