Religious freedom is under attack – first and foremost in the United States military – according to The Family Research Council, a Christian conservative non-profit dedicated to advancing and protecting “Faith, Family and Freedom.”
During a broad-ranging interview with MRC Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins asserted that, “This administration is on a search and destroy mission as it pertains to religious freedom in our nation’s military.”
Gainor noted, “We’ve seen a lot of repeated instances recently involving the military, about criticism of Christians – somehow demonizing people of faith. Is this a trend that worries you?”
In response, Perkins explained, “We’ve now catalogued incident after incident where the this administration – the civilian leadership apparently driving this – linked with outside radical leftist organizations, are doing everything they can to squash religious affiliation association and practice in our nation’s military.”
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Beginning with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “I think what we’re seeing in the military is really a microcosm of what’s going to be happening in the macro view of things with legislation like ENDA, the employment non-discrimination act,” Perkins warned.
He cited the example in Air Force Sergeant Phillip Monk, “who had a lesbian commander wanting to force him to acknowledge that a traditional view of marriage was discriminatory” at the cost of his position. Like Monk, many are fearful of going public with their stories because “if they do, they risk their careers.”
And they can expect no help from higher-ups. “This administration is doing everything they can to ferret out conservative Christian values in our nation’s military,” he explained.