Sunday, May 5, 2013

Religious Leaders Fight a Pentagon Policy Against Religion – A Policy That Doesn’t Exist

If a Person is Deeply Religious Doesn’t That Mean They Have Moral Scruples and Have to Tell the Truth?

Apparently the latest battle against religion is taking place in the Armed Forces.  The Defense Department has said it will persecute, prosecute and court martial soldiers for sharing their faith.  Except of course, the Defense Department has said no such thing.

But the Department of Defense on Thursday sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing is barred, evangelization is still permitted and the rights of all believers — and non-believers — will be protected.
"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. "The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members."

"Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)," Christensen added.

Ok, we see the problem here.  Freedom of religion for some is the freedom to force their views on others, and that is what the Pentagon is trying to stop.  Gosh, how anti-relgious of them.

And then there is this made up offense.

 when some soldiers and chaplains complained that they were blocked from logging onto the website of the Southern Baptist Convention, Christian conservatives accused the military of targeting evangelicals for censorship.
Even after it turned out that the problem lay with a glitch in the SBC's own website, the Family Research Council and others still insisted the incident revealed a troubling pattern of military antipathy to Christians — a charge that critics said was akin to crying wolf.

Now one would think that people who claim to be very religious would be the first to try to find truth, and would be first in line to admit when they had made an error.  But if one thought that about Conservatives, one would be wrong, wouldn’t one.

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