I have often described myself as being spiritual but not religious, and I am not about to change my views, but it looks as though I am about to embark on a crusade in defense of those who are religious. Due to an article that I just read that angered me, I decided about five minutes ago to begin this essay. Quite honestly at this point I am uncertain if I am defending the religious, the Constitution, this nation, or all of the above. We will learn the answer together as the effort proceeds.
I am already primed for the battle as just a few days ago I published an essay in which my only contribution was writing the intro. The rest was an Email, word for word, that I received from a friend. It is entitled "Religious Rights Under Attack" linked below in Suggested Reading.
Many years ago when I enlisted in the U.S. Army I took an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. That oath did not come with an expiration date and so I regard that pledge, once taken, to still be in effect. Part of that Constitution guarantees us the freedom of speech, the right to worship, or not to worship, as we see fit. Nowhere in that sacred document is there an amendment allowing any individual or any group the right to deprive others their choice of beliefs, but the day has come when many of our nation's enemies, both foreign and domestic are trying to prevent a right that is guaranteed to all.
This is the most recent in a long line of assaults on the Constitutional rights of our men and women serving in the military.
Could Christian Chaplains Be Silenced Under Pentagon Rules?
President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”
His organization is the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and they are a group of far left militant atheists who have learned quite well the Orwellian new speak of collectivism. The very name of the group says it all. Why would any foundation advocating religious freedom call upon the military to court martial its members for practicing their religion. The fact of the matter is that they want the military, and for that matter this nation, to be free of religion, or at least Christianity.
From Huffington Post...
Fundamentalist Christian Monsters: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
'Today we face incredibly well funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation's armed forces.'
Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist For Religious Tolerance Policy
'Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC) who publishes a list of "hate groups." Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC's list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as "hate groups"'
'Weinstein also support Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC's "hate groups" list are incompatible with "Army values" and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.'
From Fox News...
Army: Keep An Eye On Anti-Gay Anti-Muslim Soldiers
'Among the groups the Army listed as “domestic hate groups” are well-respected organizations the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Atlas Shrugs and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Army listed the groups alongside actual extremist and hate groups like the Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacist groups.'
An interesting quote from the pages of history, and a question: Are we heading there again? Adolf Hitler once spoke disparagingly about Christianity and these are his exact words:
"You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?"
More of these vicious attacks on Christians in our armed forces are shown in the link below "Religious Rights Under Attack". It details how religious websites are being blocked by the Pentagon and even Chaplains are unable to communicate via Email with their church's main data bases. These attacks have absolutely nothing to do with religious freedom these groups claim to advocate, but are only one facet of the broad frontal attack on all of our liberties.
Sir John Dalberg-Acton once coined the phrase "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Sir Acton was a man of wisdom, and we should heed his warning for it is absolute power that Hussein Obama seeks, and he cannot achieve his goals without utterly destroying the very moral fabric of this nation, and that statement poses the question; what is the moral fabric of this nation?
It is impossible to write on matters of faith without offending someone and so in seeking the truth I shall apologize in advance for any feelings I may hurt and proceed. One needs but to study the history of the Medieval period and the Renascence to truly understand what made America so unique. During the Medieval period everyone in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Russia lived under under a theocracy, either Islamic or Christian and the leaders of both sects practiced the rule that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
We are all aware that the Pilgrims and other groups left Europe fleeing
religious persecution and each of those groups brought with them their own superstitions and persecutions. Consequently we had the Salem Witch Trials, flogging, dunking, and the pillory stocks. The colonies had a wide diversity of religious beliefs and practices, and come time for the Constitution to be written, many of the religious advocates wanted their beliefs to become the national religion.
Fortunately we were spared that horror by a group of Deists, and it was this group of intellectuals that set much of the world on the road to tolerance. A Deist, if you are unfamiliar with the term, accepts the existence of God, and disbelieves his intervention in Earthly matters, consequently rejecting miracles and the divinity of Jesus.
These Deists were the intellectual result of The Enlightenment and there were many of them among the Founding Fathers, contrary to what most believe. A short list includes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, James Madison. There were many others but these are some of the best known. They were in turn influenced by other great minds from Europe: Voltaire, Adam Smith, John Locke, Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, and followed by Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong, Wernher von Braun, and many other of the greatest minds in history. A list of many others can be found by clicking this link.
I am not trying to convince anyone of the correctness of Deists but simply acknowledging the contribution of the adherents of this belief. Note, if you will, that Jesus is not once mentioned in our Constitution, and for good reason. The Founders did not found a Christian nation. They gave birth to an assembly of thirteen colonies that believed in God.
Had they openly accepted Christianity as the national belief there would have been many among us that rejected the arrival of Jews, of Buddhists, of Atheists, of Deists, and any others who thought differently. Thus the concept of a true freedom of religion and a separation of church and state was born, and with it came tolerance, and much of that tolerance spread back to Europe
This is not to say that these Deists whom many assume were Christians, were anti Christian, as they most certainly were not. Contrary to what Hussein Obama would have you believe, all of the moral principles of this nation are based on the world view of Judeo/Christianity. That is why the Islamists, the militant atheists, the communists and Progressives oppose the Ten Commandments inscribed on the buildings that are part of our legal system, and the fact that our currency states "In God We Trust".
It is for that reason that those who hate this nation oppose the existence of a cross in the Mojave desert that was erected to honor those who served in World War I. It is for that reason that they now attack the right of the men and women in our military to worship as they see fit. They are not simply attacking one simple cross in the middle of the desert, nor are they just attacking one church among the many in the Christian faith, they have launched a total broadside attack on the morality that made America and created religious tolerance.
To those engaged in this battle to destroy us I have a thought. It is quite apparent that you have never taken the oath to defend this nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic. You have never laid your life on the line in defense of this country and its people. I would like to remind you of an old adage ... "There is never an atheist in a foxhole." When a man, fighting for America, is crouched in a hole in the ground with all of the ravages of hell bursting around him, there is nowhere to look but God.
Do not take that last hope from our fighting men!
At the beginning of this essay I wrote: "Quite honestly at this point I am uncertain if I am defending the religious, the Constitution, this nation, or all of the above."
I now know what I am defending...Sanity; and I know what I am opposing ... Pure unadulterated evil.
Religious Rights Under Attack
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