Pentagon Moves to Court-Martial Christian Soldiers

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by Ken Klukowski

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The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. … Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis.”

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The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians—including chaplains—sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of treason, and of committing an act of spiritual rape as serious a crime as sexual assault. He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are enemies of the Constitution.

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

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So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime—possibly resulting in imprisonment—for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)—whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction or comfort.

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This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.

In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox & Friends this morning: “It’s a matter of what do they mean by proselytizing. … I think they’ve got their definitions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.header

FRC has launched a petition in Washington, D.C., which has already collected over 30,000 signatures, calling on Secretary Hagel is stop working with Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization to develop military policy regarding religious faith.

Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty with the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. This article originally appeared on Breitbart News.

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26 thoughts on “Pentagon Moves to Court-Martial Christian Soldiers

  1. The Constitution was based on Christian principles. It would definitely restrict Chaplains from preaching their faith in services at any and all military chapels. This is an outrage and those who decided this obviously were more concerned with not offending anyone than who would be offended by this law

  2. Our Tyrant President wants to take our guns…now he’s restricting our Christian faith and 1st Amendment rights!
    Is he doing this with Muslims?
    When will America stop tolerating Obama and start impeachment proceedings against him before he tears our Nation apart?

  3. Agree Curtis. I have seen this from every source that want’s things like this to get out. Can you believe people believe in this? I would say NOT!!!!! Come on people do not believe what you read, until you can prove it from a government site. I looked and there is nothing on there. Feel free to look.

  4. Okay dip _hits! Why is that sorry ass piece of crap still in Texas waiting his trial for killing those soldiers at Ft. Hood? And Mikey Weinstein, are you are terrorist? You none American piece of crap. Why would you even come up with crap like this? If you don’t like our christian beliefs, you can go elsewhere. Call me and I’ll help you pack! Your a sorry ass piece of crap to even think of this! Now, get your ass back to work! And if your siding with the President on crap like this, then shame on him too. Enough said!!!

  5. Are you all really that ignorant? This article is incredibly inflammatory and completely inaccurate. The procedures this article is talking about is aimed at making religious extremism a court marshal-able offense. It’s not just “sharing your faith” that will get you in trouble. Damn you guys are willing to believe anything that gives you more to be angry about. Learn to actually read and research before you immediately take the side of someone making an accusation.

    Grow up, and look into things for yourselves. Stop jumping on the bandwagon. And to the writer of this article: If you REALLY believe the drivel you wrote here in this article, you should get your head checked. If not, shame on you for being purposefully inflammatory. The last thing this nation needs is more people widening the divide between left and right.

  6. kudos! on their own time, if not on the the army payroll, they want to proselytize; fine ! However my tax dollars are paying toward army payroll, thus i will not stand for my monies to promote religion. that money is state money and in doing such contradicts the Constitution;period!

  7. You obviously have never served, else you would realize that we are on duty 24/7. Liberty is still technically on duty.

    Also, what am I to do on deployment, when I’m technically on duty with no liberty for months at a time? Not go to church, because I’m on YOUR tax paying money?

    You may have a say on what the military buys with your tax dollars, but you do not own me, nor have any say on who or when I can worship. To think you do is an attack on the principles of this country. Principles I have sworn to defend against all enemies. Foreign, AND Domestic.

  8. We would have never dreamed of this happening. We are letting our government get away with pusing christianity as far away as possible and bringomg Islam as close as possible

  9. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/01/Breaking-Pentagon-Confirms-Will-Court-Martial-Soldiers-Who-Share-Christian-Faith

    Don’t be so quick to dismiss. This is article is pretty much a cut and paste from a pretty reputable news source. It would appear that you are the one who needs to do some research. One of our biggest problems is that we all say that this kind of stuff can’t happen here in AMERICA, but it is right before our very eyes. And I am CURRENTLY a soldier and from TX and I am very very concerned. Why do you feel the need to insult people you don’t agree with? Does it make you feel intellectually superior?

