Rep John Fleming has proposed a religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, and the Obama administration states that it “strongly objects” to the amendment.
The amendment would have
…required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.
Many in the military say that the armed forces are increasingly hostile to open expressions of faith, even by chaplains. The environment has worsened with acceptance of openly gay service members. Military personnel are expected to tolerate and affirm open homosexual lifestyles, even when the military member hold the view, informed by faith, that homosexual acts are gravely evil.
I know the military environment well, after 26 years of service. The Department of Defense has undertaken to “re-educate” all military members and civilian employees, and will force compliance with Department policy. We’ve seen this many times in the past, concerning other issues. The DoD seeks not tolerance of a policy, but acceptance and affirmation. Anyone who doesn’t accept and affirm will be ruthlessly culled.