By Tony Perkins
Whether it’s erasing a Bible verse on a white board or the banning of pocket-sized Gideon Bibles from an Air Force base, our military service members, under the Obama administration, have experienced an unprecedented rise in the suppression of their religious speech. Members of the Missouri National Guard are now finding out that even associating with church members is enough to trigger a secularist clampdown. Last week, the boys and girls of Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri were planning to salute the guardsmen at the church’s Vacation Bible School. You can probably guess what happened next. Fox News’ Todd Starnes talked to the pastor who told him, “We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty,” said Pastor Hogan. “It was more of a promotion for the military — to show the kids what the military does.” But at the last minute, the National Guard canceled the visit, blamed federal policy and told the pastor that “if the National Guard had assets on church property it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”
It was only last month when President Obama authorized an eight-member military honor guard to march alongside half-clothed people and transvestites in Washington D.C.’s gay pride parade. These honor guards are typically reserved for the President, Congress, and other state functions. While the Pentagon, under this administration, apparently is willing to bend the rules for a gay pride parade that salutes a different flag, they drop the hammer down on a country church planning to hold a patriotic celebration of the military. Several guard members told Todd Starnes that they were “ashamed and embarrassed” for what happened. One asked, “It makes me wonder what I’m actually fighting for…. I honestly never thought I’d see the day that this would happen in my hometown.” Sadly, that day is here, but we must not lose heart. The Armed Forces of the United States have defended our nation for well over two and a quarter centuries. Now it’s our turn to stand up for their right to exercise the very freedoms that they fight to defend. Please call the National Guard Bureau at (703) 607-2584 or send an email respectfully voicing your objection to this discriminatory act.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
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(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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