  10. Thats right! It is because this is not news and is not the way this idiot writer presented it. This is mostly about military leaders putting undue pressure on subordinates to conform to their brand of religion, which is TOTALLY unacceptable.

  11. (Outdated link to snopes removed)
    My husband was in the military for 22 years. We had people of all faiths, all religious backgrounds, who would invite families to various functions at their place of worship. Never once, during any time of his service to the US at any base in the US or Europe did we ever experience this. Our family comes from a long line of Southern Baptist ministers and we have never seen this. We currently live in the Camp LeJune area and he works with the JAG officers. This has never come up, nor do any of the commands at this or any other base in our area-including Cherry Point, have any cases for court martial based on religious grounds. Something, some where or someone has gone arwy with the information that is being released.

    MODERATOR COMMENT:

    Thank you for your input, but you obviously did not read the article. This is about the Pentagon’s memo released two days ago, not the snopes article you errantly linked to dated 2009 not your personal experience. I encourage you to actually read the article, follow the links others have posted here, and even go to the Drudge Report which has an entire column dedicated to this.

  12. The article was read, twice, and this is when I contacted my husband. He, along with other co-workers whom are active duty, checked a number of sources, including the Pentagon website that has listings of directives and memo’s on the Defense Department website and with the Chaplin staff which serves the active duty and retired community here in Jacksonville, NC. Information regarding this serious issue seems to be directed toward a maze of blogs, with information ranging from 2009 and as early as 4/301/2013-which was listed in the link I posted. .

    MODERATOR COMMENT:

    Fox News is not a blog.

  13. look on the bottom of your shoe because so far after several hours I still have found nothing. I think something smells and it’s not the military but maybe the article. Less opinion and more facts or someone will be burning in hell or would you be like a red herring type guy, like a “false prophet”? Ya Think? Prove this, which btw is not ever going to happen, but I’d love to hear this line of stuff you’re pitching, and please give me something besides Fox because they haven’t got much right intheir entire lives.

  14. This is a disgrace to what our forefathers fought so hard to achieve. We have a “president” in office that has duly sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America- and has done everything to go against it. Religious freedom from persecution was what this country was founded upon. I’m Catholic- and won’t be swayed to worship as the Government sees fit. God help us all.

  15. If it’s true then the military may be overreacting. When I did Navy boot camp in the mid `80’s there was a low-key but persistent pressure for recruits to attend church. Though a non-believer, I went. It was the only time and place the company commander wasn’t around!

  16. to Ben : since you left no vehicle for reply, i will use this. You can pray, worship when ever you want. The premise that one who is serving is always on the clock; is technically correct. If that is the construct you want to abide by; then if Christians can proselytize , without restraint, so should Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. ! Bye the way i served in Vietnam 1966-1967; thank you very much!

  17. When a nation has taken prayers out the schools, has removed the ten commandments, has declared gay rights and jail someone for mentioning Jesus but not Muhammad, or being shot for your faith in God, or be offended for having John 3:16 in football games and glorifying immorality…it’s because they have chosen the destruction of our safety as a nation and then wonder why our nation is in so much turmoil.
    When we cease to help Israel we become a cursed nation. In the Bible, God tells Israel, And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.Just to name a few Jewish celebrities Einstein German Jew: atomic bomb, Gershwin brothers Jewish Americans: songwriters for Tin Pan Alley, Haym Solomon Spanish/Portuguese Jewish who helped raised $20,000 for George Washington’s Yorktown campaign. On the back of your one dollar bill, a Jewish star is printed as a tribute to Haym Solomon. There are five pointed stars that form the six pointed star with a five pointed star in the middle.
    Now There’s this new dollar coin without the motto “In God We Trust” being handed to the customers as change. If that happens rejected and ask for on that has a the motto. Mississippi tells public schools to develop policies allowing prayers Yay. I hope the same is done here in Texas. I’m telling you people if we put back God in our country You will see A change for the better http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/us/mississippi-requires-public-schools-to-develop-policies-on-prayer.html. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 29:2 and Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

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