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It’s an Obama World… Gay Flag Flies at Afghan Base But the Christian Cross Is Banned
Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/29/2012

Posted on 03/28/2012 11:41:28 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

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1 posted on 03/28/2012 11:41:32 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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2 posted on 03/28/2012 11:45:46 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big. Vote Newt!)
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The Pentagon forced an Army post in Afghanistan to remove a cross on its worship tent. It’s offensive to liberal atheists.
The Politico reported:

A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there.

“We are here away from our families, and the chapel is the one place that feels like home,” a service member at Camp Marmal told POLITICO. “With the cross on the outside, it is a constant reminder for all of us that Jesus is here for us.”

“Not having it there is really upsetting,” added another. “I walk by the chapel daily on the way to chow and the gym, and seeing the cross is a daily reminder of my faith and what Jesus accomplished for me. It is daily inspiration and motivation for me to acknowledge my faith and stay on the right path.”

Camp Marmal is a German base that hosts NATO forces. The interfaith chapel in question is supervised by the U.S. Army.

The soldiers said they found great comfort in the chapel — and the cross visible outside. “Sometimes the Church and the ability to openly express religious views ultimately gets people through the deployments over here,” one told POLITICO by email.

The service member said he asked the base chaplain, a military officer, what had happened to the cross. “I had to take it down,” said the chaplain, according to the solider, without further explanation.

Pentagon spokesperson Commander William Speaks confirmed the cross was removed and told POLITICO, “The removal was, in fact, in accordance with Army regulations” and pointed out that the Army chaplain manual prohibits permanent display of religious symbols.

“Distinctive religious symbols, such as crosses… will not be affixed or displayed permanently on the chapel interior, exterior or grounds,” reads the manual.

Nothing like being denied the right to express your faith while fighting for your country, huh?


3 posted on 03/28/2012 11:47:35 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big. Vote Newt!)
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That is sickening ...


4 posted on 03/28/2012 11:48:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jim Robinson; AAABEST

Can’t believe my eyes ping....this is what it has come down to...anyone else need a signal to see how deep we are in?


5 posted on 03/28/2012 11:50:28 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big. Vote Newt!)
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They’ve got a flag now?

Is there a specific etiquette as to how one is supposed to salute the gay flag?

Never mind, lol, I probably don’t want to know...


6 posted on 03/28/2012 11:55:38 PM PDT by NMCicero
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I see a South Park episode in the making...


7 posted on 03/28/2012 11:56:42 PM PDT by NMCicero
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An athiest objects to a cross and the cross comes down.

But let a Christian object to the gay pride flag and he’d be branded intolerant.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 11:57:10 PM PDT by O6ret
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Surely this kind of thing; that is the whole gay friendly mandate as well as the gradual but insidious suppression of religious expression; has to affect recruitment. I’m thinking the former more than the latter. Anything on that?


9 posted on 03/28/2012 11:58:51 PM PDT by dr_lew
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Fill In The Joke.....

“What does it mean when the Gay Flag is at half mast?”

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10 posted on 03/29/2012 12:07:38 AM PDT by zeestephen
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Where’s a rogue Afghan soldier when you need one?


11 posted on 03/29/2012 12:09:51 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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Why not just mutiny at this point?

This is just a mockery of the military. I almost want to laugh because it seems so unreal, but my mind knows it’s not, so I’m chilled.


12 posted on 03/29/2012 12:11:01 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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1963 Communist Goals

26) Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”

27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”


13 posted on 03/29/2012 12:11:18 AM PDT by beaversmom
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Mission Accomplished.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 12:13:44 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big. Vote Newt!)
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If the Cross was flown over a worship tent...for what sort of activities might one go into a tent marked by a rainbow flag?


15 posted on 03/29/2012 12:14:56 AM PDT by Méabh
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Please tell me this is a sick joke.


16 posted on 03/29/2012 12:17:54 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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It’s all part of 0bama’s strategy. Smothering a nation founded on Christian values. This explains 0bama’s obsession with gays and abortion; Anything OPPOSITE the virtues of our Forefathers. He’s clearing a path to Marxism.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: zeestephen

Michael Jackson is back. Boys underwear, half off.


18 posted on 03/29/2012 12:19:51 AM PDT by Cololeo
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To: Lancey Howard

Regrettable ping.


19 posted on 03/29/2012 12:23:43 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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Actually, displaying the gay flag makes sense, given the ROE the forces work under.
The troops are allowed to shoot back if attacked, after all, and the Tallies are not terribly tolerant of homosexual behavior.

Need I add the sarc tag?

As far as removing the cross goes, I am not happy about it, but I doubt strongly it was done to placate liberal atheists. When I was based in Germany, we had a couple of platoons of IDF stay for a few weeks, and the chapel removed it’s cross then too, to make them more comfortable in using it.

Far more likely that the camp is getting a draft of Afghan soldiers in for training and joint ops. Since the chapel, as all front line military chapels are, is strictly non-denominational, it is a place for everyone to be near to God. Not just Christians, though the chaplain is nearly always a Christian (Most often Catholic).

As always, a shout out to the USA for providing chaplains, and to those brave and steady men who get close to the front armed only with a Book.


20 posted on 03/29/2012 12:23:54 AM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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