Would you want the government to have the power to make a judgment call about your religious beliefs (or lack thereof)?
If you’re a U.S. soldier who’s a Christian, Jew, Muslim or something else, would you want to entrust your fate to a military hierarchy steered, from the top, with the guidance of a man who founded an organization expressly designed to eradicate any form of individual religious expression from the ranks of fighting men and women?
It’s at hand. The Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday a story published by Breitbart alleging the military would begin court-martialing soldiers who share their religious faith.
In a statement it released to FOX News, Pentagon spokesman Nate Christensen wrote: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the department of Defense. Court martials [sic] and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome in specific cases.”
The new policy comes after Pentagon leaders met with Air Force officer-turned-activist Mikey Weinstein, who founded and leads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). Weinstein is ostensibly for the separation of church and state, but a read through his guest column at the Huffington Post betrays a peerless hatred for Christianity in particular.
Separation of church and state has always been a Constitutional tug of war, one that’s least elegantly fought when the struggle’s being waged by ardent atheists on one side and the very religious on the other.
But the desperation of the enlisted individuals whom death shadows on battlefields in foreign lands has existed in its own sacred, personal realm for militaries in all times and places. The rights of soldiers who call on the divine, cobbling together impromptu battlefield relationships as they seek to bond over faiths they may not even have previously shared, cannot be questioned.
The consolation of religious faith, shared among soldiers at once brave and fearful, is an eternal and de facto extrajudicial prerogative against which there must be no “policy,” as retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin told FOX News.
“If chaplains and other personnel are censored from offering the full solace of the Gospel, there is no religious freedom in the military,” he said.