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Among other instances:

  • A War Games scenario at Fort Leavenworth that identified Christian groups and Evangelical groups as being potential threats;
  • A 2009 Dept. of Homeland Security memorandum that identified future threats to national security coming from Evangelicals and pro-life groups;
  • A West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that linked pro-lifers to terrorism;
  • Evangelical leader Franklin Grahamwas uninvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service because of his comments about Islam;
  • Christian prayers were banned at the funeral services for veterans at Houston’s National Cemetery;
  • Bibles were bannedat Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;
  • Christian crosses and a steeple were removed from a chapel in Afghanistan because the military said the icons disrespected other religions;
  • Catholic chaplains were told not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop related to Obamcare mandates. The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.

Lee illustrated his argument that faith is being threatened by telling the story of a young service member who tried to commit suicide but survived.

“When I looked at that young man and heard his story – the rules say – ‘send him to the chaplain,’” Lee told the audience. “My heart said, give this man a Bible.”

Lee said such an act would be a violation of policy. He marveled that he could be reprimanded for “as much as whispering to a young man who is on his last hope – that there is hope. That I can just simply whisper, ‘here is the answer – take it home – I’ll take about it if you want to.’”

“The lawyers tell me that if I do that – I’m crossing the line,” he said. “I’m so glad I’ve crossed that line so many times.”

Lee said they’ve been told to “leave that to the chaplains. I’m here to tell you there’s not enough chaplains to go around.”

He warned the audience that a religious storm was fast approaching the armed forces.

“Your armed forces, the sons and daughters of the men and women like you,” he said, “are being told to hide that light under a basket.”

He urged them to pray for those who seek to follow Christ in the military.

“Pray that we will be able to weather the storm that I am almost certain will come – that we will not be required to put aside our Constitutional rights,” he said.

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Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He’s also the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” To check out all of his work you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @toddstarnes. In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in New York City.