If you saw a headline in a newspaper that read, “Military chaplain speaks about God, quotes Eisenhower,” what would your reaction be? Mine would be, so what? Of course a military chaplain is going to speak about God. And what’s so odd about a military chaplain quoting a famous general who went on to become president? But apparently those types of actions are now “intolerant” and “evil.”
With its ongoing persecution of Christians in the military, the Obama Administration is opening the door for all sorts of groups to come out of the woodwork and try to push their anti-faith agendas. When I read these types of stories about how some people are trying to turn us into a godless society, I’m torn between, “Ho hum, another travesty,” and “I can’t believe this is really happening.”
But it is. Kenneth Reyes, a chaplain in the U.S. military, wrote an article that included a famous quote from Dwight Eisenhower. The quote reads, “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”
Apparently this quote upset the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which complained to Col. Brian Duffy that Reyes was using a “bigoted, religious supremacist phrase that defiled the dignity of service members.” The organization called for Reyes to be punished for his words of “hate.”
There was a time in the America in which I grew up when a colonel would have told an organization that came up with something this ridiculous to shove it. But not anymore. Not in this new America. I’ll stay on top of this story and let you know how it turns out.
I never thought I would be asking this question, but should a military chaplain be allowed to speak about God? If not, what should he talk about with the troops? Art? Fashion? The latest Obama Administration scandal? I’d like to hear your thoughts about this.