A man once had a saying
That he really liked to say
It was pithy; it was powerful,
So loudly he would bray
He would work it into comments
For the Internet to view
But the thing about his saying is,
It simply wasn’t true.
It didn’t happen often
Someone new would come along
And his saying would be challenged,
Called “misleading”, even “wrong”
The man would get offended
But I rather wonder why—
The truth is always better than
A pretty little lie
The plain and simple truth is that there are, and have always been, atheists in foxholes. “There are no atheists in foxholes” is pithy and punchy and powerful… and a lie, and an insulting lie at that. But the Christian Examiner takes offense at the notion that the Freedom From Religion Foundation would release such an “unflattering twist” (when the truth is unflattering, you are doing something wrong). The Examiner notes:
The group’s ad seems oddly out of place in the magazine, nestled among advertisements from Sikorsky, a provider of helicopters to the Department of Defense; FN Herstal, the maker of Browning and Winchester firearms; and other businesses that support the mission of service personnel.
Yet the full-page ad’s placement is not surprising for those who track the status of religious liberty within the ranks of the armed forces.
What follows is, of course, a list of unconstitutional entanglements and Christian privilege in the guise of religious liberty.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s own policy says the department is committed to ensuring “all service members are free to exercise their Constitutional right to practice their religion….”
Despite the policy there are those, including some within the military itself, who want to muzzle Christian service members.
But it’s not “despite” at all–it’s “because of” that policy that the over-reaching proselytizing of chaplains and officers is being reined in.
“Unfortunately, pressures to impose a secular, anti-religious culture on our nation’s military services have intensified tremendously during the Obama Administration,” reads a statement by FRC’s Tony Perkins and Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jerry Boykin. It also notes, “This pressure exists across the armed services, but it has become extremely acute in the United States Air Force (USAF).” Perkins is president of the Family Research Council; Boykin is the group’s executive vice president.
You don’t even really have to read between the lines–what they are describing is exactly the process of having long-standing privilege finally being challenged.