Phyllis Schlafly

Reyes's column was actually an innocuous message. He summarized the World War II origins of the "no atheists in foxholes" phrase and then commented that faith could be religious or secular.

There was no mention of atheists outside of the historical phrase or of any particular religious group. The column was really very inclusive with no implication that faith has to be in any particular God, implying that everyone has faith in something.

If such a broad-minded, all-inclusive message is a problem, we have to wonder what has happened to our First Amendment right of "free exercise" of religion? Is Obama trying to eliminate military chaplains?

Incidents like these are building a climate of intimidation and discrimination against Christians in the military. It looks like those who are attacking Reyes are the ones who are spreading a climate of so-called "faith-based" hate.

The harassment of religion in the military may be part of Obama's attempt to make the government shutdown as painful to the public as possible. Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland is partially closed because of the shutdown (causing our troops to do their grocery shopping at more expensive off-base stores), but (surprise, surprise) Andrews Air Force golf course (one of Obama's favorites) remains open, ready for him to play his 36th round of golf this year.

The government shutdown closed the National Mall in Washington, D.C., but, in another example of Obama's politics, it was allowed to be open for an amnesty rally on Oct. 8. George Washington's home at Mount Vernon is not government property, but the feds closed the parking lot anyway so no one could conveniently visit the house.

The Obama administration closed Yellowstone National Park. When a group of foreign tourists disembarked from their tour bus in the park to photograph a herd of bison, they were locked inside the Old Faithful Inn and made to feel like criminals under arrest.

It's rather clear that the Obama administration is trying to select popular landmarks for closure in order to blame people's annoyance on Republicans. One of the silliest closures was a piece of South Dakota highway where it is possible to pull over and see the faces of the great Americans on Mount Rushmore.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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