Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who sponsored a similar amendment in the Senate, explains why it’s so important to protect the religious freedoms of our military personnel. ““Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line every day in order to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights, including the expression of our beliefs. Congress must ensure that we are protecting them as well."
Who could object to that?
The White House, apparently. The administration “strongly objects” to the religious freedom amendment to the NDAA bill, arguing that allowing military personal to be open about their religious belief would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.” Homosexual activists claim that conscience provisions “would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline.”
The presidential protests are no surprise, really, given the oppressive actions of the Obama-controlled Pentagon to root out religious expression in the military, or at least send it underground. The administration’s efforts are not only contrary to rights guaranteed by our First Amendment, but also portray an administration hell-bent on muzzling religious expression (especially by Christians).
All this is from a president who campaigned on “hope.” Where exactly does he think hope comes from? We place our trust in whom? Oh, right. Not God, but Obama.
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We can’t forget the truth: Hope comes from God. And hope which will not be disappointed is rooted in deep faith in our Creator, not the platitudes of an ordinary man – not even the president.
It’s ironic that the left’s hostility to religion is ingrained so deeply that they fail to see the significance of religious belief in the lives of our brave soldiers. It is precisely their faith that soldiers turn to in their most desperate moments—and they often find miracles when hope is difficult to summon.
What kind of leadership puts people on a mission where they face death, and then tells them to hide the source of their strength? It is a sobering question that reveals how prevalent evil is in the policies of the current administration.
As believers, we have every reason to hope. We know the welfare of this country does not rely solely on our own efforts, but ultimately on a God who cares deeply about each one of us. May God keep us determined, strong and faithful in protecting the religious freedom of our servicemen and women. To do less makes us unworthy of their service and sacrifices.