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Rear Admiral Lee Addresses Restrictive Regulations on Religious Liberty

Admiral: I'm not Backing Down

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Over the last several days we've watched the Pentagon double timing in their efforts to get ahead of the fallout from the April 23rd meeting between anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein and senior Air Force officials. In the meeting, discussion surrounded a forthcoming Air Force policy on religious expression that Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding said "will be a panacea to all religious issues." Many in the Christian community have sought to make sense of the Pentagon's confusing statements this past week -- particularly the most troubling line: that "religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense." Coercion has always been prohibited. But another Air Force statement said "members are free to express their personal beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable." Uncomfortable is obviously subjective. The Pentagon later claimed that evangelism is not included in their definition of proselytization.

However, a well-respected Rear Admiral as well as an avalanche of recent attacks on religious liberty in the uniformed services completely contradict the official line put out by the Pentagon. Yesterday, video was released of the speech given by Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Lee at the National Day of Prayer service on Capitol Hill. The Admiral boldly declared that he had disregarded the rules and gave a Bible to a service member who had attempted suicide. He went further and pledged not to abide by the restrictive regulations. To a standing ovation, Admiral Lee promised not to back down from "my right under the Constitution to tell a young man that there is hope."

After listening to his speech and reading the steady stream of reports about suppression of religious expression, I don't see how one can dismiss these concerns as rising from some kind of conspiracy theory being pushed by Christian groups. In reality, the concerns stated by Christians in the military are the result of an environment of increasing religious hostility that has been created by restrictive regulations at the behest of activists like Mikey Weinstein. Several weeks ago, Defense Secretary Hagel was grilled about them in a Congressional hearing -- but said he knew nothing about it. A conspiracy? No. An environment created by Mikey Weinstein's influence over military regulations and compliant leaders? Yes.

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Comment by Prof. Charles Xavier on May 22, 2013 at 11:16pm
Comment by Bob Lee on May 10, 2013 at 1:18pm

It is no surprise that Admiral Lee mentioned in his statement that the Lawyers have put his faith on notice, about how, and what he can say to Sailors under his Command, about the hope in Christ, when these men and women are at their lowest points in their lives, many even taking their lives in desperation. What an outrage on the part of these Lawyers. My grandfather always used to say that, "if you want anything, even the simplest things queered up, then get a Lawyer involved". William Shakespear did write and suggest "killing all the Lawyers" which seemed to have been just as much a pain in the  arse in Elisabethan England, as they are today, in 21st Century America. They seem to bring the ire of a people on them for all their mis-deeds throughout the Centuries. That's a talent that no other profession can claim. For some reason still unknown to me, we allow them to get away with it. It's odd, how my father told us that he had attended Chapel all the time, while on Base, in the Army. It is difficult to believe that a Nation which was Founded by various Denominations of the Christian Faith, and be defended by the sons and daugthers which also professed the same Faith, can now turn its back on that Faith, and the people who proclaim it, while harassing those in leadership positions to not acknowledge it, or to keep it to themselves. What a outrageous suggestion. Our Founding Fathers would be utterly disgusted with what we have become. GOD bless Admiral Lee for standing up and being counted as a Soldier of Christ. Many more need to do so, in all Public Offices, because by doing so, we put our enemies of Faith on notice that we will not give up our Constitutional Rights to Freedom of Religion, as they Witness their  Faith in Jesus for all the world to see. Pray, also, to St, Michael the Archangel, the Captain of Warrior Angels who defeated Satan, and ask him to defend you in your spiritual battles. "St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May GOD rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of GOD, cast into Hell, Satan, and all evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."  

Comment by AmericanWarrior U.S.M.C. (Ret) on May 10, 2013 at 12:10am
Maybe Mikey Weinstein should be sent to Afganistan and see what the little woosie thinks when his life begins to flash before his eyes. Is little Mikey a f** or just a mommy's boy? Can Mikey come out a play with the Christians?

Semper Fidelis
Comment by Eileen Barayasarra on May 9, 2013 at 2:00pm

Atheists and Muslims are OFFENDED by any mention or celebration of Christianity.  NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT SAY THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO NOT BE OFFENDED!  GET A LIFE!!

