In the alternate reality of the Christian right, the US military is biased against Christians. The reality is, however, very different. As documented by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and lawsuits that stem from this information, it's Christian conservatives who are trying to impose their brand of Christianity on the military. Only this week, an Army Lt. Col. was suspended for teaching that "a total war against Islam is necessary." But you won't hear about this kind of thing on Jesus' very own "news" network that has validated, on several occasions, the lies of the uber Christian head of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, GOP Rep. Randy Forbes. This morning, Forbes appeared on Jesus' own Fox morning show, Fox & Friends, where he continued to be validated by the same folks who had no problem with violent bible verses on Army rifles. Praise Jesus and Roger Ailes!
Jesus BFF, Steve Doocy framed the agitprop immediately with this question: "Is the United States Airforce censoring religious freedom among the ranks." He claimed that because "a series of recent incidents have come to the attention of 66 US Congressmen," these "lawmakers jointly fired off a letter" to the Secretary of Defense. The chyron underscored the propaganda: "God, Faith, and the Military, Is USAF Censoring Religion Among the Ranks." He tossed to none other than another one of Jesus' BFF's, the aforementioned GOP Rep. Randy Forbes. Fox inadvertently underscored how this issue is not just "religion," but Christian religion, in their backdrop which had an image of the Air Force logo next to a cross which is a distinctly Christian symbol. After Doocy asked Forbes about issues that "constituents" have complained about, Forbes whined about "egregious" incidents. He made the following claims while the agitprop chyrons "Drawing Lines on Faith" and "Reining in Religious Liberties?" were shown:
Forbes - Navy banned bibles in hospital. Reality - This was a "guideline memo" that was never enforced and was rescinded four months later.
Forbes - Air Force ruled that the word "God" can't be used in the Air Force even if it has religious context. Reality - It's hard to know WTF Forbes is talking about unless he's referring to the removal of the Latin word for God in an Air Force patch that said "Doing God's business with other people's money."
Forbes - Officers "can't inform" their staff of "programs that chaplains might have..." Reality - The Air Force has "reminded" leaders about not showing favoritism towards one religion. This was done because the "programs" that staff were "informed" about appear to have been fundamentalist Christian.
Forbes - Ethics programs that reference to religion have been banned. Reality - Again, WTF. The Air Force suspended a course, after numerous complaints from Protestants and Catholics, that used bible quotes to justify war - or as it was nicknamed, "Jesus loves nukes." They are also reviewing the content of other "ethics" courses.
Forbes - Air Force has stopped cadets from encouraging staff from programs helping children. Reality - Certain officers were told, after numerous complaints from Protestants and Catholics, to stop encouraging cadets to donate to the Islamophobe Franklin Graham's charity that had Christian verses in boxes going to Islamic countries.
Doocy, in his best snarky voice, asserted that the reason why this is happening is "because they don't want to offend anybody, it's the PC police who are cracking down on the military." Forbes said that they're offending lots of military chaplains and his "alliance." He added that the Bill of Rights "doesn't say that you couldn't do things that you have a right to do if it offends people" and that he's fighting to protect freedom of religion. (Actually the First Amendment prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others which is what these Christians are trying to do.) He advised the military who were watching to "hold on to their faith" because he has their back. Doocy, who never served in the military, referenced the saying about "no atheists in a foxhole." (Actually there are 9,400 atheists in the military.)
So all you Jesus hating, heathen members of the military can just suck it up. Jesus rules according to the gospel of Fox & Friends.