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Absurd: Military Priests Not Permitted to Serve Mass Due to Shutdown

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This is from Town Hall.

Who in the Hell does Comrade Obama think he is?

This sounds like the work of a Banana Republican tin horn thug.

This is a clear violation of the Catholic priests First Amendmendment Rights.

 

 

 

While the Obama administration has not quite been known for its respect to freedom of religion, their latest action is borderline insanity: due to the government shutdown, priests contracted by the military are forbidden from serving Mass–even if they want to do it for free.

From CatholicVote (emphasis theirs):

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.

If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.

Approximately one quarter of the military is Catholic, but only eight percent of military chaplains are Catholic priests.

This is just absolutely crazy. If a priest would like to say Mass for free, they should be able to. To prevent them from doing so is a violation of the First Amendment. The government is clearly using the shutdown to inflict as much pain as possible, even when it is completely unnecessary.

 

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US Army labels Evangelicals, Catholics religious extremists

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This is from Bizpac Review.

I resent being called a religious extremists.

The Religion of Peace is the extremists.

No one in the Evangelical Community advocates killing our female relatives because they are out without a male family member.

 The Catholic Church does not recommend murdering their members 

for leaving the Catholic faith.

Islam says this and more.

U.S. Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania lumped Catholicism and evangelical Christianity along with Hamas and al-Qaida as examples ofreligious extremism during an Equal Opportunity training brief.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty disagrees.

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A religious extremist? Photo creditgalatiansfour.blogspot.com

“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said its executive director, Ron Crews, Fox News reported. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

Oddly, the Army also listed “Islamophobia” as an example of religious extremism, which, of course, is not a religion, but a fear.

Fox News contracted Army spokesman George Wright regarding the incident. He advised the agency that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

“This slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” he said. “It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.”

The program’s presenter apologized and removed the slide after someone complained.

“We consider the matter closed,” Wright said.

The presentation first came to light by a participant who “considers himself an evangelical Christian and did not appreciate being classified with terrorists,” Crews told Fox News.

“There was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes wrote that “The Archdiocese for the Military Services was shocked to learn that the Army considered Catholicism to be an example of extremism.”

Given that Catholicism is the world’s oldest form of Christianity, I can well imagine.

extremeists sign“The Archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist,” the Archdiocese said in a statement.
They are calling for the Defense Department to “ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”

It took very little digging to discover that the presenter, not an expert in the subject matter, got her information from an internet search — primarily from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Why is there such dependence upon the work of the SPLC to determine hate groups and extremist groups,” Crews said. “It appears that some military entities are using definitions of ‘hate’ and ‘extreme’ from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations. That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military.”

We used to refer to the future as “a brave new world,” from the title of an Aldous Huxley novel. There’s nothing “brave” about religious bigotry, and there;s nothing “new” about hate and distrust.

 

 

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