Religious Activists Warn of Effort to Impose ‘Anti-Religious’ Culture in Military

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From IJReview: Many individuals enroll in the military to protect and serve, but many are finding that their core values and beliefs are not being defended. Some religious activists are claiming that Christians are leaving the armed forces due to a hostile environment.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, believes that misconduct in the military could be due to anti-Christian regulations:

“Unfortunately, pressures to impose a secular, anti-religious culture on our nation’s military services have intensified tremendously during the Obama administration”

Recently, a Navy chaplain was removed from his post after some sailors complained about his counseling methods, which included opposition to homosexuality and fornication. Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, represented the chaplain and indicated that this was a prime example of how many Christians are being turned off by the military:

“I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore,’ and I don’t blame them. I would have serious reservations about my own kids joining.”

Douglas Lee, retired Army Chaplain and member of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, warned that the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could endanger the rights of Christian military personnel:

“Well, you might know or recall – and not just chaplains, but other organizations across the country began to equate the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” with consequential religious liberty issues along the way, that were this particular behavior to be recognized in the military that way, that there would eventually be challenges to what chaplains could or could not say in their ministry.”

Religious freedom has been at the forefront of societal debate recently, and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

—Courtesy of IJ Review

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