From the book, “A Clear and Present Danger”, we present in behalf of Moral Action and the Family Research Council a list of events against religious liberty. We must pray for our military and leaders.
2011 – Walter Reed Medical Center bans Bibles and religious material –
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the leading medical
institution for the U.S. armed forces, issued an official patient and visitor policy banning Bibles. It stated, “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” In December 2011, the policy was rescinded after a political firestorm erupted in the House of Representatives.
Feb. 7, 2012 – Air Force removes “God” from unit’s logo-
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers complained to the Air Force about a logo from the Rapid Capabilities Office. It read in Latin “Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money” and was changed to “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money.” Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) and 35 other lawmakers sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz demanding an explanation for the removal of a non-religious reference to God. The Air Force said they would investigate.
June 15, 2013 – A soldier is punished for serving Chick-fil-A –
Army Master Sergeant, Nathan Sommers, was punished for serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his own promotion party in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Sommers was investigated, reprimanded, threatened with judicial action, and given a bad efficiency report. The invitation said, “In honor of my promotion and in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act, I’m serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at my promotion party.” Sommers was told that “he was no longer a team player and was not performing up to standards.” Chick-fil-A and DOMA were frowned upon.
June 19, 2014 – Navy decides to remove Gideon Bibles from hotel rooms on its bases –
Prompted by a March 2014 letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) issued an order to remove Gideon Bibles from Navy Lodge rooms and take them to donation centers. After public backlash, the Navy announced on August 14, 2014 that the Bibles in the rooms would remain while the policy was reviewed.
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland never guessed he’d lose his job for defending a young boy who was sexually abused. And yet, the heroic Green Beret was discharged from the Army for confronting an Afghan policeman who tied the boy to a post and raped him repeatedly. The nauseating story raised all kinds of questions about President Obama’s military.
1,000’s of petitions called for Sgt. Martland’s record to be cleared and an investigation into U.S. military policy in cases of child abuse and exploitation. In April 2016, Army officials decided to reinstate the decorated Green Beret.
As B.M.A. Baptist, we are one of many influential groups that can contact our new President, his staff, our congressmen and senators with a voice for Godly, biblical decisions to be made. We must hold our leaders in Washington and in the military accountable to God.