America’s military is the most trusted institution in our country. According to a new Gallup poll, Americans rank the military at the top of our societal institutions, with 76% of Americans placing “a great deal” or “a lot” of confidence in the military. We trust our servicemen and women. We know they not only protect us physically but also represent our collective commitment to freedom—including religious freedom.
But our military men and women are in President Obama’s crosshairs. He’s taking aim at their religious freedom, unapologetically so. Is it any wonder that a scant 36% of our citizenry places its trust in our presidency?
Religious freedom has been a generally escalating issue under the Obama regime. Obamacare’s squeeze on the conscience rights of religious employers, hospitals, and non-profits, for example, shows no signs of abating. And as the homosexual lobby wields increasing influence within the administration—shaping Pentagon policies on open homosexuality in the military and pushing for same-sex ‘weddings’ in military facilities—the progressives’ hostility towards religious believers grows ever more bold.
The current target? Conscience rights of military chaplains and believers.
The left has long aimed to ‘sanitize’ the military academies from even the scent of religiosity. The latest controversy reaches beyond the academies. It has erupted over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—a piece of vital legislation that included provisions designed to placate LGBT activists who sought to limit the ability of religious believers to speak or act in accord with their religious beliefs.
The House recently passed an amendment to the NDAA, which strengthens conscience protections for religious believers. While the earlier version of the bill protected only “belief,” the new version protects religious beliefs, speech, and actions.
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