Under Obama Administration: hostility increases toward military chaplains

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From National Catholic Register:

Religion in U.S. Military Policy
The Family Research Council’s report notes that pressure to impose ’a secular, anti-religious culture’ has intensified over the last six years.

WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council has said that there is a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.”

“The climate of intimidation that began in the Air Force is bleeding over into every branch — leading even military chaplains to wonder about their security in referencing the Bible,” said Family Research Council’s president, Tony Perkins, July 9.

The D.C.-based Christian-advocacy organization’s report, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” documents what Perkins called a “wave of hostility toward religious expression in the military.”

The report said that pressures to impose “a secular, anti-religious culture” on the U.S. military have “intensified tremendously” under President Barack Obama, noting numerous incidents of policy restricting Christian expression.

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I’ll bet there isn’t any pressure exerted on Muslim chaplins.

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9 Responses to Under Obama Administration: hostility increases toward military chaplains

  1. “I’ll bet there isn’t any pressure exerted on Muslim chaplins.”
    Yep, that would probably be a safe bet.
    :-(

  2. Priam1184 says:

    And with now openly gay serving members of the armed forces their victory is complete. The American military will likely not do well in the next (and there will be one) major war that it fights.

  3. Anti-Relativist says:

    What’s worse, the actual story or the fact that I’m not surprised? Or the fact that the majority of American’s won’t hear this? Or the fact that many who do hear it won’t feel as if there is anything wrong with it?

    My vote is “all of the above”

  4. Sandra_in_Severn says:

    I can only say that this is one of the times I am glad that I am retired from the Air Force in January 2001. Although I am not surprised by this 180 degree change in direction. Back in the late 1990s and before September 2001, some junior officers (1st Lieutenants and junior Captains mostly) when I was a MSgt (just before my retirement) were vehemently hostile towards Christians in general, and Catholics in particular. But they would stay just “inside” the line between open hostility, and claiming “nothing was wrong” when questioned by more senior officers and senior NCOs about their actions.

    This was occurring a a number of installations, and levels. As I have learned from my peers and cohorts, after we had all retired. We thought we were alone in noticing it. Those same junior officers are now Colonels and a couple “fast burners” are even General officers now. It is not a surprise, except how long it took to occur.

    As to Islamic Chaplains, that is harder because there is no set method for “ordination” nor an organization that will provide “credentials” the closest is a group funded by Saudi Arabia, (of Wahhabi, the same sect as the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and many “suicide bombers”) who will “certify” that a man can teach about the Koran and Islam in both the English language and Arabic. One problem, many have been “caught” inciting rebellion and sedition by troops that are Arabic linguists and not Islamic. Chaplain James Yee was one example of this. (source: Senate Testimony of Dr. Michael Waller; http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1039743/posts

  5. Bob B. says:

    What has generally been not discussed is that the recent report of sexual assaults in the military stated that over half of the assaults reported were against men! Add to this the attempts to confine chaplains into political correctness and the overt antagonism of the senior officers (and their political masters) and it’s obvious the situation is rapidly approaching a breaking point.
    It’s been a long time for me since I was in the Army in Vietnam, but I appreciated not only what the chaplains did, but how they did it, often in times of great personal danger to themselves.
    I never thought I would say this, but perhaps there will shortly come a time where Catholics should be advised to not enter the military (at least until this administration leaves office)? The assault of religious freedom seems even more acute in the military, in large part because it’s a captive audience and orders are orders.

  6. The Masked Chicken says:

    Every chaplain in the military should resign. Let’s see how long people feel like putting their lives on the line without support of clergy. De Toqueville was correct when he realized that it is religious practice, specifically Christian religious practices, that separate America from Europe.

    Just a question to the crowd: why does the anti-Christian bias seem to float towards the top of the command chain?

    The Chicken

  7. Darren says:

    I pray even harder for our parish priest who recently left to be a US Navy chaplain!

  8. Sword40 says:

    One of my sons is an officer in the Marine Corps. He and his family go off base for Mass. They drive a considerable distance to avoid the base Mass.