A Religious Matter – Lewiston Sun Journal

For the editor:

From the time the “Founding Fathers” of this country drafted the “Declaration of Independence” and the Constitution of the United States of America, belief in God and Christian principles have been the foundation of our national laws and our principles of just government of the people. , by the people and for the people of this wonderful nation.

General George Washington followed these principles in building America’s first army. At the same time, he installed chaplains in the army to provide religious advice and moral support to the troops. These practices have continued in the US military since then.

That is, until Barack Obama becomes president. At that time, President Obama repeatedly stated that “America is not a Christian nation”. The Obama/Biden administration then initiated a policy of prohibiting “religious proselytism” and/or “religious coercion” in the American military services.

This practice is being reinstated by Obama bureaucrats who are trying to make sharing “faith” in the military a criminal act.

A few examples: (1) The Air Force Academy, under pressure, removed the words “so help me God” from the sacred oath taken by Academy recruits.

(2) A DoD training directive places Christians in the same category as the Islamist terrorist group that attacked the United States on “9/11” (September 11, 2001).*

(3) military commanders were prohibited from informing their units of the programs and services offered by chaplains.

In my 22 years of experience in the USAF, including 100 combat missions, I have met many veterans from all of our military services; many of them, including my F-105 fighter pilot, expressed a number of religious beliefs.

My opinion is that a belief in a religion, especially Christianity, can have a very beneficial and calming effect on someone who is in a stressful state, such as being in combat.

Richard Grover

Township of Mason

EDITOR’S NOTE: *DoD Directive 1300.17, dated 09/01/20, states: Establishes DoD policy under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, recognizing that members of the Service have the right to observe the principles of their religion or to observe no religion at all. This allows all religions and beliefs and Implements the requirements of Section 2000bb-1 of Title 42, United States Code (USC), also known as “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), and other applicable lodging laws Religious Practices for the DoD to provide, consistent with RFRA, that DoD components will normally accommodate a Service member’s practices based on honest religious belief.

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