In a stunning attack on the speech rights and free religious exercise of U.S. soldiers, Democrats have released a statement confirming the unthinkable: Any soldier who professes Christianity can now be court-martialed and may face imprisonment and a dishonorable discharge from the military...even if they are a military chaplain.
The statement released to Fox News earlier today:
Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...
This statement follows a recent meeting between Pentagon officials and fanatical anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein, who helped design the new punishments for Christians who commit the now-criminal offense of sharing their faith with others.
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.'
Never mind the fact that the separation of church and state is a myth that cannot be found anywhere in the Constitution (as I have explained before), or that it in no way violates anyone's rights to have to witness or tolerate someone else exercising their faith...or that the only actual violation of the Constitution here is this tyrannical Atheist attack on the 1st Amendment.
**Update** Facing public outrage and the first open act of defiance by a high-ranking military leader over this, Democrats have done a complete 180 and now deny that any of it ever happened, despite multiple, separate confirmations from the Department of Defense that it did.
Suddenly, they are insisting that, contrary to all known definitions of the word, "proselytize," all they had ever actually attempted to criminalize by making proselytizing a court-martial offense was coercion and abuses of power to force religion on others.
This is an interesting twist, especially considering that military chaplains operate outside the chain-of-command and have zero authority over soldiers..and that it is already illegal for those within the chain-of-command to discriminate or to force religion on anyone.
And for the record, there is no known reference material anywhere that defines proselytizing as anything more than to convert or attempt to convert. Coercive force has never been mentioned or even implied in any dictionary or by anyone in office until just now.
The bottom line: Democrats were caught trying to illegally shove a radical Atheist agenda down the throats of Christian soldiers, and the public backlash too politically costly for them to continue pursuing it. So now, it never happened.