The U.S. Army just launched a strike against Christians and the First Amendment for this strange reason

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Members of the U.S. Army, like all of the branches of the military, take an oath to protect and defend the constitution.

But now it seems that oath may not apply to the armed services themselves, or at least one branch in particular.

Because the U.S. Army just launched a strike against Christians and the First Amendment for this strange reason.

The last verse of the U.S. Army’s song is:

Men in rags, men who froze,
Still that Army met its foes,
And the Army went rolling along.
Faith in God, then we’re right,
And we’ll fight with all our might,
As the Army keeps rolling along.

Based on the Army’s recent actions against two of their Chaplains, it’s no wonder they cut the song short and no longer sing this verse.

After all we wouldn’t want the Army mentioning God or stating they will “fight with all their might.”

Because in this case, neither apply.

Recently, four videos that included Army chaplains Captain Amy Smith and Major Scott Ingram posted on the Facebook page of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, New York were taken down.

The reason they were removed was in response to a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation after its founder and president Mikey Weinstein sent a “demand letter” claiming the Army was violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The MRFF called the videos “illicit proselytizing.”

One of the so-called “violations” consisted of Smith talking about the Fort Drum Spiritual Fitness Trail in one of the videos.

“This trail is designed to be used as a prayer walk, to walk around to all the different stations,” she said.

“There are approximately nine different stations where you are invited to pray, to pray for the family, to pray for the sick, and to pray for our leaders.”

In another video, Captain Smith encouraged people to visit the Fort Drum Labyrinth as a great place to hear God’s voice.

“It’s going to feel like you are walking in circles. But sometimes in life, that’s what it can feel like,” she said.

As for Major Ingram, MRFF complained his videos “are nothing short of Christian sermons.”

In the videos, Major Ingram cited 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter written by the Apostle Paul about love.

“When we think of biblical faith, many think it is some kind of magical thinking or not rooted in reality, but I assure you it is not,” he said.

“God encourages us not to be dismayed by what we see around us, things we cannot control. We can, however, with the best intel in this moment, place our trust in him, walk forward in his strength and treat others with kindness.”

According to MRFF, these two chaplains were “trying to capitalize on fears and anxieties, and the large audience of their units’ Facebook pages, to push their religion.”

And, because of the complaint by a small, well known troll organization, the U.S. Army backed down faster than the Union Army’s retreat from the First Battle of Manassas.

Then again, are we supposed to be shocked by this?

In recent years the U.S. Military has been turned in to a large test subject for liberal psychologists, rather than the proud fighting force it once was.

Mike Berry, a lawyer at the First Liberty Institute told Fox News, “At a time when our nation is hurting and many feel hopeless, why on earth would Mikey Weinstein attack prayer?”

“I cannot believe the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division raised the white flag of surrender to an anti-religious freedom zealot. Every president, from Washington to Trump, has publicly prayed for our military. If the commander in chief can pray, then our soldiers can, too.”

If it were up to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Christian American service men and women would never be allowed to openly worship God or pray.

And the U.S. Army caving to their demands will only bolster their demands.

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  2. There will always be people that are offended by Christianity for their own person reasons. Particularly with atheists. You would think that someone who claims there is no God would not be offended by people who know there is a God but yet somehow it gets under their skin and they can’t tolerate it. I’ve noticed the least tolerant people in this country tend to be on the political left.

  3. What is going on here? No one is looking at the fact that these anti christian groups are violating the christian’s right to believe in god. When the military refused to remove the crosses at Arlington Cemetery, this action stopped the anti religious groups in their tracks. This action should be used by the Army to again stop them in their tracks.

  4. We should take this as just another sign of what “Social Engineering” à la Barack Obama and LGBT means:
    A “Brave New World” of NO FAMILIES, NO NATURAL PARENTS, NO RELIGION (except LGBT and “political correctness), INTOLERANCE, ABORTION and EUTHANASIA (any age), “HAPPINESS” THROUGH DRUGS.

  5. We used to publicly hang people for treason. We need to bring back the gallows for all Marxists in our local, county, state and national positions. Put out a notice in every media possible that those who don’t like our Constitution and Bill of Rights have 30 days to leave alive or be buried.

    As for the media, they can tell the truth or have they can also leave. Those who sponsor the lying media should either quit doing so or also be thrown out.

