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The Leading Edge: Religious Liberty in the Military, a New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

October 2, 2013


The Story:
“Airmen Say Air Force is Punishing Evangelical Christians,” by Todd Starnes at

The Lead:“’There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.’

Branson tells me at least 80 airmen attended a private meeting at the church where he heard them voice their concerns about religious hostilities at the Air Force base. It was a standing-room only crowd.

‘The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.’”

Why it Matters: “There is a level of fear in the military.” When I read of members of the military fearing something, my mind does goes to images of soldiers being shelled or enduring harsh interrogations by the enemy. My mind does not suggest that bold warriors who volunteer for our military would fear the basic exercise of their faith. Still further, I cannot comprehend a military that would be afraid based solely on what they believe independent of how that belief is exercised.

At a minimum, let this article redouble your efforts to pray for our military members. Learn more about the growing suppression of religious liberty in the military by reading more about Sr. Master Sgt. Monk.

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