Back in 2010, when then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen outlined to Congress his unsolicited personal beliefs to be the moral guidepost for military service, a number of people believed such unprecedented personal commentary from a senior officer to be embarking on a very dangerous and slippery slope toward the crafting of a military in which an increasingly leftist ideology would be the only acceptable belief system those serving in uniform. I was among those who saw such perils in Mullen’s self-indulgent and unprofessional edict.
It was no coincidence, of course. The Armed Forces is the one major societal institution in America that is not in fall-behind, genuflecting obedience to the Secular-Progressive Far Left. Our education system, secondary and higher, is overwhelmingly liberal. The news media, too. Hollywood, ditto. The Federal Government outside the military is a land of political, social, sexual, and racial favoritism for the constituents of Obama’s electoral base.
Which brings us to the absolute inevitability of the case of Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, United States Army.
“It seems like with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – that the Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet – for fear of retaliation and reprisals,” Sommers told Fox News. “Christians feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide.”
Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.
“There’s no question about it,“ Wells told Fox News. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”
What books he reads, non-obscene bumper stickers on privately-owned vehicles, these have been issues in which guidance is clear, but the Army seems determined to highly discourage his freedom to believe and legally express those beliefs.
The types of stickers on your car were creating an atmosphere detrimental to morale and were creating unnecessary workplace tension,” the officer wrote in an Army document obtained by Fox News.
“He’s allowed to have those bumper stickers on his car,” he said. “The DoD regulation allows it. There was nothing obscene about it.”
I am betting that Said Named Officer will not be counseled for his poor judgment and lack of professional knowledge regarding the issue surrounding his counseling of a senior SNCO. Doubtless because that Officer was following his instructions to pressure Master Sergeant Sommers, despite the fact that what Sommers was doing was perfectly legal. Here, in a nutshell, is the first milepost from Mullen’s unprofessional and unconscionable actions, and his “vote with your feet” line:
“Ironically, the liberals are preaching tolerance,” he said. “They are saying, ‘We can tolerate you.’ But if you have a certain belief that doesn’t align with what the military wants you to believe – particularly religious beliefs – you’re no longer welcome in the U.S. military.”
When we are told that repeal of DADT has gone “smoothly” and without issue, we don’t hear about people like Master Sergeant Sommers, or the other incidents that are the fallout from the religious intolerance that has festered in the US Military.
Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said stories like this are becoming commonplace in the military post-repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
“These stories are the ones that have not been told – about some of the more subtle ramifications of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy,” he said.
One service member received a severe reprimand for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.
A chaplain was relieved of his command over a military chapel because he could not allow same-sex weddings to take place in the chapel.
And a chaplain who asked senior military officers whether religious liberty would be protected in the wake of the repeal of the law against open homosexual behavior in the military was told to “get in line” or resign.
Crews said they are sharing these stories to let other service members know there is a place to get help. He said Chaplain Alliance publishes a religious liberty palm card – explaining constitutionally protected liberties to service members.
“If you believe your religious liberties have been violated, here’s what you can do,” he said. “We will see that you get the help that you need.”
For its part, the Army issued a statement of its own:
“The Soldier is not, and never has been, “facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh, and serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his promotion party,” the spokesperson added.
Gotcha. And Benghazi was the result of riots over a video, the IRS didn’t target political opponents, Barack Obama believes in the Second Amendment, Holder knew nothing of Fast and Furious, NSA is not listening to our phone calls, the EPA isn’t squeezing conservative businesses, male-on-male sexual assault reporting hasn’t risen 300% since 2007, Obamacare will reduce premiums, and the Stimulus created 2 million jobs.
Wondering who’s religious liberties have been assiduously observed and protected by the US Military? Nidal Hassan’s.