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Religious freedom under fire by military

Date published: 11/12/2013

Religious freedom under fire by military

While our eyes were fixed on the continuing resolution and debt ceiling intramural fire fight that was going on between the Houses of Congress, the Department of Defense was conducting a covert attack on service members' freedom of religion.

An online article by Thomas Starnes ("US Army defines Christian ministry as 'domestic hate group,'" Oct. 4) noted that the U.S. Army briefer identified the American Family Association as a "domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values." The question is, how does standing up for Christian moral values, marriage as a union of between a man and a woman and being pro-life make the group a domestic hate group?

Will we soon start to see a similar campaign to denigrate Christian organizations throughout our armed forces? Will the armed forces say that conservative Christian groups or religious organizations do not share service values? Does this mean that the services will now start "spying" on soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who are Christian and live--as best as they can--a Christian life? Will those who are Christian be denied promotion because, well, you know, he's a Christian and chooses to speak his mind about his faith?

The Congress is failing us in more ways than one. As important as the funding discussions are, we can't lose sight of our individual and group rights that are being trampled on.

K. A. Knowles