  6. God wins, all who deny Him lose. No one can deny us prayer. We have the right to pray when and where we want. God said so and God is in charge

  7. Service members already have the right to pray on their own time. Theists have the right to express themselves, as do atheists, it just can’t be state-sponsored. When theistic slogans like “in God We Trust” are placed on coins and currency, then it’s state-sponsored and it violates the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    Respecting an establishment of religion in a broader sense really *does* mean not favoring one set of beliefs over another. Thomas Jefferson was laissez-faire (“hands-off”) towards all belief *and* disbelief, not caring whether his neighbor believed in twenty gods or no god. Religious leaders warned that if Jefferson were elected president, Bibles would be confiscated, churches would be closed down. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Secularists are NOT atheists!

    Do we really want the government deciding which religion is true and which is false? It’s like the government dictating that Baptists are true Christians and born agains aren’t, or the government deciding that Catholic Christianity is true Christianity and Protestant Christianity is false. Considering all the religious wars which went on in Europe, the founding fathers of the United States wisely chose to separate church and state.

    As president, James Madison also put his separationist philosophy into action. He vetoed two bills he believed would violate church-state separation. The first was an act incorporating the Episcopal Church in the District of Columbia that gave the church the authority to care for the poor. The second was a proposed land grant to a Baptist church in Mississippi.

    Had Madison, the father of the Constitution, believed that all the First Amendment was intended to do was bar setting up a state church, he would have approved these bills. Instead, he vetoed both, and in his veto messages to Congress explicitly stated that he was rejecting the bills because they violated the First Amendment.

    Later in his life, James Madison came out against state-paid chaplains, writing, “The establishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of equal rights, as well as of Constitutional principles.” He also concluded that his calling for days of prayer and fasting during his presidency had been unconstitutional.

    In an 1819 letter to Robert Walsh, Madison wrote, “the number, the industry and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state.” In an undated essay called the “Detached Memoranda,” written in the early 1800s, Madison wrote, “Strongly guarded… is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States.”

    In 1833 Madison responded to a letter sent to him by Jasper Adams. Adams had written a pamphlet titled “The Relations of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States,” which tried to prove that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. Madison wrote back: “In the papal system, government and religion are in a manner consolidated, and that is found to be the worst of government.”

  8. Nobody is sticking any one religion down anybody’s throats in America, And yes, the majority of our founders did believe in God and that is why it is noted in our laws and culture. Even those who did not agree did not create any putrid resistance to this. Fact !

  9. vasu, you have no concept of the history of this country or who our founders were. They were Christians, which you know nothing about, as you do not follow Jesus and His teachings. A Christian follows Jesus in all things ALL of the time. They do not separate church and state. God is the head of both. A nation without God cannot stand. It’s in that book He gave us that you cannot comprehend. You are a fool

  10. I do not understand this separation of Church and State! In the first three words of the Amendment it says,” Let not Congress…” As far as I know, the Army is not Congress! Nor are governors nor Judges nor mayors etc. etc. All the factions that complain are not Congress either and need to mind their own business! Can’t we get these three words straight? I would suspect that even a third grader could understand this. Are we to assume that all of the aforementioned people never even graduated from Third Grade? We generally have understood this for 244 years but now we have slipped down the scale of dunderheads to impenetrable depths where we understand nothing.
    Not to add fuel to the fire, but when are our dunderhead friends going to rename St. Louis or San Francisco or a myriad of other cities? What will Texas think when San Antonio or San Jose shall be nameless? I just don’t think Texans will buy that! They may prefer to be Lone Star Country!

  11. I would love to be there when Vasu gets called up for Jury duty. Does he swear to tell the truth, so help him ??? Does he name all 139 gods (or however many he believes in) ? Sounds like we have to redo the whole judicial system! Let me know. I would hate to commit a social FauxPas and swear indiscriminately before the Court Recorder so it gets into the official record that this is a nincanpoop.

  12. The Military should tell the idiots that are running the MRFF to butt out that they do not need them to help run the military. We always have had the freedom to worship in the military.If they want to go to court with it tell them to go ahead and fight it all the way to supreme court.

  13. MIkey Weinstein is obviously a Jew and doesn’t like to see Christian values promoted in the US Army. It’s just like the ACLU opposing public scenes of mangers during the Christmas holidays. America is basically a Christian country founded by Christians and non Christians can all go to hell.

  14. There is not a word in our constitution or its amendments that mentions ‘separation of church and state’. The prohibition in regard to religion is that the government cannot impose a religion nor prohibit the people from freely expressing their religious faith.
    Atheist’s do force their anti-religious doctrine upon others who do not share their tenets by establishing a prohibition upon them. That in itself is an imposition of an anti-religious construct directly in opposition to the constitution.

