Pentagon: Proselytizing Punishable by Court-Martial
Friday, May 03, 2013
The Pentagon says soldiers can be prosecuted for sharing their faith.
The Defense Department released the statement to Fox news, which reads, “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense” and punishments can include court-martial.
This comes after Pentagon officials met with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, who said even the presence of a Bible on a desk can amount to proselytizing.
He added that even a Christian bumper sticker on an officer’s car or a Bible on a desk can amount to “pushing this fundamentalist version of Christianity on helpless subordinates.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin told CBN News he believes there’s an agenda to get christians out of the military.
“It’s not just about officers or commanders sharing their faith, it’s about every individual soldiers, sailor, airmen or marine being able to exercise their faith,” Boykin said.
“The First Amendment talks about the ‘free exercise, thereof,’ speaking of our faith. This will destroy our military because mom and dad in the central part of the U.S. are not going to want Johnny and Janie to join the military knowing that they would not be able to exercise their faith at the same time that they are protecting those constitutional rights to do so,” he warned.
See the full interview with Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin below: