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Air Force Decides Not To Court-Martial General Who Mentioned God

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This is from The Daily Caller.

I am glad to hear The Air Force told Little Mikey  (Wienstien)Whinestein and his merry band of malcontents to go pound sand.

 Maj. Gen. Craig Olson  was speaking from his personal experience and nothing more.         

The Air Force has refused to punish a general for referring to God in a speech, despite agitations from a group interested in stripping the military of religion.

On May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson stated at the congressionally supported National Day of Prayer Task Force that God guided and strengthened his career, and without God’s help, he wouldn’t have been able to fly aircraft or execute nuclear missions, Air Force Times reports.

 “He put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars,” Olson said. “I have no ability to do that, no training to do that. God did that. He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that. I was not trained to do that. God did all of that.”

He further stated that he is a “redeemed believer in Christ.” Such a profession was too much for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The group wrote a letter to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on May 13 demanding for Olson to be court-martialed immediately due to violations of Air Force rules. According to the group, Olson’s speech was “brazenly illicit” and constituted “fundamentalist Christian proselytizing,” effectively amounting to an endorsement of a particular belief.

The Air Force disagrees. According to a spokesman for the service, Lt. Col. Pete Hughes, Olson did not breach Instruction 1-1 dealing with the exercise of religion.

“His remarks were his own personal opinions and do not represent the views of the United States Air Force,” Hughes told Air Force Times.

That decision didn’t satisfy the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Commenting on the National Day of Prayer controversy, Rev. Franklin Graham, a prominent evangelical Christian leader, said in a Facebook post that “this group would’ve tried to court martial George Washington when he prayed at Valley Forge! Come on — whose civil liberties are really being infringed on here? They want to bully Christians into silence.”
Olson is in charge of over 2,200 personnel at Hanscom Air Force Base, which is located in Massachusetts.

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Group Wants Air Force General Court Martialed for Speaking at National Day of Prayer Event

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This is from the Christian News Network.

 Major General Craig Olson was speaking of his own experience and he was not saying anyone must follow his example.

This anti God groups are as bad as ISIS as they are trying to force everyone to accept what they want.   

WASHINGTON — A group that works to separate God from the military has written a letter to Air Force officials to demand that an Air Force general who spoke about his Christian faith at this year’s National Day of Prayer event be court martialed for his “unforgivable crimes.”

Major Gen. Craig Olson was among a number of distinguished guests at the Washington, D.C. observance on May 7, and presented a 20-minute speech about his personal testimony and the power of prayer.

“I’m thankful that I’m a redeemed believer in Christ standing here right now,” Olson told those gathered, receiving applause.

He said that he came to Christ as the result of a Bible study at the Air Force academy, and has since learned to depend upon God for every task that he has been assigned to.

[God] put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars,” he stated. “I have no ability to do that, no training to do that. God did that. He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that. I was not trained to do that. God did all of that.”

But when the Military Religious Freedom Foundation learned of the speech, it sent a letter to the Pentagon, asking that Olson be punished for his behavior. President Mikey Weinstein called the event at which Olson spoke an “annual shame spectacle and display of Christian supremacy.”

“Olson’s highly publicized, sectarian speech is nothing less than a brutal disgrace to the very uniform he was wearing and the solemn oath he took to support and defend the United States Constitution,” it read. “This public address was his, and the USAF’s, ‘contribution’ to this scathingly sectarian 2015 version of the NDPTF’s annual shame spectacle and display of Christian supremacy and exceptionalism held in the Cannon House Office Building…”

Weinstein asked the Pentagon to watch the video of Olson’s speech and “tell me that you’re just not sick to [expletive] death seeing an active duty Air Force general officer boastfully proselytizing and freely witnessing his personal brand of his own fundamentalist flavor of his evangelical Christian faith to literally a worldwide television audience.”

He asserted that Olson’s speech violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, as well as military regulations such as Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.12, which prohibits superiors from engaging in the appearance of a government endorsement of religion.

Consequently, Weinstein asked that Olson be court martialed for his speech before the event.

“[T]he Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) hereby demands that Major General Craig S. Olson be immediately, aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions via trial by General Courts Martial and that any and all others who assisted him with his NDPTF speech of fundamentalist Christian supremacy be likewise investigated and punished to the full extent of military law,” he wrote.

 

 

The United States of the Offended

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This is from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

It seems being offended has become a cottage industry in America.

I consider it a good day if I have pissed some off and offended some

half witted liberal.

 

Air Force chaplain Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes recently caused quite a kerfuffle for writing about faith on his website, titled ‘Chaplain’s Corner.’   Lt. Col. Reyes is assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.  His article told the story of the phrase, ‘There are no atheists in fox-holes,’ a paraphrase of an older statement that dated to WWII and which was re-stated by President Eisenhower in 1954.

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Shortly after the piece was published, numerous atheists railed against the chaplain and contacted the powers that be, complaining about how offended they were.  The chaplain was accused of being bigoted, of writing an ‘anti-secular diatribe,’ and engaging in ‘faith-based hate,’ by members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Thanks to swift, decisive and spineless action by Col. Brian Duffy, Lt. Col. Reyes’ CO, the article was taken down and due apologies made as secular Air Force members asked for the chaplain to be subject to further punishment.  (It is not clear at this time if crucifixion is on the table, or if a good sound lashing will be sufficient to make the Christian watch his mouth.)

It doesn’t really matter how many individuals were not offended; that would be the denominator. What matters is that the smaller numerator of the offended won the day. And by now, we all know that there is no earthly power like offense.  A chaplain, whose responsibility is the spiritual welfare of the troops in his unit, should apparently know better than to openly discuss matters of the spirit.

And yet, what happens if offense flows the other way? I mean, we can drill this down pretty deep.  What about all of the people who were offended by the removal of the post?  What about those who were, we might say, offended by the offended?  When will they rise up and rattle their sabers so to speak?  There’s no end to the madness, really, when our highest goal is to be spared from offense or offending.

Of course, the idea of offense isn’t limited to the military and it certainly isn’t limited to letters of apology.  Just ask Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington. She is facing a Washington State consumer protection lawsuit and a lawsuit from the ACLU for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex marriage.  She said that she has no problem with homosexual individuals but disagrees with same-sex marriage on religious grounds.  We could say on some level that she is offended by the idea of same-sex marriage, and on another that both state and ACLU are offended that she dare to disagree.

The thing is, I don’t even want to address the idea of atheism here.  I have treasured friends who are atheist and/or agnostic.  But they are not offended by my faith, nor am I offended by their secularism.  And I don’t even intend to unpack the same-sex marriage issue either.  This may well become the law of the land.  I have known and continue to know, and care for, wonderful members of the lesbian and gay community.

My point here is the culture of offense and the tyranny of ideas.  I would never complain about an atheist website, or ask that an atheist column be taken down because it offended me.  In fact, I don’t know any Christians who would!  (Despite popular caricatures to the contrary.)  And if someone is LGBT, I don’t have any desire to oppress or harm them.  Furthermore, if a gay couple owned a flower-shop and a right-wing conservative sued them for failing to provide flowers to a traditional marriage rally, I would cry foul!

What’s missing from all of this mess is the marketplace of ideas.  The explosive evolution of thought in many directions, both to new ideas and treasured traditional paradigms. The diversity of opinion that can still make American great.  The unity that makes Americans like a family, which has arguments but still stands for one another even in disagreement.

If we accept offense, or the lack of offense, as the standard for all discourse and dialogue, then our intellectual development as a nation is dead.  And if we bully and sue in an attempt to force others to accept our opinions, then we are all petty dictators of thought.

Sadly, that’s no way to win the hearts and minds of your detractors.  But then again, if you can crush them with rules, laws and censure, who cares about their hearts and minds?

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MILITARY CENSORS CHRISTIAN CHAPLAIN, ATHEISTS CALL FOR PUNISHMENT

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This is from Breitbarts Big Peace.

More attacks on Christianity.

The attacks seem to be tolerated and promoted by Obama .

Why are we allowing atheist to bully Christians?

As Christians we need to stand up for our free speech rights.

A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes is a Christian chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations.

My legal research on this issue uncovered no regulation prohibiting Reyes’ speech, which looks like expression protected by the free speech and religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment. Military leaders did not respond to Fox’s inquiries asking the Air Force to identify any such rules.

Nonetheless, only five hours after MRFF’s complaint, the essay was removed from the website. Duffy has profusely apologized to MRFF for not stopping this religious leader from sharing religious thoughts.

But this response—which again appears to be a violation of Reyes’s First Amendment rights—is insufficient for MRFF. They said, “Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” and, “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately punished.” (Emphasis added).

So MRFF is saying that the coercive power of government must be used to punish a military officer, who is also an ordained Christian minister, for making ordinary religious references consistent with his faith.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council—one of the leaders of a new religious liberty coalition for the military—responded, “A chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members… Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?”

MRFF is activist Mikey Weinstein’s organization. He calledobservant Christians “fundamentalist monsters” seeking to impose a “reign of theocratic terror,” and he described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of “spiritual rape” that makes believers “enemies of the Constitution” who are committing an act of “sedition and treason” against this nation.

The Obama-Hagel Defense Department and Air Force have met with Weinstein and MRFF over a period of four years and recentlytold Congress that there are no problems with suppressing religious speech in the military. However, because this growing wave of anti-Christian extremism has been exposed to the public, the U.S. House has inserted new religious liberty protections for military members in pending legislation.

President Obama threatens to veto the legislation. Reyes’s story makes it more likely that Congress will stand its ground and fight to protect the religious liberty of him and countless others in the military, as those service members continue risking their lives to fight for all Americans.

Air Force Removes Video that Mentions God

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This is by Todd Starnes On Fox News Radio.

 Would it be alright if this video mentioned the spawn

of Satan aka mohammed?

I bet it would be fine.

In the video you could substitute Sergeant Majors for 

the Marine Corps or Army .

You could even apply this to the Navy’s

Master Chief Petty Officer.

