Since they are unpaid volunteers, this was not caused by a shutdown of military funds. Priests were warned that they risked arrest and military discipline if, without pay, they simply walked onto the base property to perform a chaplain's regular duties.
Congress quickly responded with a nonbinding resolution to reinstate furloughed chaplains on a volunteer basis. The House voted 400 to 1, and the Senate passed a similar resolution.
Barack Obama didn't have his fingerprints on that order, but since his views about banning any public reference to Christianity are well known, the military (and others) want to be in sync with the chief. Likewise, the American Civil Liberties Union and atheist organizations know they won't suffer any legal opposition from the Obama administration when they file their anti-religion lawsuits.
For example, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued a little school district in Jackson City, Ohio, to force the school to take a picture of Jesus off a school wall. The picture was one of 23 famous historical figures displayed in small frames on a school wall ever since 1947.
The school agreed to take down the picture of Jesus, but that's not the end of it. The school now is required to pay the ACLU $80,000 for its attorneys' fees plus $15,000 to reward five anonymous plaintiffs. The school settled and agreed to pay these amounts because it couldn't afford any more legal expenses to defend itself.
In another example of the anti-religious push going on in our military, a U.S. Air Force chaplain, Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, posted a column in the Chaplain's Corner section of his base's website entitled, "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II." An outfit called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent an irate letter to the base commander, claiming that some airmen, who remained anonymous, had complained.
Reyes was ordered to remove the column, but that didn't satisfy the anti-religion group. It demanded that he be punished.
This so-called Religious Freedom group took particular offense at the title, "No Atheists in Foxholes," calling it a "bigoted, religious supremacist phrase." They called the rest of the column "faith-based hate" and an "anti-secular diatribe."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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