Skip to comments.Pentagon Defends Unconstitutional Policy Against Soldiers Sharing Faith
Posted on 05/03/2013 6:13:45 AM PDT by Freeport
Pentagon personnel responded to Breitbart News report about court-martialing service members who share their faith in the military, which the Pentagon confirmed on May 1, and the Air Force on May 2 separately confirmed a second time. Now the Pentagon claims the opposite. But these new statements instead only compound the problem, as the Pentagons new definitions for terms squarely contradict what the dictionary says those terms mean. All this has taken place as the first flag officer in the military has stepped forward to defy the unconstitutional policy.
In an official statement yesterday, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the Pentagons Defense Press Office, responded to Breitbart News reports by saying, Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith to ones beliefs (proselytization).
Unfortunately for the Obama administrations leaders in the Pentagon, those definitions are absurdly false, and only confirm a central concern in the earlier columns. These definitions of evangelizing and proselytizing are contradicted by (1) general dictionaries, (2) legal dictionaries, and (3) theological dictionaries. We have not located any dictionary that supports the Pentagons novel and unprecedented definitions for these well-known words.
Evidently it all depends on what the meaning of the word is is, which is a debate the country thought was resolved in 2000. Even so, when trying to say the press is wrong, dont do it by inventing new definitions that anyone with a sixth-grade education and access to a dictionary can confirm are utterly false.
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A new 6-minute YouTube video by yours truly and Mark P. Ferri, about the loss of freedom in America.
Ping to watch latter......
Turn about is fair play. As a Catholic my tax money should not go to any entity that persecute Christians.
Can one proselytize on the subjects of, say, the Dallas Cowboys, green coffee beans, Chevy Corvettes, and anything other than Christianity?
They are trying to fill all the foxholes with sodomizing atheists. There shall be no believers in foxholes. That is the order from CentCom.
FWIW God has commanded all Christians to violate this rule.
Preach the Gospel Soldiers! Preach it!
Definition of PROSELYTIZE
: to induce someone to convert to ones faith
: to recruit someone to join ones party, institution, or cause
: to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause
I take it folks in here would have no problem whatsoever with muslim troops trying to convert Christian troops to islam?
I would have no problem with that. It is all part of existing under a Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and religion.
Nope. Not at all. They should be free to try. They should also be free to accept the result of their effort.
I’ve always thought the rules were pretty straightforward, but the Pentagon is making a mess of it. As a Christian in the military, I could not discriminate against anyone based on their religion (to include treating atheists differently than fellow Christians), and I could not use my authority to force my subordinates to participate in religious activities. On the other hand, I could freely discuss my religious beliefs to anyone I wanted.
I think not being able to discriminate is pretty clear. As for using my authority to force participation in religious events, I could ask people to join me in prayer at official events so long as their participation (in the prayer) wasn’t mandatory, and the primary purpose of the event wasn’t religious in nature. I could even hold prayer meetings so long as participation was voluntary.
There’s a general rule against doing things that go against good order and discipline. I think one needs to be aware of that when bringing up religion in the military work environment, but I never heard it was against the rules to share my religion with anyone. I did have a case once where a commander told me I couldn’t read the Bible at work. I told him unless he was prepared to ban everyone from reading anything that wasn’t work related, I wouldn’t comply with a rule singling out the Bible as I thought that was an unlawful order.
Another obvious policy designed to demoralize and destroy the military.
Can you imagine coming through a hellacious firefight in one piece and when you get back to camp and say “Thank God”, the “Political liason” has you arrested?
If how the rule is being enforced isn't changing to intimate Christians into suppressing their beliefs, why did the Pentagon feel the need to bring the issue up?
Sure so long as we end Muslim immigration.
Damn, I’m glad I’m not on active-duty anymore....
Or, "God Bless you" to someone who sneezes.
"Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom"
Time for God to push the Pentagon into the ground like He did to Jericho.
Shouldn’t this mean that Nidal Malik Hasanu shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ could be used to court martial him.
Since this has been declared a “work place” incident, it would seem to qualify.
I have no hope he will be convicted of anything more serious.
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