SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
Isaiah 61
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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...”.

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on
Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian
extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish
Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious
Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the
gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing
an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also
asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the
Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime
under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include
imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious
Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the
gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing
an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also
asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the
Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime
under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include
imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.

So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are
confirming that the military will make it a crime--possibly resulting in
imprisonment--for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include
chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly
Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)--whose duty since the founding
of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and
minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel,
instruction, or comfort.

This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on
a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the
position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any
service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others
say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their
life. It’s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual
counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.

In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now
executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox &
Friends Wednesday morning:

It’s a matter of what do they mean by "proselytizing." ...I think they’ve got their
defintions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing,
but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers,
sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst
thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”

FRC has launched a petition here which has already collected over
60,000 signatures, calling on Secretary Hagel is stop working with
Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization to develop military
policy regarding religious faith.
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Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers
Who Share Christian Faith
Is President Barack Obama America’s most “Biblically-hostile U.S.
president?”
This is the label that conservative historian David
Barton has given Obama,
as the nation continues its debate over
the president’s controversial contraceptive mandate.

When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to
accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience
protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against
their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-
Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he
has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional
Protestant beliefs over the past four years.

So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to
say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has
been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews
in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate
description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious
Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-
Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is
contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim
nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical
descriptor.  In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented
times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-
Biblical actions.

Barton then goes on to list, in chronological order, the president’s
purported attacks in the following sections:

(1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or
organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that
have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led
military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally
(4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for
Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors
guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.
‘America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President’