Old NFO please feel free to correct me about the Navy.

The Pentagon directed an Air Force Base to remove a video tribute to First Sergeants because it mentioned the word ‘God’ and might be offensive to atheists or Muslims, Fox News has learned.

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The tribute was created by a chaplain at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The chaplain wrote a poem titled, “God Created A First Sergeant.” It was later adapted into a video with a narration. First Sergeants are senior non-commissioned officers who look after enlisted members.

The video was modeled after the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial titled, “God Created A Farmer.”

“On the eighth day, God looked down on His creation and said, ‘I need someone who will take care of the Airmen,’” the tribute read. “So God created a First Sergeant.”

Chaplain leadership at the base signed off on the project as well as other base officials and earlier this week the video was posted on YouTube. But it was soon taken down after other officers objected.

“Proliferation of religion is not allowed in the Air Force or military,” wrote the chief of the Air Force News Service Division in an email obtained by Fox News. “How would an Agnostic, Atheist or Muslim serving in the military take this video?”

“I would not recommend using this at all,” the chief wrote.

He also took issue with the wording of the video, according to the emails.

“The choice of ‘On the Eighth day’ verbiage to begin this video is highly suggestive from the book of Genesis in the Bible and has Christian overtones,” he wrote.

An Air Force spokesperson told Fox News the video was removed for a legal review.

“The Air Force removed the ‘God Created a First Sergeant’ video from the official Joint Base McGuire Dix YouTube site to evaluate whether it is consistent with official Air Force guidance, to include whether it meets official guidance governing religious neutrality in the Air Force as prescribed in Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Culture,” spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement.

A source with knowledge of the incident told Fox News that the video was made to simply honor First Sergeants. The chaplain had written the poem several months ago and it was recently turned into a multimedia presentation.

The decision to censor the video comes less than a week after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation ordered the Air Force to remove an inspirational painting from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

The painting included a reference to a Bible verse in the Gospel of Matthew, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

The Air Force complied with those demands and less than one hour after MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein filed the complaint, the painting was removed.

An Airman who reached out to Fox News said Air Force leadership is “hypersensitive to anyone who says they feel like their rights are being violated.”

“It’s extremely frustrating,” the Airman said. “The Air Force is living in fear of Mikey Weinstein.”

The Airman, who asked not to be identified because he feared being disciplined, said many people are furious over the censorship of the chaplain’s video.

“If our chaplains cannot speak the name of God, let alone Christ, why have them?” he asked. “I’ve towed the company line for years but this has pushed me too far to sit quietly while personal liberties are trampled upon.”

The Airman said in recent months they have been reminded that they cannot proselytize and they cannot share their faith on the installation.

“We are strongly discouraged from having any kind of Christian items on our desks or in our offices,” he said.

Watch the censored video:

 

CONGRESSMEN PROBE RELIGIOUS BIGOT’S INFLUENCE AT PENTAGON

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Sadly I think this is just a smoke screen to try to

distract people for the real Religious Bigots.

Which are the Muslims and the Atheist.

 

Following Breitbart News’ reports on the Pentagon collaborating with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein, which may lead to courts-martial for Christian proselytizing, members of Congress are preparing a letter demanding answers from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-LA) are circulating the letter among fellow congressmen. Lamborn discussed the letter and his concerns during an interview with Breitbart News this afternoon.

There is already a provision in federal law, Section 533 of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that guarantees freedom of religious belief in the military. It does not explicitly reference service members verbally sharing their faith with each other, though such protection can fairly be inferred from the statute’s language.

Lamborn explained, “Congress put Section 533 into law to give [military] chaplains freedom of conscience. There have been indications recently that have made us in Congress question whether the military is fully honoring Section 533.”

The congressman says that right now Congress is “gathering information” about this situation. Regarding this forthcoming letter, Lamborn says it requires Hagel to shed light on the particulars of Weinstein’s suggestions:

[Hagel must] tell us, among other things, whether they are working with a liberal organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which condemns religious proselytizing, and they would like to keep chaplains from carrying out their appropriate responsibilities and duties. Chaplains should be able to provide spiritual guidance to those they are working with, and yet it seems there are those on the outside such as this organization that seems to have a problem with chaplains doing their duty.

Asked about possible next steps, Lamborn concluded, “If the military can’t get it right, we’ll have to revisit 533. We’re hoping it doesn’t come to that.”

 

PENTAGON MAY COURT MARTIAL SOLDIERS WHO SHARE CHRISTIAN FAITH

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This is from Breitbarts Big Peace.

Why is the military targeting Christians?

Will these rules apply to Moose Slime’s?

I doubt it will apply to Moose Slime’s.

 

 

 

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.

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.

In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning:

It’s a matter of what do they mean by “proselytizing.” …I think they’ve got their defintions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”

FRC has launched a petition here which has already collected over 60,000 signatures, calling on Secretary Hagel is stop working with Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization to develop military policy regarding religious faith.

**UPDATE**

The FRC petition has now exceeded more than 40,000 signatures at the time of this update.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty with the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.  

 

 

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