We celebrate freedom in America, especially on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans' Day. Each of these days is historically a celebration of freedom, family, and God's goodness to America.
Now God-honoring men and women in our military are under attack by the U.S. Government. We must respond decisively and boldly.
Our forefathers came to America because of religious oppression in Europe. They wanted to worship freely and raise their children to love God and their country. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution guarantee your right to worship God without fear. But that sacred trust is being compromised today.
Let me remind you of some of the attacks on military men and women in 2013:
- President Obama announced his opposition to a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act protecting the rights of conscience for military chaplains.
- Officials briefing U.S. Army soldiers included "Evangelical Christianity" and "Catholicism" along with the terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas as examples of "religious extremism."
- Servicemen expressing their religious position on homosexuality are receiving severe and possibly career-ending reprimands.
- A senior military official at Fort Campbell sends out a lengthy e-mail instructing officers to recognize "the religious right in America" as a "domestic hate group," (akin to the KKK and Neo-Nazis) because of its opposition to homosexual behavior.
- An Air Force officer is told to remove a Bible from his desk because "it might offend someone."
"We must do all we can to ensure that our service members have the right to practice the very freedoms that they risk their lives to defend."
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Jerry Boykin
In a Pentagon where evangelical Christians are the "extremists," the pressure to impose a secular culture on our nation's military has intensified tremendously during the Obama years. His administration, whose primary goal seems to be opposing Americans' conscience rights, is continuing that attack on a military culture defined by a long tradition of faith.
If these policies continue -- and you can be sure that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) and Eric Holder's Justice Department are emboldened by the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex issues in June -- Christians within the military will face increasing persecution.
This has the potential to destroy recruiting across the services as Americans realize that their faith will be suppressed by joining the military. And America's military will quickly lose its high moral ground if people of faith are marginalized or eliminated.
We need to raise $3.2 million by our accounting year end on September 30 to fund our advocacy and defense of the American family.
If we don't reach the goal, we will have to pick and choose what issues we can afford to address. We are much more effective when we are proactive advocates for your faith and family.
A few committed friends of FRC are making a $300,000 challenge grant to encourage you to give generously. Every dollar you give to help FRC advance faith, family, and freedom will be DOUBLED -- matched dollar for dollar up to $300,000.
With your help, FRC will help challenge and counter these attacks on the military men and women, the first line of defense for the American family.
Thank you for standing up for America's military, families, and faith!