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Atheists demand Christian military chaplain be punished for mentioning God
WDTPRS ^ | July 26, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 07/26/2013 2:23:06 PM PDT by NYer

From Breitbart:

MILITARY CENSORS CHRISTIAN CHAPLAIN, ATHEISTS CALL FOR PUNISHMENT

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).

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Read the rest of the chilling story there.


TOPICS: Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Politics; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: atheism; chaplain; christian; christianpersecution; christiansmilitary; mikeyweinstein; military; mrff

1 posted on 07/26/2013 2:23:06 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Did not need an crystal ball to see this coming.


2 posted on 07/26/2013 2:23:43 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

ATHEISTS are worrying way tooooo about religion ,just ignore it and move on


3 posted on 07/26/2013 2:26:16 PM PDT by molson209
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To: NYer

Hey America! How’s that “fundamental transformation” working out for ya?! Same old communism. Idiots fall for it every time.


4 posted on 07/26/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Amnesty. The DemocRATS' payback for the 2010 elections.)
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To: NYer
Don't worry. After religious men are run out of our armed forces, secular girls and fags will protect our nation.
5 posted on 07/26/2013 2:43:35 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: NYer

This long-suffering assortment of lab rats in a vast social experiment in human degradation that the US military establishment has become, are really in no position to raise objections. They are officially prohibited from making ANY commentary of the demands and expectations placed upon them, under threat of rather harsh disciplinary rules, no matter how unreasonable or ridiculous those orders may be.

Which is one very compelling reason to select a commander in chief who has had some REAL military experience, and has had both the demands of command placed in his hands, and the discipline of carrying out orders as directed from above. One may be relatively sure, then, that unreasonable or baseless commands are not directed at the troops, while disregarding the best utilization of the capabilities at hand.

Sending women into armed combat side-by-side with men in mixed-gender units is an unnecessarily complicated way to achieve “equality”, unless the intent is to REDUCE the effectiveness of the fighting unit. And denying the comfort of the sure will of the Lord in the foxhole is no way to buck up morale.

“Moral” and “morale” are from the same linguistic root, and to disregard the link is to defeat the powerful will to strive and win in difficult conditions in the field. Dispirited soldiers are easy prey for an enemy.

It is an axiom that some people are just much better at fighting than others, and of these excellent fighters, only some make excellent soldiers. Because an excellent soldier is a relatively rare thing, a combination of talent, discipline, training and willingness to stand FOR something, this paradigm should be encouraged at every opportunity.

A fully-formed human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly.

God would expect nothing less. And our military would have this taken from them?


6 posted on 07/26/2013 3:00:03 PM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Yes, idiots fall for falsehoods over and over. That why we have “low information voters”.


7 posted on 07/26/2013 3:12:10 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, except for six women in Sanford, FL, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: alloysteel
And our military would have this taken from them?

Yes.

8 posted on 07/26/2013 3:15:17 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: alloysteel

A fully-formed human being should be able to [...] die gallantly. —Robert A. Heinlein


9 posted on 07/26/2013 3:15:28 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: NYer

Atheists have a deep faith in the existence of God or they would not go out of their way to fight Christians.


10 posted on 07/26/2013 3:18:22 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 353FMG

My personal experience with atheists I’ve dealt with in person, not those I’ve stumbled across on line, all have a very angry and defiant attitude. They all but demand I prove that ‘my’ God is real. It’s the most curious waste of time to me, why anyone wants to fight about something they claim to have not belief in, just baffles me.

This week has been a rough one for me, all I’ve seen lately is hate hate and more hate. It’s so dark and evil, something I simply cannot relate to. When people can go bat sh** crazy over a ‘royal’ baby being born, I know it’s time for me to shut it down.


11 posted on 07/26/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: All

I wonder if Mickey Weinstein would complain if it was another religion besides christianity ??


12 posted on 07/26/2013 3:27:10 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: alloysteel

This is probably the best post I have ever read, on any website, let alone Free Republic.


13 posted on 07/26/2013 3:36:10 PM PDT by foxpro2
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Britain just gained a future King who will separate State from Government for another generation.

Apparently barriers against tyranny shock and disgust you.


14 posted on 07/26/2013 3:38:06 PM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: NYer

Why would an atheist care?


15 posted on 07/26/2013 3:40:45 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: NYer

Actually I think there could be some entertainment value here, at the expense of atheists.

A movie trope is that Holy water burns vampires and demons, and that they shun the cross, the mere appearance of which causes them deep pain.

The irony is that fanatical atheists are more and more training themselves, in a Pavlovian manner, to hate and shun the cross and other outward signs of Christianity.

So why not combine the two in jest? Explain the behavior of atheists in terms of not philosophically rejecting Christianity in a learned fashion, but by the simple idea that Holy water burns them and the cross causes them deep pain, like those possessed with evil.

It both works as humor, and it points out that their exaggerated behavior against Christianity, their hatred, is nonsensical.


16 posted on 07/26/2013 3:50:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Hoodat

A funeral for an atheist is sort of pointless - all dressed up and no place to go.


17 posted on 07/26/2013 3:52:15 PM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: Jacquerie

I’ve pondered what it would be like if every man and woman with religious convictions, regardless of belief, walked out on our armed forces.
What would it look like then?


18 posted on 07/26/2013 4:09:15 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: agere_contra

Yep, you have me all figured out! What a silly comment, not worthy of discussion.


19 posted on 07/26/2013 4:09:27 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: NYer

Atheism is the State Religion. And they are a mean bunch of busybodies.


20 posted on 07/26/2013 5:02:41 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: NYer

Punishment? Like nailing him to a cross?


21 posted on 07/26/2013 5:15:04 PM PDT by Mark (Obama is more confused than a hungry baby in a topless bar)
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To: NYer

So glad I’m out.


22 posted on 07/26/2013 5:17:58 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: alloysteel; foxpro2

I agree with Foxpro - BZ, well done


23 posted on 07/26/2013 6:24:02 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: NYer
I have heard quite a few incidents similar to this one, and if I am not mistaken most of them seem to be coming from the Air Force.

I guess Obama and crew focused on this group first.

24 posted on 07/26/2013 6:26:46 PM PDT by mware
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