OK, I will admit that I am an ordained Pastor within the Grace Brethren Church. I will also admit that I have been and will continue to speak my mind, through this blog, on topics that relate to the country and the Navy. That being said, I want to address the trend of the politicians to limit practice of Christianity.
There are a number of stories in the news today about the President's Administration limiting the exercise of free speech by Military Chaplains. Today, Catholic Chaplains have been bared from reading a letter from their Cardinal addressing the requirement of hospitals to provide abortions and birth control. This requirement of "Obama Care" is applied regardless of religious affiliation of the hospital or clinic. Naturally, the Catholic Church and other denominations that operate hospitals are repulsed by this direction. I too stand against abortion. And I stand for free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution. Preventing the free discussion of any issue will only breed contempt and anger.
Another disturbing move happened a few months ago when the Military forbid Christian Chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, you should know that Jesus told his disciples that anything they pray for, "in his name" would be granted to them. This move had very little main stream media coverage and has mostly been swept under the carpet. You may remember that I wrote about this topic on this blog several months ago.
It seems that any religion can be held up as a positive example, a good model for living, and something to ascribe too, EXCEPT Christianity! The government refuses to label the attack on Army troops at Fort Hood Texas as terrorism. If that was a white soldier killing Muslim soldiers, the government would have surely labeled it as a "Hate Crime"! But, it seems, Muslims can do no wrong. Then, a retired Special forces General was scheduled to speak to the Cadets at West Point on the topic of Christian Faith in the Military. The militant front in the U.S. for the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, protested against the General's speech and under pressure from top Army brass, he with drew from the speech! There are other cases, in the news, that illustrate this alarming assault against Christianity. For instance, there is a growing movement in America to include Sharia Law in our court system! Honor killings, female genital mutilation, depriving girls from going to school; Is this what America is about?! Not the America I fought for!
So, what do we do? Speak out for Christian religious freedom. Research your candidates and vote for those who support the Constitution, in it's entirety! And., most of all, pray for our nation.