Christian Groups Claim the U.S. Military is a “Hostile Work Environment” for Chaplains Wanting to Proselytize

You know who has it really rough in the military?

Christians. Because I guess the ones in power can’t impose their beliefs on everyone else.

That’s seriously the claim being made by Liberty Institute senior counsel Michael Berry, who thinks the non-proselytizing rule is preventing Christians from joining the military:



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Congressman Introduces Legislation to Prevent “So Help Me God” from Becoming Optional Part of Military Oaths

Until late 2013, if you were a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, you would have concluded your Basic Cadet Training by reciting this Honor Oath:

“We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”

It’s that last clause that Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation fought to remove for so long and they eventually got their wish:



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Army Recruiting Center Removes Sign Reading “On a Mission for Both God and Country”

If you walked past an Army recruiting station near Phoenix recently, you might have seen this sign outside the office: There’s something scary about the U.S. military saying we’re on a mission for God… it’s the sort of rhetoric our enemies are using, offering religious justifications for war and violence. On Thursday, Mikey Weinstein of [Read More...]

Military Suicide Prevention Training Includes This Solution: “Invite Jesus Into Whatever You’re Feeling”

Just a day after Congress held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the military, during which four Christians talked about how rough they had it, there was a perfect example of how Christians take things too far.

During a suicide prevention training for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the battalion chaplain offered everyone explicitly biblical solutions with this handout which states that those who are suicidal should just “Invite Jesus into whatever you’re feeling.”

Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, explained the problem:

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Congressional Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military Gets Contentious

Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel.

You can now watch the hearing online. Weinstein begins speaking at the 25:18 mark, and his prepared remarks are here:



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