Chaplain (Capt) Jerry Johnson, a US Army Chaplain deployed to Afghanistan, demonstrates the varied roles military Chaplains can play in theatre. He protects the free religious freedom of the men and women he serves. He advises the commander on issues of religion.
And he teaches world religions. Seven different ones, to be precise.
“It’s an extension of the chaplain ministry to educate Soldiers Read more
The truth of the US Army’s equitable treatment of “Rock Beyond Belief” has already been addressed. Oddly, though, many people don’t know that RBB may not be able to meet the restrictions imposed upon it by the Army even if it does find the funding it needs to proceed.
What restrictions are those? Well, the same ones put on the Christian “Rock the Fort,” of course: Content.
Unnoticed by many has been the fact Fort Bragg restricted the content at “Rock the Fort.” As noted in the After Action Report:
The bands and speakers stayed within the parameters that we gave them as directed by LTG Helmick, Read more
According to various reports, a US Army Staff Sergeant marched a group of Soldiers to a voluntary Christian concert put on by BarlowGirl at Fort Eustis. When some said they didn’t want to attend, they were marched back to their barracks and told to stay there, without access to their personal electronics and nothing to do but clean the barracks.
This was a result of a “miscommunication,” according to the Army; there was no “malicious” or even “intentional” act.
The company commander found out Read more
Michael Weinstein claims to be an advocate of religious freedom, willing to give his “last drop of blood” even for beliefs with which he disagrees.
Weinstein was recently proud to point out he had Penn Jillette, of Penn and Tiller, as a visitor at an MRFF rally. Penn had this to say:
Fair enough. More interesting, however, is what Jillette had to say about Christians, the very next day: Read more
Apparently, Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation thinks atheists need special government support to be considered “equal” with Christians.
The media has had a chance to digest the accusations the US Army post at Fort Bragg discriminated against atheists in their treatment of “Rock Beyond Belief,” and apparently interviewed those involved.
Doesn’t look good for Weinstein and his MRFF crowd.
“I think it all boils down to money,” [Col Stephen] Sicinski said Read more
Normally, Michael Weinstein leans on World War II imagery when he attacks Christianity, saying American Christians are banding together to take over the US (under a new government led by James Dobson and Dick Cheney, apparently) to create “oceans and oceans of blood.”
Adding to his repertoire, Weinstein now appropriates terminology from the civil rights era. In response to the US Army approving a planned atheist event on its grounds — but not on the terms Weinstein wanted — Weinstein had this to say:
This is taking North Carolina back to the Jim Crow Read more
Some people say that Americans who grow up in other countries before becoming citizens (rather than being “born American”) have a better appreciation of the life and liberties available in the United States. US Army Reserve LtCol Joseph D’costa, who was born in Uganda, certainly feels that appreciation.
He grew up with a desire to attend West Point, and ended up spending a year in college and turning down an ROTC scholarship not so he could attend West Point, but so he could attend the preparatory school to get ready for West Point. He was eventually accepted and graduated in 1989: Read more
Several news organizations are reporting the Said Musa (alternatively, Sayed Mussa) has been released from prison. An Afghan convert to Christianity, he had been told he was to be hanged for abandoning Islam, with the full support of the Afghan government.
The exact circumstances of his release are unclear:
Mr. Mussa…was released…after prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to go forward with the case, said Gen. Qayoum Khan, the detention center director. But…a senior prosecutor involved in the case, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was released only after agreeing to return to Islam.
Musa appears to have left the country, as did the last public convert to Christianity threatened with execution in Afghanistan. Other Christian converts — as many as 26 were arrested at the same time as Musa — reportedly remain jailed.