Ken Connor

"There are no atheists in foxholes."

When Barack Obama ran for President, he promised to "fundamentally change" America. Over the last five years or so, the American people have gotten a pretty good idea of exactly what those words meant. We've seen that President Obama's vision of America is one in which we are entirely dependent upon government, and government is entirely unaccountable to us. In Obama's America, political appointees and unelected bureaucrats operate outside the law and without accountability, the Executive branch picks and chooses which laws to follow and which to ignore, and religious liberty is held hostage to the forces of political correctness and social "progress."

The latest battleground in the President's campaign for fundamental change is the military, where chaplains and other persons of faith are finding themselves increasingly under pressure to subordinate their religious consciences to the dictates of tolerance and diversity. In response, the Family Research Council is heading up a campaign to increase legal protections for religious expression in the military, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking notice. From the Washington Times:

"Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican, proposed an amendment last month to the 2014 defense authorization bill that specifically protects the "actions and speech" of religious personnel, rather than just their "beliefs." The third-term lawmaker said the amendment was needed because chaplains feel restricted in how they can pray and preach, and officers are being warned not to display their faith openly.

The Obama administration issued a statement opposing Mr. Fleming's amendment, saying it limited the ability of commanders to address "potentially problematic speech and actions within their units" and would have a negative overall effect on military units. But the full House supported the amendment and a similar provision, co-sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, has been approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee."

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.