Saturday, June 08, 2013
Thought crime always comes disguised as tolerance.
Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said stories like this are becoming commonplace in the military post-repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.“These stories are the ones that have not been told – about some of the more subtle ramifications of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy,” he said.One service member received a severe reprimand for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.A chaplain was relieved of his command over a military chapel because he could not allow same-sex weddings to take place in the chapel.And a chaplain who asked senior military officers whether religious liberty would be protected in the wake of the repeal of the law against open homosexual behavior in the military was told to “get in line” or resign.Crews said they are sharing these stories to let other service members know there is a place to get help. He said Chaplain Alliance publishes a religious liberty palm card – explaining constitutionally protected liberties to service members.“If you believe your religious liberties have been violated, here’s what you can do,” he said. “We will see that you get the help that you need.”