  15. America is a Judeo-Christian nation. We were founded on freedom of religion. MRFF is a gnat needing to be squashed or ignored. As a retired veteran l support the major and the captain. Unless you’ve served you have no right to complain.

  16. This idiot Mikey Weinstein has a broken glass in his BIG belly that he hasn’t been able to see out of since he fell on his but and crushed his head and his brains sipped out and soaked into the ground. But he and his group have scared so many people into closing Christion operations in so many places that we know where he is going when he kicks the bucket. Right where he should go and that is down, down, down. And then down some more.

  17. Vasu Murti I don’t care what Jefferson and Madison said or didn’t say. America was founded by Christians of all faiths, Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutherans, Baptists, Congregationalists. Methodists, Quakers, French Hugenots, etc. Even though we did not want there to be a “state sponsored religion”, which caused so much trouble in Europe, that was not to say we Christians don’t have freedom of speech, like saying “One nation under God”, and “In God we Trust” on our money. If you frigging atheists don’t like it, move to Sweden of some other Godless country! Better yet, move to an Islamic country like Iran or Iraq, where Christians are abhored and killed. Maybe move to China where they also despise religious people.

  18. jboo 7: you have got it on the stick. I applaud you for taking that stand. If we do not stand up for what is right in God’s sight then all else is gone to HELL. I for one have had it sort of hard in this beautiful world that God has let s=us use and I do not want to think I would cross his words with my actions. I am a sinner each day however I pray for forgiveness as well. Bye the way: Vasu, I’ll pray for you and your understanding of how this world came about. For starters buy a Bible (KJV) and start with Genesis
    chapter 1.

  19. Will the Army treat Muslims the same way, or is it just Christianity that is under attack?

  20. Atheists are clowns who think that the imposition of their views is paramount to the free exercise of religion. Let an Atheist tell me I can’t pray to God and I’ll give him or her a free ticket to meet him.

  21. I bet if there was a nuclear war break out on American soil these idiots would be the first to cry out to God for help. They don’t want God in their lives until they want Him; they’re going to be in for a rude awakening some day without God and have to meet Him.

  22. BJ- There IS a San Jose in California my friend, but PLEASE don’t tell any true Texan who lives in San Jose, Texas ( about 8 miles due south of San Antonio downtown.) That they have anything in common!! God Bless America!

  23. My Uncle Varney fought with the mountain division in the mountains of Italy during World War II. I am sure he would be ashamed of what the division commanders did. That is just a result of the political officers promoted during the reign of President Obama. I hope President Trump sees this and reverses the commander’s orders. Major, USAF Retired.

  24. What is amazing is how there are factions that scream out to treat the Muslims fair and bend this rule and that rule but not for Christians, Jews, and other religions. No bible in the schools but Muslims can prey or wear traditional things. Americans, true Americans, will not stand for this long before there will be a correction. And it won’t matter what Hollywood thinks or says.

  25. The military is sworn to uphold the constitution. But, that is being slowly and methodically and purposefully bled out of them through liberal brainwashing. I was convinced at one time that if it came to a civil war over the second amendment, the police and military, sworn to uphold ALL the constitution, would be on out side. Not so much anymore. We are losing that battle and our rights are on the verge of extinction.

  26. Han Solo, you would murder an atheist to prove to him your god is on your side? Is that what you’re saying?

  27. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    That’s exactly the way the First Amendment is written. Note the second phrase (or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;) The Constitution doesn’t provide for any exceptions. It doesn’t say “except if you’re in the military, except in a government school, except if you are counseling or teaching American military personnel, except if someone may be offended by what you say or do” – it doesn’t say “except” anything.
    Stick that up you Weinstein

  28. I didn’t watch the videos, I’m guessing that the dumdass doing the complaining could have done as I did and would not have been offended. I think it’s time to start revoking citizenship for people who violate the rights of others with their fake offense.

  29. The U.S. Army did nothing. Fake news. Exactly which person or persons is responsible for the action taken? And by what authority?

  30. i would love to see these lunatics facing the real chi-com enemies while the hot leads are flying at their direction. i spent 45 days nightly, staying in the bunker, under 122 mm bombardment. these diaper infants are what ruin this nation military once elite force, now a bunch of Kotex and diaper leakers

  31. Is the Army becoming as anti-religious as the Navy? I can’t see where the chaplains violated the establishment clause, unless troops were required to watch their offerings. What religion did these chaplains establish as the official religion of the Army or one of its components? They are supposed to offer religious council; it’s the role of a chaplain. It seems to me that the troops could decide to pay some attention to these offerings or not, at their discretion.

