MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 3, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell restrains liberty


— On November 11, 1918, a truce between the Allies and Germany ended WWI. Congress made “Armistice Day” a federal holiday, which became renamed “Veterans’ Day” to honor all veterans past and present. Today, a not-so-secret war is being waged against our Christian military personnel by this present administration and implemented by cooperating senior officers. A coalition of secularist activists and forces of political correctness fuel this war so that Christian service personnel experience restraints on their religious activities, intimidation, being silenced in expressing and sharing their faith with fellow soldiers, and extreme punishments are meted out for violations of commands from their superiors. Chaplains are being gagged, some forced to choose between their careers and  faithfulness to Christ’s calling to preach the whole counsel of God.

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law has put restraints on religious liberty thereby enfeebling many of our military leaders and sapping their moral and spiritual strength. Liberal policy makers in Washington exercise unprecedented power over our uniformed personnel. Outside groups wage an all-out campaign to silence Christian service personnel thereby removing inscriptions, mottos, mementos, documents, traditions from our military's long-held Christian heritage. With these assaults on faith many God-fearing personnel are choosing to retire or others avoid being recruited into the military service for our country and choose other careers. General  and our first  President  George Washington knew that Christian faith in our nation's service personnel was an indisputable asset giving impetus to their valor, courage, bravery in defense of our nation and our unalienable rights.

I am asking believers everywhere to 1. Honor and pray for all service members, especially those being discriminated against for living out their faith, 2. Contact your congressional representatives; urge them to support existing amendments to the FY 2014  National Defense Authorization Act  that buttresses conscience and religious liberty protections for those in uniform, 3. Spread the word about MilitaryFreedom.org, which provides an anonymous, confidential form for those seeking to report violations of religious liberties and obtain corrective legal advice.

CATHERINE WHITE

Muskogee