Family Research Council

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Sign the petition urging the media to fairly & accurately report on the threats to religious freedom in our military and our nation
August 14, 2013 - Wednesday

Your help is needed in correcting the liberal bias in the mainstream media. We have seen a number of media outlets including the Baton Rouge Advocate and the Tampa Bay Times spread misinformation regarding the free exercise of religion in the military.

Here are some steps you can take to stop this media bias:

  1. Read the information below.
  2. Sign our petition asking the media to fairly and accurately report on the threats to religious freedom in our military and our nation.
  3. Please speak to your family and friends about the threat to religious freedom in our military and our nation as a whole.

A recent example is a Baton Rouge Advocate article entitled "Fleming and Perkins claim religious threats in military." Baton Rouge Advocate reporter Jordan Blum covered a press conference in which Congressman John Fleming (R-La.) and FRC President Tony Perkins participated. At this news conference we released a report (which can be found at www.militaryfreedom.org) detailing the growing number of incidents of hostility toward the free exercise of religion in the U.S. military. Blum chose to allow another liberal paper, the Tampa Bay Times, to do his research for him. The Times attempts to be both player and referee with their PolitiFact, which almost always calls statements of conservatives into question.

On the issue of religious freedom in the military both PolitiFact and Blum got it wrong. PolitiFact had deemed "mostly false" the concern that "the federal government has taken the separation of church and state too far and is now keeping military members from promoting their Christian beliefs."

Because nothing is more important than our First Freedom, the freedom of religion, Tony Perkins responded to Blum's article with a letter to the editor explaining how PolitiFact makes the mistake of concluding that there is nothing problematic with the Pentagon's recent confusing statements that service members are permitted to "evangelize" but not "proselytize." On May 2, the Air Force added to the confusion when it stated, "Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable."

Some in the media may not be concerned with these statements, but those directly impacted by these policies have a different view. And they are the nation's soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Here are just a few of the troubling incidents that have recently occurred:

  • Air Force personnel had been told that they might express their beliefs as long as they do not "make others uncomfortable." This rule led to an officer being asked to remove a copy of the Bible from his desk. According to the Fox News report the "officer was told he could no longer keep a Bible on his desk because it '[might]' appear that he was condoning a particular religion."
  • The U.S. military ordered soldiers to take down a steeple and board-up the cross-shaped windows of a chapel at remote Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Afghanistan. The soldiers were required to keep the chapel religiously neutral. In 2011, a similar situation occurred where soldiers were forced to remove a cross at a chapel at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.
  • Army Master Sergeant, Nathan Sommers, was punished for serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his own promotion party in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Sommers was investigated, reprimanded, threatened with judicial action, and given a bad efficiency report.

I stand with the many service members who have been threatened or punished simply for sharing their religious beliefs. I hope you will take a stand as well. Please sign the petition calling on the media to fairly and accurately report on the threats to religious freedom in our military and our nation.