Last week, Fox News reported that an Army training instructor told a Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania that Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism were examples of religious extremism. The Army categorized that episode as an isolated incident.
A U.S. Army officer sent an email to three dozen subordinates at Fort Campbell in Kentucky listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups” and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups.
These are just the latest.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, who served more than 36 years in the military before retiring in 2007, says that since Obama took office, the attacks on religious liberty have escalated alarmingly. Among the incidents:
- 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 Graham was 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- Bibles were banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;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 forbidden to read an archbishop’s letter to parishioners about Obamacare mandates.