Christian persecution in the United States military for religious proselytizing is being alleged by several congressman.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, any Army officer labeled Christians as domestic hate groups because they oppose homosexuality and gay marriage. This military officer also warned Army officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the Christian groups.
Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) claims religious discrimination and Christian persecution is on the rise in the US military:
“It’s been a steady attack on faith and religious freedom that we’ve seen in our military like we’ve never seen before.We are getting a lot of calls from soldiers saying ‘we’re afraid of going to church, we’re afraid to be seen praying, we’re afraid that would hurt our careers, our promotions.’ When you get the U.S. military starting to paint in the minds of soldiers that Catholics and Evangelical Christians are the equivalent of Al Qaeda or Hamas – that’s a big problem. That’s not a little problem.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he was not sure what the 40 lawmakers were talking about and was asked whether the US military is enforcing recently enacted section 533 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which reads, “No member of the Armed Forces may — require a chaplain to perform any rite, ritual, or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain; or discriminate or take any adverse personnel action against a chaplain.”
President Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation believe the Act calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing:
“Someone needs to be punished for this. Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior. If a member of the military is proselytizing in a manner that violates the law, well then of course they can be prosecuted. We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution…. It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which was identified as a Christian domestic hate group, says the military should not take this request seriously:
“Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military. That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.”
Do you think the enforcement of the Act would constitute as religious persecution against Christians?