Quotes transcribed by Jeff Fenske
“..if a soldier is to talk to others about his Christian faith he could be open to court martial. As far as I’m concerned, ladies and gentlemen, if you are a Christian in the military, you better get out of it and get out of it as soon as you can“
– Dr. Stanley Monteith
“I agree with you completely. I don’t recommend anybody going into the military anymore — not only for this, but also for the dangerous vaccines that they force them to take.”
– Joel Skousen
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(Military religious prosecution discussed at minute-49):
|3:00: Bradlee Dean – Christian Music & Preacher|
|4:00: Joel Skousen – World Affairs Brief|
|8:00: Pastor Billy Crone – The Bible is the Truth|
|9:00: Cheryl Hancock – Current Events in the Middle East|
World Affairs Brief, May 3, 2013 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World. Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com)
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More on Boston Marathon Bombing
TX Airport Shooting: A Failed False Flag Event?
Pentagon Trying to Prosecute Christians for Proselytizing
China Nuclear Strike Policies Purposely Opaque
Giving Advanced Weapons to Israel Means War is Coming
PENTAGON TRYING TO PROSECUTE CHRISTIANS FOR PROSELYTIZING
The Pentagon has released a statement saying that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith. This is a tricky issue with a lot of repercussions surrounding free speech. Can a person say anything about his religion without it being interpreted as proselyting? Here’s the commentary by Ken Klukowski:
“Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”. 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.
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.”
This is an incredible and distorted position. Certainly conversions by threat or force would be counter to freedom and the Constitution, but voluntary expressions of faith? The military could rightfully ban certain religious or any non-germane conversations during official working hours, but the military now looks as if they want to control a person’s time and conversation even off duty. It seems the Pentagon wants to silence all religious opinions.
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 Wednesday 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, [then] I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”
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.
Part of this policy change may also be aimed at giving the military one more prosecution tool to stop Christians from speaking out against gays in the military.