Pentagon Threatens Court Martial for Witnessing

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The Pentagon says soldiers can be prosecuted for sharing their faith.

Fox News and CBN Report:

The Defense Department released the statement to Fox news, which reads, “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense”  and punishments can include court-martial.

This comes after Pentagon officials met with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, who said even the presence of a Bible on a desk can amount to proselytizing.

He added that even a Christian bumper sticker on an officer’s car or a Bible on a desk can amount to “pushing this fundamentalist version of Christianity on helpless subordinates.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin told CBN News he believes there’s an agenda to get christians out of the military.

“It’s not just about officers or commanders sharing their faith, it’s about every individual soldiers, sailor, airmen or marine being able to exercise their faith,” Boykin said.
 
“The First Amendment talks about the ‘free exercise, thereof,’ speaking of our faith. This will destroy our military because mom and dad in the central part of the U.S. are not going to want Johnny and Janie to join the military knowing that they would not be able to exercise their faith at the same time that they are protecting those constitutional rights to do so,” he warned.

Soldiers in our church who have been deployed in Afghanistan, report that praying, spiritual counseling, and biblical advising is a blessed part of mutual support and morale building amidst the stress hurricane of the front lines.

Watch this video interview with retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/May/Atheists-Seek-Pentagon-Crack-Down-on-Proselytizing/

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Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion and Womanly Dominion) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Taylors, SC. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 30 to 20 (born 1983 to 1994).
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One Response to Pentagon Threatens Court Martial for Witnessing

  1. http://www.charismanews.com/us/39339-pentagon-backpedals-on-court-martial-christian-soldiers-who-share-jesus

    Pentagon Backpedals on Court-Martial for Christian Soldiers Who Share Jesus
    5:00PM EDT 5/2/2013 NICOLE LANGE

    Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Wednesday for records related to a Pentagon statement issued Tuesday that indicated members of the military could be subject to court martial for “religious proselytization.”

    The Department of Defense spokesperson who made the comments backtracked in a new statement Thursday that explains, “Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”

    “Members of our military should not be denied the very freedoms they fight to defend. Freedom of religion and speech are paramount among those freedoms,” says legal counsel Joseph La Rue. “We appreciate the Pentagon’s clarification, but little or no evidence exists of coercive proselytization in the military, so we are still troubled over what motivated the original comments.”

    “We wish to ensure that the Pentagon does not deny members of the armed services the basic freedoms that the Constitution guarantees all Americans,” La Rue adds. “For that reason, Alliance Defending Freedom is serious about investigating this gross error.”

    On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen issued a statement on behalf of the Pentagon that said that “religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense” and that “court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis.”

    The Alliance Defending Freedom FOIA request asks for copies of all communications between Christensen and others on the matter.

    “Because we provide legal representation to a number of individuals who stand to be negatively impacted if this policy is enforced, we seek to determine the authority under which LCDR Christensen made the above-referenced statements,” the request states.

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