A group of military religious freedom supporters — and at least one critic — will appear before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee this week to testify on the state of religious liberty in the US military.
Advocates for military religious freedom invited to the hearing include
- Michael Berry, Liberty Institute attorney who acted on behalf of cadets at the US Air Force Academy this year
- Retired Chaplain (Col) Ron Crews, an outspoken advocate for military religious freedom
- Travis Weber, Director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Religious Liberty, US Naval Academy graduate and former Naval aviator.
Their organizations are also part of the Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition.
On the critics side, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein Read more
There are regulatory restrictions on what members of the US military are allowed to say and do when it comes to politics. With that in mind, there have been interesting displays from people in the US military (or claiming to be) over the proposed strikes on Syria.
For example, who would have thought a Soldier would publicly say this [emphasis added]:
“As a soldier, I understand that before any military action, our nation must have a clear tactical objective, a realistic strategy, the necessary resources to execute that strategy — including the support of the American people — and an exit plan. The proposed military action against Syria fails to meet any of these criteria.”
That was Read more
Many sites have now reported on US Army MSgt Nathan Sommers, a member of the US Army Band, who has apparently been targeted for his words or actions associated with “his conservative political and religious beliefs.”
As reported at FoxNews, Sommers
said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh, and serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his promotion party.
For its part, the Army categorically denied Read more
Remember Dan Choi? Most people probably don’t. He was the homosexual US Army veteran, a former Lieutenant, who led protests outside the White House in an Army uniform.
The trial for his 2010 arrest, before which he’d chained himself to the White House fence line and then “went limp” while being arrested, finally ended. He was convicted and Read more
US Army Reservist Major Stephen Snyder-Hill made waves when he “came out” to the world by asking the Republican Presidential candidates if they would work to “circumvent the progress” of the repeal of DADT. His question was booed by some in the audience. Now, Snyder is co-chairing a political “steering committee” to change the status of marriage in Ohio:
Leaders of pro-gay-marriage group FreedomOhio said Friday that Columbus resident Stephen Snyder-Hill will help lead outreach efforts…FreedomOhio wants to overturn the 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Snyder’s position is notable because he is constantly referred to as the “gay soldier” and by his military rank and branch of service — while he simultaneously advocates for a political cause. DoDD 1344.10, which governs the political activities Read more
In an era of increased sensitivity toward the US military and politics (from Facebook to reprimand to discharge), it was unusual to read a report in which US Air Force Academy cadets participated in a debate on the presidential candidates, calling for the re-election of their Commander-in-Chief:
The event, held Oct. 29, in the heat of the run-up to the presidential Read more
While Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey is “worried” about the politicization of the US military, the Department of Defense has published some starkly pointed articles praising the repeal of the politically-charged policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
This largely mirrors the narrative in the mainstream press — everybody is “cool” with homosexuals serving in the US military (and think of the children…). Amazingly, little attention is given to the voices saying its not as rose-colored as some seem to think. The Stars and Stripes pointed out one negative finding otherwise unreported in the press. Elaine Donnelly got a single line. Only the FRC has noted the Palm Center buried their own data showing 20% of units that had a homosexual “come out” after repeal had a negative impact as a result — data that is hardly a “non-event.”
In “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Never Mattered,” a US Marine Corporal took to the Read more
Sometimes the headlines just write themselves.
American Atheists Condemn the Decision to Include God in the 2012 Democratic Platform
At least there’s no question as to how they feel about that.