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Purging God from the Military

06/23/2005

"There are no atheists in a foxhole," the old saying goes. But if certain liberal activist groups and their cohorts in the media had their way, Christians wouldn't be in there either.

The American media's all-out assault on Christianity continues to escalate. The latest attack comes in this week's TIME Magazine in the article "Whose GOD Is Their Co-Pilot?" The writer documents "rampant evangelization" on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy. 

Writers value the individual word. Print journalists often refer to themselves as "wordsmiths," carefully crafting phrases to convey specific ideas. The right word can express more than a thought. It often carries implied meaning. Analysis of the TIME article reveals a ratcheting-up in the offensive against the freedom of faith.

In the subhead of the article, the term "rampant" appears -- a term denoting violent, unbridled rage. It is often associated with the spread of a deadly disease or the destructive force of a mob. "Rampant evangelization" frightens me, and I'm a lifelong evangelist!

The article opens with an account of a "happy" father and son whose pre-enrollment visit to the Academy crushes their pride because, to the "perplexity" of the father, they unearth a hideous monster in the historic chapel on campus: a chaplain who proclaims his faith! Imagine the horror of finding a Christian in a chapel!

"My jaw just dropped," the article quotes the father as saying. It goes on to explain that the alum expected the chaplains to behave as he remembered them: a "low-key group." The message here is clear: You can believe in your God, but just shut up about it.

The reporter hints that Christianity on the Air Force campus is "rife" with offensive evangelization that violates the Constitution. He cites the so-called Establishment Clause, an ever-increasing weapon in the purging of religious expression, without actually quoting it. To quote it would reveal too much truth to the average reader, so the PC Stormtroopers only allude to it. Here's what it really says:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Exercising religion in a peaceful assembly has been an integral part of American campuses and government since the Puritans (a religious group) stepped off the Mayflower. But today's media gasps with shock that some gatherings at the Academy "opened with prayers." Never mind that General Washington frequently offered prayers and blatant religious exhortations to his troops. As did President Lincoln and virtually every other occupant of the Oval Office. Forget the fact that Congress always has, and still does, open its sessions with prayer.

Far too many members of the national press do not appreciate or even understand the Christian and Biblical principles that shaped the foundation of the United States. That is why they view any shred of religious expression as a threat to be exposed and expelled.

Tom Minnery of James Dobson's openly evangelical Focus on the Family told the TIME reporter that "cadets are trained to give the ultimate sacrifice. They ought to be encouraged to grapple with the ultimate meaning in life, and they ought to be encouraged to make a decision about God, one way or another."

That sentiment doesn't sound like the crazy rant of a right-wing zealot. It sounds like freedom of religion. But the reporter debunks that notion as "a long way from current constitutional jurisprudence." In other words, some judges (no doubt the left-leaning activists) disagree.

The underlying concern, the magazine would have readers to believe, is that such "evangelical saturation" may "impact actual warriors." Warriors? There's a noble word! I thought our soldiers were, according to a few Democrat senators, akin to Nazis, and our treatment of the enemy worse than the gulags of the former Soviet Union!

I do not believe that Christianity in the Air Force is a threat to our national security. If anything, it inspires our fighting men and women to be honorable, courageous and upright.

I also find it hard to believe that TIME Magazine genuinely seeks to protect our troops from anything that might weaken them on the battlefield. If they were so concerned about the effectiveness of our military goals, they may not be so quick to run unverified reports that only serve to inflame the Muslim world and encourage the enemy.

The way I read it, this article, given the culture of the elite media, is a blatant attempt to kill two birds with one stone. It aims to smear our military as a bunch of out-of-control pawns of a President enslaved to the extreme religious right, while furthering the judicial juggernaut to purge religious expression from public life. And that, in a word, is a disgrace.


Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, randy.robison at loi.org

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