May
01

U.S. Soldiers can be court-martialed for sharing their faith

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Breitbart reports that the Pentagon recently released a statement that soldiers who share their faith (I presume Christian or otherwise):

This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.

And thus it becomes ever more difficult – if it were ever even possible – to live out the commandments of and serve Christ while also in “service” of the State.

Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    It was inevitable that the First Amendment’s provision for the freedom
    of polytheism had to eventually take aim at monotheistic Christianity
    (per the First Commandment, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 2 John 1:7-11, etc.).
    This explains, in part, the Constitutional Republic’s selective
    persecution against Christianity.

  • Jaired Hall

    Perhaps the blatancy of this will wake up more Christians, since it’s so easy to fall into the “America is so awesome surely all our wars are just” delusion.

  • Dennis F

    The notion that anyone could serve the Devil in the capacity of a warring agent of the rulers of evil while professing to be a follower of Jesus, who told his followers to make peace with their enemies, is quixotic at best. It is hard to imagine how one could connect the kingdom under Jesus the Lord with a coup-instigated state which Constitution acknowledges as its highest authority “we the people” – not unlike who was highest authority when Moses was on Mt. Sinai or when Adam and Eve outvoted God in the Garden. The J-word does not even appear in the document; the authority of Jesus is simply ignored. The military policy is at least consistent with this constitutional position.

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