Over the last few days you received a very important email message from FRC's president Tony Perkins.
What you may not know is that Tony is a former U.S. Marine, policeman, and trainer for the U.S. State Department's anti-terrorism program. So what Tony has warned you about in explaining the need for the American Hero Defense Fund is very real. He is no desk-bound theorist. He understands our military, the world situation, and the Christian faith.
Tony has asked me, as a 36-year veteran of military service, to add my perspective to the shocking anti-Christian movement that is threatening the future of America.
Here is the situation: The very troops who defend our religious freedom are at risk of having their own taken away. Less than a month ago, anti-Christian and left-wing activists met at the Pentagon with military leaders. What issues would be of such importance to gain such a high-level hearing?
According to these far-left activists, religion is one of the chief problems plaguing our troops. As the Washington Post reported, some are saying that "religious proselytizing" is at the top of the list of problems in the armed forces--even on par with sexual assault.
As a result of such complaints from the Left, the Air Force has--according to the Post--published, but not yet distributed, a new document with the directive that leaders of all levels (including chaplains) may not "promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion."
The penalty these secularists are seeking for those who don't comply with their view of religious speech is court-martial.
If this policy goes forward, Christians within the military who speak of their faith could be prosecuted as enemies of the state. This has the potential to destroy military recruiting across the services as Americans realize that their faith will be suppressed by joining the military.
Our brave troops deserve better. If chaplains and other personnel are censored from offering the full solace of the Gospel, there is no religious freedom in the military.
Every dollar you give to the American Hero Defense Fund will be doubled--matched dollar for dollar--by a $70,000 challenge grant. But we must raise the full $70,000 to receive the grant.
With your help, FRC will vigorously challenge and counter these attacks on the First Amendment rights of our military men and women.
Thank you for standing with America's heroic men and women!