The Military Religious Freedom Foundation accused Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes of going on an “anti-secular diatribe” and publicly denigrating “those without religion.”
After reading the essay the Air Force censored, I found nothing written to arise to this kind of outcry. But, I did find it interesting that 42 “anonymous” airmen allegedly complained. It takes no courage to hide behind “anonymous”. And only 42? That is enough to basically ruin a person’s career? My goodness – where is the discrimination now? Do our military leaders no longer have the “brass” it takes to lead and stand up for their troops?
I had never heard of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation before I read this article. The founder, Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, founded this organization because he and his sons, while attending the United States Air Force Academy, experienced discrimination as a result of their Jewish faith. So, because his family was discriminated against, he now wants to do the same to Col Reyes who is currently serving as a Christian Chaplain in the United States Air Force? I respect Mr. Weinstein’s service to our country; however, I’m reserving my respect for his current endeavor. I need to learn more about him and his organization.
http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130503/NEWS/305030015/DoD-clarifies-faith-sharing-policy. After reading this article, I still have no idea what the DoD’s policy is regarding the Christian faith.
I just finished reading “No Atheists In Foxholes, Prayers and Reflections from the Front” by Chaplain Patrick McLaughlin, CDR, USN. In his book, he reflects on scenarios he faced while deployed in Iraq, and prayers. It’s a shame we citizens do not share the camaraderie our troops do.
One of the prayers he offered, Prayer for Healing Divisions, is as follows:
“Mighty Creator, We call you by many different names… We have divided your kingdom into many factions… Worst of all, we have done so in your holy Name. However, we all turn to you in times of trouble and danger. We thank you for your mercy and kindness… Hear our prayers… Heal our divisions… Bring us peace. Amen, amen, and amen.” (Pg189)
I believe we are fighting a spiritual war. I know we are living in a time when our churches will not openly pray for our country; our military men and women or their families; or, for peace in the world. How do I know? I attend one. Separation of church and state. Our Constitution protects the citizenry, not the state.
Faith: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord….Psalm 33:12. “The Soul of America. Charles Malik (1906-1967), the ambassador to the United Nations from Lebanon and president of the 13th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1959, stated: The good [in the United States] would never have come into being without the blessing and power of Jesus Christ….Whoever tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the suffering and love and salvation of Christ is only dreaming. I know how embarrassing this matter is to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, and cynics; but, whatever these honored men think, the irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is, at its best and highest, Christian.” The American Patriot’s Bible, pg. 621
I have not served in the military. I do, however, have loved ones who have served and are continuing to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Prayers for our military and their families; our allies and their families; and, for our enemies and their families, are requested. Our enemies may be closer than we think! Always we must pray for peace.