A joint House-Senate conference has reached agreement on the final version of the 2014 Defense Authorization Bill, which includes some provisions regarding religious freedom while not including other provisions that were in the original bill. One of those provisions protects the right to proselytize:
Category Archive: Military
Dec 17 2013
Nov 07 2013
You knew when the Air Force made the perfectly reasonable decision to make “so help me God” voluntary in the Cadet Honor Code, the wingnuts were going to lose their minds over it. So of course two legislators from Texas are submitting a bill to make it mandatory again.
Nov 05 2013
For the first time, two men have been married in a West Point chapel (two women married there last year), and that has predictably sent the bigots into a total tizzy. Fox Nation has an article about it and the comments there are pretty much exactly what you’d expect.
Nov 05 2013
Not a day goes by lately when you can’t find yet another wingnut website going off on an outraged diatribe about the evils of my friend Mikey Weinstein. Today it’s the Patriot Update, which claims that the military is engaged in a “war on Christianity” that is all Mikey’s fault and will lead to the …
Nov 05 2013
After the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA in June, the Pentagon said that all soldiers with legal same-sex spouses of military personnel were eligible for the same benefits given to opposite-sex spouses. But many anti-gay governors have refused such benefits to National Guard members in their state. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered …
Oct 30 2013
In a victory for secularism prompted by action from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Air Force Academy has made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the Cadet Honor Oath. Naturally, the wingnuts are freaking out over it, like the American Family Association.
Oct 28 2013
Just when you thought the wingnuts couldn’t be any more ridiculous than they already are, we have the latest faux outrage from the right: Obama is going to make Marines were “girly hats” in an attempt to “emasculate the military.” Never mind that the entire story is false from the start.
Sep 14 2013
Bryan Fischer got his outrage machine cranked up to 11 on his radio show recently, claiming that now that gay people aren’t thrown out of the military for being gay, Obama “has made it a criminal offense to be a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ” and is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians. Well …
Sep 13 2013
The North American Mission Board, which certifies chaplains for the Southern Baptist Convention, has released a set of guidelines for their chaplains forbidding them from performing any same-sex weddings. Fair enough, that’s certainly expected and acceptable. But those guidelines seem to go much further than that and help reveal the importance of having humanist chaplains …
Sep 11 2013
This growing boondoggle on Syria gets more absurd by the day. Monday morning, John Kerry held a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and, of course, the questions were all about Syria. When a reporter asked if there was anything Assad could do to avoid military action by the United States, he …
Sep 05 2013
Sandy Rios of the American Family Association apparently thinks women and gay people can’t aim a Tomahawk missile. On her radio show she actually claimed that the “homosexual takeover” of the military and the presence of women means that our Navy ships won’t be effective in bombing Libya.
Sep 05 2013
Joseph Farah’s Worldnetdaily has a problem. They just can’t seem to make up their mind about Obama’s actions toward Syria, so they’re criticizing him for contradictory things. Obama is horribly wrong because he’s going to bomb Syria and support the Muslim extremist, Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels AND he’s horribly wrong and abdicating his role as commander-in-chief …
Sep 03 2013
President Obama surprised people late last week by almost kinda pretending to make his behavior consistent with his rhetoric by asking for congressional approval before he bombs Syria. The man who once said the president could not take military action without congressional approval except in an immediate and necessary response to an imminent threat — …
Sep 03 2013
I have long said that I trust the military leadership to make important decisions on the use of American military power far more than I do elected officials of either party. Politicians tend to make decisions on specious, self-serving grounds and be far too beholden to the defense industry to make rational decisions that actually …
Aug 28 2013
It appears that President Obama is preparing a military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We have no idea what sort of military response. I doubt it will be boots on the ground, at least not yet. More likely some strategic bombing of specific targets. Here’s the evidence that such planning is …