Rep. John Fleming, R-La. offered an Amendment to the latest defense bill that would require “the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.” Sounds innocuous, after all freedom of religion is one of the principals this country was founded on—right?
Not according to President Obama. The Administration announced that it “strongly objects” to the proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
The Obama Administration said the amendment would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
“With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who keep a Bible on their desk or express a religious belief,” Fleming told Fox News. “This administration is aggressively hostile towards religious beliefs that it deems to be politically incorrect.”
Muslims wouldn’t like it.
But I’m not sure why Christians should be surprised. Obama opposes civil liberties for all Americans, not just those in the military. That said, the following is wrong:
The first amendment to the constitution was designed to protect freedom of religion, it was never designed to offer freedom FROM religion.
It is designed to protect citizens from religions hijacking the power of the state to enforce religious beliefs on those who don’t hold them. But that doesn’t seem to be what is happening here.