Skip to comments.Military Members Are Losing Their Religious Freedom While Trying To Protect Yours
Posted on 07/08/2020 7:46:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Navy last week asked my husband to sign his name to a new restriction broadly prohibiting, in bold letters, a multitude of activities to include indoor religious services and even to discourage in-person use of drive-in spiritual services. While we maintain a faint hope that the military doesnt really mean to restrict religious practices, the latest restrictions preclude nearly all indoor religious services even those adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.
The Catholic Masses my husband and I attend are vastly better spaced than the grocery or liquor stores where he can shop, or even the authorized Chick-fil-A drive-through that is crowded with customers constantly handing credit cards and receipts back and forth between the same few teenagers. The difference is that the food we receive in Mass is much more essential.
As the government lays out ever-changing and inconsistent guidelines for safeguarding the same members of the military who sacrifices their lives in conflicts all over the world, they risk killing freedom on the home front by restricting religious practice. Military leaders are coming dangerously close to suppressing the very rights and values they are sworn to protect.
Free speech is another First Amendment right under attack across the fruited plain. Generals are being cajoled for walking alongside the commander in chief and shamed for standing against the burning of a church, tantamount to an attack on religious freedom.
Other military leaders have signaled they will not follow the presidents orders if they or perhaps just the coercive mob dont agree with those dictates. Lower-ranking service members, however, could face legal punishment for attending a simple church service.
Another part of that First Amendment, which articulates the right to freely assemble, is off the table for military members in even small groups and many law-abiding citizens across the nation. Looters and protesters, however, so many of whom seek to deconstruct law and order, are accommodated in their so-called righteous need.
We know leftists openly oppose the Second Amendment, but how much more blatantly now the First? Ordinary Americans are being hustled, masked, and muzzled right out of our constitutional rights.
As members of the military are prohibited from attending religious gatherings, masses of masked protesters representing Black Lives Matter preach that denying allegiance to their organization is equivalent to denying the obvious statement that black lives do matter, which nearly all Americans affirm. What we should not affirm is the twisted rhetoric and double standards of a destructive, Marxist-rooted organization that would bully Americans into adherence and silent fear, while disregarding the black lives of those who dont further their agenda, such as those slated for abortion or lost in New York and Chicago shootings that dont involve the police.
The real threat to Americans is not a virus or racism so much as enemies to truth and reason who seek to manipulate pandemics, hatred, and emotions to loot and uproot the heart of America. They cannot pilfer what we refuse to relinquish, however, and that applies to faith.
I am a simple military wife, raising my children while trying to work from home. I cant easily afford time to write essays, but the cost of quiet compliance is too high.
It is time to speak out at all levels and assemble in the name of freedom not scream obscenities, jump on cars, shoot people, and tear down statues, but gather peacefully in our churches, synagogues, and other places of worship before God in prayer. It is time for courage. It is time to uphold the oaths we have sworn to protect what is most precious against enemies foreign and domestic.
We are in a battle for the truth, but the war has already been won. The truth can be discerned, tested, appreciated, or distorted, but only in the little minds of men. Reality exists outside mankind. We didnt make it, and we cant unmake it no matter how loudly we rage or how thoroughly we mask it. The transcendental nature of what is enabled the Founding Fathers to assert, We hold these truths to be self-evident.
Independent of what any military can mandate, agitator can label, weak-minded collegian can chant, or self-seeking politician might sanction, there exists truth: good and evil, right and wrong. The truth is triumphant, and it is time we bear witness to that victory.
The author is the wife of an officer in the U.S. Navy, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal against her husbands career.
Where is the Chaplain’s corps on this issue? It is outrageous.
Better get where is the CIC?
My granddaughter USNA class of 2024 just reported to Annapolis.
A video prepared for parents stated that on Sunday plebes will be given opportunity to pursue religious services.
She is 100% right in each respect. These would have all been recognized guidelines when I was in the military;spelled out in our printed guides. This was some years ago & I think I would not volunteer for the military now, even if I could. I don’t know exactly where the military took this obvious left turn, but they seem to have done just that.
I served over 20+ years in the US Army. I was proud to serve back then when officers, NCOs, and enlisted all went to Chapel on Sundays. You actually had people pray. Even had meetings during the week at the post Chapels. Not today. It saddens me to what the military is doing and being asked to do. Civilians in the Pentagon who have nothing to do except on their collective fat asses in an office, making rules for people dying to protect the rights of this Republic. I could not serve today under all these stupid rules. I am a Christian FIRST. The nation comes second, not first in my life. I answer to GOD first, not the Pentagon or officers. I could not serve today. I am danged glad that GOD allowed me to serve then and not now. I would end up getting Courts-Martialed for running my mouth today. I would be telling them they could kiss my behind, that I was a Christian first, then the military. God, family, nation, then military. But there are much more important things than taking orders from a bunch of A-holes who are out for their selves.
CIC does not know these petty details until they become un-petty. Chaplains should run this up the ladder.
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