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Congressman: Christian Soldiers Being Singled out for Punishment
Fox News ^ | June 11, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 06/11/2013 8:54:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A Midwestern lawmaker is calling on his colleagues in Congress to offer cover to an Army soldier under fire for his conservative political views and religious faith, and accusing the Obama administration of “creating a tyrannical culture of political correctness in the military.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., is introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the Army from conducting a court martial of Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers until the military first files a report for Congress to review.

“The Secretary of the Army shall provide to Congress a report on activities with respect to Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers at least 90 days prior to taking any further disciplinary or administrative action against that individual,” states Huelskamp’s amendment.

The amendment would also allow service members to sue in the event their First Amendment rights are violated. Huelskamp said the legislation will “unblock the courthouse door so that service members whose First Amendment rights have been violated by the federal government can seek redress like any other American.”

“Sgt. Sommers is the poster child for an increasingly pervasive pattern of persecution,” Huelskamp told Fox News.

Sommers, a decorated member of the U.S. Army Band, came under intense scrutiny after he was found with pro-Republican, anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car. An Army officer informed the solider – in writing – that the stickers were creating “workplace tension.” The 25-year military veteran was also told to stop reading books written by conservative authors while in uniform. A superior officer told him that reading books by Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and David Limbaugh was offensive to other soldiers.....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: army; davidlimbaugh; kansas; marklevin; military; obama; religiousliberty; religiouspersecution; seanhannity; talkradio
Not the Army I was in.
1 posted on 06/11/2013 8:54:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can remember back in the day in boot camp when we were required to attend Sunday services. Obviously those days are long gone.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 8:56:55 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet





3 posted on 06/11/2013 8:59:16 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: doc1019

“I can remember back in the day in boot camp when we were required to attend Sunday services.”

Sunday Services for us in 1967 were several hours of marching, but then, I was in the tough service, the U.S. Navy!


4 posted on 06/11/2013 8:59:34 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: doc1019




5 posted on 06/11/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Rembrandt

So was I (68-78) ... the marching came after Sunday services. LOL!


6 posted on 06/11/2013 9:01:30 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: doc1019
I can remember back in the day in boot camp when we were required to attend Sunday services. Obviously those days are long gone.

I did my basic and advance training in the late 1960's. I was never required to attend religious services. Once, we were required to attend a retreat where one could observe what ever they chose.

7 posted on 06/11/2013 9:02:53 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

In Navy boot camp, everyone had to attend religious services. If you were an atheist, agnostic or ambivalent ... you still had to attend a religious service (on Sunday). The only choices were Protestant or Catholic.


8 posted on 06/11/2013 9:07:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

During my two tours in Korea we had an official religious retreat in Seoul. Bet that’s long gone.


9 posted on 06/11/2013 9:08:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Back in 1966, our drill instructor off hand mentioned that he feared that one day Christian Chapels would no longer be allowed on military installations.


10 posted on 06/11/2013 9:28:45 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Someone stand up and lead, please Lord.


11 posted on 06/11/2013 9:40:23 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

What a farsighted drill instructor? The American people are nearsighted by contrast.


12 posted on 06/11/2013 9:43:34 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My Dad served in the Army in WW II. He wasn’t Jewish, but he brought home a copy of a pocket-sized book entitled “Readings from the Holy Scriptures for Jewish Soldiers and Sailors”.

The title page reads as follows:

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

March 6, 1941

To the Members of the Army:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

Very sincerely yours,
Franklin D. Roosevelt


13 posted on 06/11/2013 10:04:36 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you are Christian, don’t join the military. If you are Christian and in the military, get out as soon as possible. The military no longer tolerates your culture.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 10:14:32 PM PDT by pallis
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To: bimboeruption

My Dad was also in the Army and one of my brothers has kept that same book Dad kept with him in CBI Theater of War.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 10:23:21 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

Do you know if they all got the same book? My Dad was Catholic. I don’t understand why he was given a book for Jews.


16 posted on 06/11/2013 10:40:36 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: bimboeruption

My Dad was Catholic, too. I haven’t seen the book in years but do remember a type written message from FDR inside the front cover. Dad had been in the Army since 1939 so I have no idea when he received it.

I think the Star of David and Cross were on the cover.

There were probably a number of versions.


17 posted on 06/11/2013 10:49:45 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: pallis

If you are Christian, don’t join the military. If you are Christian and in the military, get out as soon as possible. The military no longer tolerates your culture.


I just looked at the US Army Chaplains website. Pretty disturbing.


18 posted on 06/11/2013 10:51:20 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Christianity is in retreat all over the world.

There’s only one religion that’s on the march everywhere these days.

Anyone care to guess which one?

Class, can I see a show of hands...?


19 posted on 06/11/2013 11:11:10 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

20 posted on 06/11/2013 11:17:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is a sad day in US Military history. Our military due to political correctness has yet to convict a man whom for religious purposes opened fire on innocent fellow troops. His religious beliefs were not only protected but the extremism of it still not questioned by this administration nor the previous for that matter. Religion of peace my eye.

Now we have a career Master Sargent who has harmed no one. Yet the military wants to make an example out of because he doesn't hide being a Christian? Mark my words this mans career and possibly his earned and deserved pension will be damaged and the killer of Ft Hood still not yet convicted because his religion says not to shave? Congress needs to get this stopped now.

Where's the leadership? Blackmailed into silence?

21 posted on 06/11/2013 11:19:14 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seems to be doing reasonably well in Persia - uh, Iran - but, no, sorry; no points awarded for partial credit.


22 posted on 06/11/2013 11:21:59 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: cva66snipe

Even back to 41’s time, the muslim service members attacks against fellow soldiers, sailors and marines were never called terrorist actions. These attacks were barely reported. The PC/political corruption is long,deep and continuous.


23 posted on 06/11/2013 11:57:40 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: doc1019

They’ll soon be required to attend “gay pride” parades.


24 posted on 06/12/2013 12:38:07 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6
When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual.
Then it became optional.
Now it's legal.
I'm getting out before Obama makes it mandatory.

--Gunnery Sargent Harry Berres, USMC

25 posted on 06/12/2013 3:51:50 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

Amen...


26 posted on 06/12/2013 4:10:15 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: Jack Hammer

The Western globalists have arranged and nurtured this rise of Islam and the cultural cleansing and mass murder of Christians by jihadists and atheists (Western socialists). They are evil like Muslims and they are totalitarians like Muslims.

Christians have been wrecking the left’s global take over of culture, people, resources and governments for decades. They look at humans like roaches polluting their environment and wasting their resources. They want to kill a bunch of people and dictate human life and thought to those who remain. Fulfilling their sexual perversions without interference is especially motivating for many.

They are setting up for End Times. The history of the future has been written and they are all on the wrong side.


27 posted on 06/12/2013 10:43:15 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: RedHeeler
Even back to 41’s time, the muslim service members attacks against fellow soldiers, sailors and marines were never called terrorist actions. These attacks were barely reported. The PC/political corruption is long,deep and continuous.

No doubt GHW Bush's term started what would become the ongoing decline in our military in all aspects from PC to readiness to manpower. One reason being Bush SR brought in the same group of advisers as Ford had. Ford's policies began much of the Carter years havoc and despite what some say Rummy was not a good Sec of Def under Ford nor Bush Jr.

Reagan proved to the nation and the world our military woes can be fixed in short order. Sad to say there is not a will to do this in either the Democratic or Republican leadership.

28 posted on 06/12/2013 6:19:55 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe

Great post. You know the truth, cva66snipe. Good deal!


29 posted on 06/13/2013 2:41:08 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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