Christians are fleeing persecution in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan…and now HERE?

It may be hard to find an atheist in a fox hole on the battlefield because they’ve apparently moved into the upper ranks of the military and the Pentagon. Newsmax reports that “recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private religious counseling sessions are leading some to believe that a new crusade is in the offing, which creates such a hostile work environment for Christians that many are leaving the military or avoiding service altogether.

“People of faith are going to stay away from the military,” Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, told The Washington Times. They point to a number of recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private religious counseling sessions, and say such cases could cause some with strong faith to reconsider joining the military.”

Of course we’ve written here on many occasions about the efforts of Mikey Weinstein and his oxymoronically-named Military Religious Freedom Foundation to eradicate all expressions of Christianity in the military.

“A group representing chaplains says that it is finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain members of the cloth to serve in the military due to growing hostility to those of faith. “I know people who get out, officers and chaplains, who’ve said, ‘I can’t serve the way I want to in this environment,’ ” Douglas Lee, president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told the Times. “People who’ve said, ‘because of the religious liberty challenges I see, I think I’ll serve somewhere else.’ Berry said that the “hostile work environment” that is forcing most religious people out of the military is getting worse.”

“In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion was sent an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he had promoted Christianity and used a Bible during a mandatory suicide-prevention training session. Last month, a Navy chaplain was removed from his job and may lose his career after complaints about his private counseling during which he discouraged homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.”

The problem, in a nutshell, is that chaplains are mentioning religion. Which is kinda like saying the problem with preachers is they mention God. Silly me. I thought that’s what they were supposed to do — offer spiritual counseling to those who come for advice. Apparently, in this military, under this commander-in-chief, chaplains talking about God is verboten. What are they supposed to do? Tell you to take two aspirin and call back tomorrow?

When you’re praying for the safety of Christians around the world, don’t forget our military chaplains.

51 COMMENTS

    • why wonder,, our military has performed gallantly and courageously over the course of american military history without a god……
      I don’t think that anyone can say that every soldier, past, present and those
      who have yet to be born,, believed in a god…

      • Only 80%-+ claim to be Christian. It is obvious our soldiers are not performing as well as they do because of their belief in God. Let’s face it, a larger percentage of our military believe Obama is a failure as CIC than believe in God. What does that tell you. I rest my case.

      • I’m sorry but our soldiers performing as well as they do is because they are great soldiers! That is it!

      • May be the first time I can agree with you but yes – our soldiers are all great for being what they are, not because of who may be CIC period, and certainly not for who is now CIC. Honestly he can’t relate to the soldier, he just can’t. His socialist mindset won’t let him understand what it means to be in those boots and live in those boots or for our country to even need those boots. That is clear in his words and actions. Obama hates the very idea of “military.”

      • What the hell do you mean: “It is obvious our soldiers are not performing as well as they do because of their belief in God.”

        And you then say more military see Obama as a failure “than believe in God.”

        What I am asking you is just what the hell is that suppose to mean? Are you trying to equal Obama with a belief in God with this remark? To even compare Obama to God is beyond idiotic fyi which is essential what you did with your completely thoughtless comment. Maybe you should try to have a little respect for those with faith albeit you have none of your own?

        Are you insane or just plain stupid? Are you saying if the troops believed in Obama they would be performing better or if they didn’t have a personal belief in God they would be doing better? Better at what?

        Obama is CIC and HE is the failure, not the military that has no choice but to serve under this piece of crap.

      • There are plenty of atheists in foxholes.
        That statement came from a religious person trying to push an agenda.

      • They say there are no atheists in foxholes. Well, that’s because in the Marines we call them ‘Fighting Holes’. Oohrah!—(Attributed to) Jason Myers, USMC

        Foxhole atheist is a derogatory term applied to atheists who cry out to a god when under duress. Many theists like to tell jokes that imply their belief is correct because the punchline reveals that all atheists run crying back to God when they get scared.
        The joke/argument seems to be as follows:
        1. Atheist do not believe in god.
        2. Atheists, under stress will behave like theists by praying.
        3. Therefore, I can imply that all atheists secretly believe in god.
        4. I can feel better about believing nonsense because even atheists believe in my god.

      • [ “I don’t think that anyone can say that every soldier, past, present and those who have yet to be born,, believed in a god…” ]

        Such an enormously ignorant comment. How could someone like you with no faith in anything at all beyond themselves know of it? Who are you to speak for so very many souls?

        Your mistake is that you make this enormous assumption that everyone else in the world is devoid of faith like yourself. Maybe you should just shut up rather than present yourself as a pompous fool.

      • I believe he stated that “not every soldier”. He is not stating that they are all non-believers, but not all are believers…

      • Exactly Paul – it would be either serve or die or serve doing things that would make you want to die. Either way, for many to remove God is to remove the very soul of many which ultimately results in what we know as the most evil as our world would have it.

      • Okay but in terms of performance it’s hard to argue with the can of whoopass they opened on the Wehrmacht once they got their feet under them.

    • I think it’s another ” I’m afraid for my country” article…
      everyday he writes at least one of them,,,
      but he left out the ol’ “Barack Hussein Obama” bit he usually does,,,
      he’s gearing up for the big Hillary onslaught

    • First off you are not in the military and really don’t have any skin in the game –

      second off a Chaplin can’t speak of God? What exactly is a Chaplin suppose to speak about. . . oh let me guess, YOUR freedom of religion??? LOL

      You should probably stop hating on God so much, just for your own good despite your belief or not, it’s a respect kind of thing – Your freedom of religion includes everyone and their freedom too. But got it, a Chaplin can’t talk about God. That makes perfect sense – so what is it he is suppose to talk about then? Faith in what exactly, hope for what exactly. You are in the zero range.

    • You are absolutely free to walk away anytime you want… Chaplin’s are there to preach, they have their own building in which to teach from and on occasion offer help to those who request it. Those who want to go, do so, those who do not want to hear it, can stay away.. they are not being forced to attend church.. I have been a part of military life for over 30 years and not once were any of us forced to attend services.

  1. Comparing Christians who face real persecution around the world to chaplains who voluntarily serve in a secular military is not just stupid… it is insulting to the Christians around the world who face real persecution.

    It sounds as pathetic as a fat kid who missed lunch comparing himself to people in Africa who are dying of starvation.

  2. I have to agree with Brenden here… these Chaplains are not being persecuted. Perhaps discriminated against or ostracized for practicing their faith in the military. I don’t believe the RFF should have the right to force the military to take God out of the organization. There are many who still believe in God and want to still be able to worship on post or have someone they can talk to who can offer spiritual counseling when they need it. No one is forced to go to services on post or at all. But it should still be there if they need or want it. These men and woman fought for this right and they should get it.

  3. Question . . . if a chaplain can’t talk about God or give spiritual guidance . . . what exactly does a chaplain do?

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