First of all, I want to direct your attention to Dennis Kelley's piece, "Wow. just...wow" (thanks, Dennis!). That is what has inspired me to write the following email to Congresswomen Marcia Fudge and Senator Sherrod Brown:
I want to draw your attention to the following video:
The beginning portion of this video records military officers, I presume of the Chaplain Corps of various services, TARGETING new recruits and men and women under enormous stress (for example: Rangers in training) and proselytizing them in the Christian faith in CLEAR violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The job of our military is NOT to turn those men and women whom we trust for our nation’s protection into religious missionaries, yet the people in the above video are clearly aiming to do precisely that. It may be that the United States is in large portion a nation of Christians, but it is by no means whatsoever a Christian nation. Were I a Jew or a Muslim or an atheist in situations portrayed in that video, I would be insulted and incensed at the presumption of those who wish to make me a supposed “soldier for Christ,” though I also know that protesting about such treatment would likely cause very considerable retribution upon a man or woman who dared to speak out.
As a citizen of this country who believes firmly in the separation of Church and State, I find this kind of proselytism and particularly that which targets soldiers under the most demanding conditions nothing short of DESPICABLE. I urge you to direct those in our armed services with sufficient authority to STOP this practice forthwith.
Freedom OF religion must also include freedom FROM religion, or it is meaningless.
This crap has been going on for a while. I first became aware of it when the evening news reported on a proselytism scandal going on at the Air Force Academy, and I was angry enough about it then. Hearing about this in Dennis' discussion just put me over the top, pissed me off enough to break out the word processor and kick some ass with it. By the way, you may note I didn't write Senator Portman. The reason is simple: I'm not into pissing into the wind.
I urge you to do the same. Write your congressperson. Write your senators. GIVE THEM HELL ABOUT THIS!!! If you've got some bread to spare (which I don't), you might also consider giving to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation as well.
In any case, please do SOMETHING. This crap has got to stop.