Sorry, Master Sergeant, that’s not on our approved reading list.

It used to be that when I would hear a news story about Christians being persecuted, my first question was, which country is doing it this time? Not anymore. Now, my first question is, which branch of the U.S military is doing it this time?

An increasing number of alarming stories are coming out of our military these days about Christians being persecuted for their faith. While our military leaders repeatedly bend over backwards to demonstrate politically correct behavior to soldiers with alternative lifestyles and other religions, Christians are being told to keep their faith to themselves.

The latest in a string of news stories about Christians being persecuted in the U.S. military – and believe me, we’re just getting started here; there will be plenty more of these types of reports – is Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran based in Fort Myer near Washington, D.C. He’s a recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and was a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford.

Sommers, a conservative Christian who has been criticized for expressing his support for traditional marriage, says he is facing retribution and punishment for, among other things, reading books written by conservative authors including Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and David Limbaugh.

“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.”

Sommers said he was reprimanded by a superior officer for silently reading books by conservative authors backstage during a U.S. Army band concert. He was told that the literature was “offensive” and that it was causing “unit disruption.”

Isn’t it ironic that the same people who preach about tolerance are the ones who are the least tolerant of people who disagree with them? 

Are you concerned that Christians are facing more and more persecution in the U.S. military? Who do you think is instructing our military officials to crack down on people who publically express their Christian faith?

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