Cases Involving Christians Spurred Move
By Harold Hutchison
The Obama Administration is opposing a religious freedom amendment sponsored by Representative John Fleming (R-LA). The amendment was added to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Authorization bill.
“The Fleming amendment protects the right of service members to not only hold religious beliefs but to act on them and freely practice those beliefs as long as they pose no threat to U.S. Constitutional liberties,” Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council said in a statement. "This chilling suppression of religious freedom is driving faith underground in our military and will eventually drive it out. This not only deprives those who serve of the benefits that flow from religious participation, but it undermines the moral foundation of the world's most powerful military and the country they serve. This should concern everyone.”
Some of the incidents that the Family Research Council cited were:
* When a serviceman expressed his religious position about homosexuality on a personal blog, he received a "severe and possibly career-ending reprimand."
* An enlisted service member was given a negative efficiency report for sending personal invitations to his promotion party, in which he said he would be serving Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.
* A senior military official at Fort Campbell sent out a lengthy email instructing officers to recognize "the religious right in America" as a "domestic hate group," (akin to the KKK and Neo-Nazis).
* An Air Force officer was told to remove a Bible from his desk because "it might offend someone." The officer had kept the Bible on the desk for 18 years.
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