The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
As I noted last year in my piece Go Where the Future Is:
That last point brings me to focus on a subset of you: Christians. You should face the facts: your country doesn’t want you any more. They don’t want your values, they don’t want your lifestyle, and most of all they don’t want anyone who believes that there’s anything or anyone beyond them. Your country? That probably betrays a very Palm Beachy view that a country is defined by its people at the top. Sad to say I’ve lived long enough to see that reality cross Lake Worth and become the driving force in society, a by-product (or the intention?) of a society where the money and the power is increasingly centralised. You can dredge up anything you want from our history, but it doesn’t change the simple fact that the reality on the ground (or in the air between New York and Los Angeles) is not the same.
What is going on here in the military is twofold. The first is that the conservative nature of the military has always bothered the left from a power challenger standpoint, i.e., the possibility of the military participating in a coup to end a left-wing regime (and we certainly have that now). This may seem like Latin American or French (as in post-Dreyfus or the Algerian war) thinking, but liberals do think this way. The second is that, until now, the formula has always been “God and country”. Given the left’s stratospheric view of the state, for them it is “God or country” and they want to make sure everyone worships at the latter’s altar rather than the former. (Ironic for people who, in years past, trashed the military in the wake of Vietnam…)
Given this, the time has come for Christians in this country to eschew the military, at least until the attitude of the state changes. In the short run, that’s probably the best, given the human toll of PTSD and other blowbacks from combat and our decidedly slummy foreign policy these days (do you really want to go to Syria?) Who knows, perhaps we can lose all the military-style stuff at men’s ministry meetings…
In the long run liberals will find out what Joseph Stalin did: that propagating same-sex civil marriage and the myriads of other causes they dream up won’t motivate people to fight and die for the country. Stalin was forced to bring back the church (which he had nearly exterminated in the 1930’s) to help him win the “Great Patriotic War”, which was the beginning of Christianity’s resurrection in Russia. Hopefully we won’t get to the same dire straits he did (for him the Germans were besieging Moscow and Leningrad/St. Petersburg) before they wake up to the folly of their policies.