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Letter: Removing faith from our military demoralizes troops

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00 am

Many of us have or have had a member of our family in the military. Some fought and died, and are dying today, in an effort to protect our country and the freedoms we so carelessly take for granted, or so it seems at times.

We always think of our enemies as being “over there” somewhere on foreign soil. We need to think again.

Recently General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, a retired three-star officer who served 36 years in the military from 1971 to 2007, and who is now a member of Family Research Council (801 G St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001; issued a report regarding religious liberty in the military. The following is an excerpt from it:

“On April 30, 2013, Fox News reported: ‘Pentagon: Religious proselytizing is not permitted. Religious proselytizing is not a ban on religious coercion (which already is illegal), but if implemented will become an outright ban on the free exercise of faith by all military members, even chaplains.’”

This is not about our military, common service persons or their leadership, but he is talking about President Obama and his civilian appointees who are slowly but surely chipping away at military discipline, readiness and morale.

Now comes an assault on Christianity and religious liberty in the military. There would be an outright ban on even saying “Jesus.” To do so anywhere in the military would result in being charged with treason and probably court martial.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, with other civilian appointees to the Pentagon, is working to develop policies to carry out such procedures against any Christians in the military who express or share their faith even now.

To all you readers, consider well what a demoralizing effect this would have on our military. Contact Gen. Boykin for more complete information to find out how you can get involved.

Louise Dowdell


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