  32. If they keep taking god almighty out of everyone’s life the only thing left will be satan! I’ll keep god I’m my life

  33. The big dogs running the army need to grow a pair or resign, The army needs men not panty waist that they have now.

    I believe in GOD and I will praise him and pray to him any damn time I want to and these idiots can kiss my country ass.

  34. Atheists are trying to stop all freedom of worship and each and every one of them should be sued each and every time they trample on our constitutional rights. If people would just start bringing suits against them maybe they will stop their attacks if they have to put their money where their mouths are.

  35. I can’t believe this the religious right is for everyone all that had to be done is to give winestine equal time I remember that when I was in basic training we had to choose a religious service to attend every Sunday. No in the company area from 10 am until 12noon

  36. I agree with the founding fathers on the Constitution and separation of church and state. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (meaning the government can’t favor one religion over another) nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    “…respecting an establishment of religion,” in a broader sense of the word, really does mean freedom of belief. Thomas Jefferson was laissez-faire (“hands-off!”) towards all belief and disbelief, not caring whether his neighbor believes in twenty gods or no god. Religious leaders warned that if Jefferson were elected, Bibles would be confiscated, churches would be closed down, etc. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Secularists are NOT atheists.

    Most violations of church-state separation, however, are not coming from Muslims, but from Christians pushing their religion on others where it doesn’t belong: Christian prayers in the public schools; Christian prayers before city council meetings; theistic expressions like “In God We Trust” on coins and currency; theistic expressions like “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.

    We’re NOT talking about radical Islam and beheadings, but about Muslim Americans and persons merely mistakenly perceived to be Muslim (e.g., Sikhs, Hindus, Bahai’s and Buddhists) facing discrimination here in the United States.

    The Department of Justice noted that it has investigated over a thousand hate crimes and other acts of discrimination against faith groups since September 11th, 2001. This disturbing trend correlates to a steady rise in crimes committed against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. The real 2014 total of anti-Muslim hate crimes could be as many as six thousand or more.

    In February 2016, a still-unidentified suspect broke into a Minneapolis mosque and vandalized it. Earlier, a Spokane, Wash., man broke into a local Sikh gurdwara and caused $35,000 worth of damage; he told police he believed he had discovered a mosque affiliated with ISIS. And a Buddhist monk was attacked in Oregon after a man mistook him for a Muslim.

    The Lincoln County Commission in North Carolina Chair Carrol Mitchem told local news outlets in 2015 that he has no intention of allowing any non-Christians to offer invocations before commission meetings because Christians constitute a majority in the United States. “I don’t need no Arab or Muslim or whoever telling me what to do or us here in the county what to do about praying,” Mitchem said. “If they don’t like it, stay the hell away.”

    That is what religious discrimination actually looks like.

    It’s a far cry from asking bakers to obey public accommodation laws.

    Joseph Callahan similarly commented on the Huffington Post in 2015:

    “It is pretty hard now days to turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about ‘the war on Christianity’ and see devout believers lamenting on how horribly they are ‘persecuted’ in America today. With gay marriage, abortion and atheists removing God from every aspect of the government, it seems pretty obvious that we secular citizens are using separation of church and state as a new battlefield against religion. How horrible a life American Christians must be forced to live.

    “In Iran, Christians are being executed for their faith. In Myanmar, you can be thrown in prison just for owning a Bible. In North Korea, well, you face death just for believing any god exists. The 2015 report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) shows that thirteen million people have fled seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Central African Republic (CAR), Eritrea, Burma, and Afghanistan). Many of those displaced are Christians, and mostly due to fear of violence and/or death.

    “The Bible, and distributing it, is restricted in over fifty countries worldwide, and spreading the gospel will land you in jail or executed in many of those. But none of this compares to the wholly American horror of (possibly) being forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding! How could we compare the American ‘war on Christianity’ to the Christians (and other religious beliefs) persecuted worldwide? I mean, our own little bubble, and our own discomforts in the first world are all that really matter. The rest of the world isn’t us, so we shouldn’t compare ourselves to them, right?

    “In America today, you can proudly say, ‘I’m a Christian’ and carry a Bible with you everywhere you go. You can go to any church you want to without being arrested. You can say anything you want! You can even proclaim that you worship the Giant Spaghetti Monster, and all the persecution you will receive is strange looks from some people.’

    “Yet, in this, one of the most religiously tolerant nations, Christians are screaming persecution just because our laws are changing to embrace everyone’s belief structure. By not allowing one faith to force their beliefs down our legal throats, the country has launched a ‘war’ on (one specific) faith.”