Comment by Harry Hansen on May 9, 2013 at 12:59pm

What happened to free speech and freedom of choice of Religion?

Comment by Don Langlois on May 9, 2013 at 12:52pm

Those who believe in the Gospel of Christ will not be removed from the face of the earth. Many may parish, bot light shall not be extinguished either in heaven or upon the earth.

Does the absence of a body remove them from life whom believe. Consider the vision of Jacob. Jacob was given a vision of angels ascending and descending on a ladder from heaven to earth and earth to heaven. Those descending were given to take up the body that salvation of God be given. When in death that which descended then ascends again. Should one who comes to the knowledge and wisdom of God, given by God remain fear of the ungodly. 

In the beginning all were made as the angels. That which was made perfect became imperfect through a falling away. God is not flesh and blood, but became flesh and blood that the salvation of God be fulfilled. In the beginning we were not flesh and blood, but became flesh and blood that one might receive that salvation, who should believe. 

Should any who believe be taken by stealth in the silence of night that such a thing come. Were there no one who was given a warning of things to come. Should not the one who became rebellious and who through belief of God's promise cringe in fear that the shadow of death may fall against the one who believes.

The world has not had either a day nor a moment of time when God did not have one upon this world that belonged to him. Should them who were sons of God and made reconciled to the bosom of God be without the ability of receiving God's words. Let them who trust continue to trust. Let them who believe continue to believe. And let them that reject and ridicule continue to reject and ridicule. Let them who believe return to the right hand of Christ. Let them who will not believe return to the left hand of Christ. For the right hand is given life. But the left hand is given judgment and death.

Comment by Joe S Hill on May 9, 2013 at 12:31pm

While we are seeing the obvious Fallout against Christians,and their spiritual belifes,we must also try to remember that these areas of oppression are also the total result of serious spiritual warfare,because as

we see the changes that our country has unwisely made,we as Christians,must do our very best to maintain

that Faith in Christ,because our secular society has foolishly given into groups,which include Liberal Politicians,

Athiestic people who support seperation of church and state,the Gay community,which has also gotten lots of

political support from President Obama,,and the many people in our Nation,who no longer belive the word of God,or its Christian roots,,likely because of religious groups,such as the Westboro Baptist Church,who,by their

foolish behavior,has become a negetive rolemodel of Reproach,that fuel great contempt of God's laws,by the

many people in our society-and our own country,that just do not see or agree,with the word of God. as beliving

Christians,it is also our duty to pray for these people,despite our anger at their ungodliness,because this kind of

spiritual warfare is a fight to the death-and while we are a divided Nation because of these things,there are still

Americans out there,that know and understand the word of God,as exampled by this brave Military man,who has both the courage and faith to boldly defend his right to belive in Christianity,while serving his country-and it

personally repulses me,that the political PCs have made such a thing,almost impossible to do,since many people who are in office,either dislikes,or have placed such Godly values in serious reproach,,and that is not

acceptable! while the other half of our country has chosen its own course,it is still within our power to always

maintain our Christian values,despite the political and social annimosity that many today have shown and chosen

to do-and Admiral Lee is a great example to all our Armed Forces,to show his faith,without shame or fear of

being repremanded by his superiors,or the PC minded foolishness,that has been shown in Politics today.

Comment by Daryl Miles on May 9, 2013 at 12:22pm

All it is, is a way to abolish Christianity and our heavenly Father we all know as our God. This will be pushed in many ways as was done with prayer in schools and having a Bible study in our homes. These people don't like or care about our constitutional rights or the constitution. This will be the downfall of our great country we call the United States. I will die defending my Christian beliefs and defending the constitution. Wake up America and start fighting and this goes for all those that claim to be Christians. God will not defend us if we don't start fighting to keep Him. God never gave anyone a silver platter in all of history. Even salvation has the requirement to uphold Gods word and his laws. The Israelites had to fight for the promise land and when they followed Gods decrees He gave them the promise land. Nothing is without work and faith.

Comment by Robert Varner on May 9, 2013 at 11:47am

An officer, a gentleman and a Christian. God bless you for standing up for what is right.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on May 9, 2013 at 11:41am

Our Bill of Rights guarantees us freedom of religion.



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