    Anyone perceived to be Muslim, like Sikhs, Hindus, Bahai’s and Buddhists, often face the same discrimination. Religious minorities in this country are merely asking for the same level of consideration and equal treatment given to Christians.

    It was reported in the Indo-American press in either the ’90s or 2000s that a coalition of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains were going to court to demand a completely religion-neutral society, which does not favor one religion over another, nor one set of beliefs or disbeliefs over another.

    I’m Hindu, not Muslim. The fact that American liberals refer derisively to the Christian right in this country as “the American Taliban” indicates disdain for the Islamic Taliban. Again, secularists are NOT atheists.

  37. belief on God, & following a religion are not the same- why is the army afraid of picky mickey? does islam get a “pass?”

  38. Apparently, the right wing doesn’t understand the Constitution. Or they simply are anti-American and don’t support the Constitution. In any event, anything that mentions a god of any sort in government dealings is a violation of the Constitution, specifically the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. It is right to remove any reference in any activities within the military to any deity. Private counseling is another matter in which any or no religion is perfectly acceptable, but none of the chaplains actions were anywhere near that.
    As religions disappear and science rises to the forefront, the USA will finally achieve the goals of its founders to ensure religion has no voice in government. We’ll be able to rid ourselves of unconstitutional use of “In God We Trust” and reference to deities in oaths.

  39. I am a proud U.S.Army verteran. I serviced from 1971/ 1981. I grew up a Catholic and remain so at 67 Years old. I maintained by believe while servicing no matter where I was sent or what I had to do. I believe that no matter what the Army or any other branch might do or say. Christian men and women will continue to pray and hope their believe secrate. No matter what
    Mikey Weinstein has to say or do. He will get his in the end. God will continue to bless America and all people who believe in God’s Grace!

  40. God is loving. Those that would rather have their world filled with hate, lies, sins, and so much more, rather than with love, hope, family, and God, than ought to go it alone and quit trying to sway others away from the God they love.

  41. I am not a religious man. I support others in their RIGHT to worship as they see fit though.

    I have often wondered why those who don’t believe in God, are so offended by what another person believes. Just because they don’t believe in something, does not give them the right to try to quash anothers’ beliefs. The only conclusion I can come up with, is that these so called Aethiests are not truly Atheists, but actually Satanists who claim to be Atheists to avoid scrutiny of their own beliefs.

    The 1st Amendment enumerates 5 different RIGHTS. The very 1st among the 5 is Freedom of Religion. It’s not a freedom FROM religion, but the RIGHT to worship as one sees fit. It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    So any attempt to curtail the free exercise of worship is unConstitutional.

  42. The Military has no right to infringe on anyone’s religious freedom. It’s a Constitutional right that should not be removed because a few non believers don’t like it. Allow this and you’ll soon surrender all of your rights.

  43. There are limits. I cannot accept a religion that involves child sacrifice. or any physical harm to another. I am opposed to Lucifarian Religions that involve deceit, misinformation, and physical harm including torture. Our military should not test another just for their ability to tolerate extreme pain. However their are military assignments that are painful, but that are necessary for the greater good.

  44. Since 1776 in every war we have fought, we have won. Do you people realize that we have won all those
    wars for one reason and that is because we always went into battle with GOD at our side. He has been there all the time. If you turn your backs on GOD then may he have mercy on your souls when you have to go against another foe without him. I would not wish to do that. I need him with me every day.

  45. Unable to trust the military. Top generals were members of the Board of Directors for Theranos, led by Elizabeth Holmes, who was charged with fraud and misrepresentation regarding her scam regarding blood tests. Holmes held a fund raiser for Hillary and active with Obama. None of the Directors have been held individually liable. Why not?

  46. There Are “NO ATHEIST”S IN A FOXHOLE” … When you are out in the battle all by yourself with bullets flying everywhere. And you happen to slip down into a fox-hole for a moment of PEACE. I PROMISE You Will Cry Out For GOD To Spare Your LIFE. … PLEASE, I Beg You. Do Not Take this one little bit of PEACE from our hard working soldier’s. We Have FREEDOM of CHOICE To Worship or Not to Worship. STAY OUT OF IT. It is NOT HURTING YOU or ANYONE ELSE.

  47. Separation of church and state is not mentioned in the constitution or the federalist papers. The atheists take a private conmment in a letter to a church, totally out of context. And made a federal case over it. The early presidents were ministers and had services in the capital rotunda. Don’t like it go to China.

  48. You can than that illegal kenyan muslim for pushing this BS. He maybe didn’t start it all, but he sure pushed it beyond the pale with his anti-Christian agenda

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