As the President looks to put our men and women in uniform on the front lines of another crisis, I have serious questions about the President’s expectations of our all-volunteer force at a time when his budget cuts have severely degraded their readiness and capabilities to historically low levels. At the same time our military is being called to assist Africa with its health crisis, it is also being called to support the pivot to Asia, bolster our European partners against growing Russian aggression, conduct strikes against ISIL, and also successfully transition the mission in Afghanistan, where nearly 30,000 brave men and women still serve today
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The moral confusion of the Obama Administration is clearly evident in a recent incident in Missouri involving the National Guard. Todd Starnes with Fox News reports on the banning of members of the National Guard from being honored at a Vacation Bible School event in Carthage, Missouri. The Baptist Bible Church, pastored by Kent Hogan told Starnes: “We are a very patriotic church. We love America. We love this country.”
The US military has always been a target for liberal progressives to attack and break down, all because it is an institution that stands on honor, integrity, discipline, selfless service, and character. But most importantly it is a meritocracy, the diametric opposite of the “social justice” agenda — it focuses on the equality of opportunity to excel, not the equality of outcomes. The military is a bastion of tradition, and we know progressive socialists hate traditions.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by Obama the day after Christmas includes religious freedom provisions opposed by Obama’s henchmen.
Mr. Speaker, religious freedom is a fundamental human right—a right which is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Many of America’s earliest settlers came to her shores seeking religious freedom. As individuals around the world face persecution because of their religious beliefs, America has stood as the beacon for the importance of protecting the ability to freely exercise religious beliefs without fear of intimidation, reprisal, or harm.
“General Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, recently said that his forces are at the–I am quoting now – “lowest readiness levels I’ve seen within our Army since I’ve been serving for the last 37 years” and that only two brigades are ready for combat – only two brigades. This is General Odierno. The reason I wanted this chart put up is because it tells us where we are today. The part shown in orange, which is the huge cuts coming from sequestration, is far greater than the rest of it. That is readiness. That is what we are talking about,” he said.
The smearing of Christian groups is deeper than previously known. Just last week, soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas were warned about giving money to evangelical groups or to Tea Party groups. They were told they could receive military punishment for doing so. This occurred on a base where Nidal Hasan killed 13 soldiers and an unborn baby and wounded dozens more – and his actions were labeled “workplace violence” – even as he shouted praise to Allah. How many Baptists have opened fire on unarmed soldiers at military bases around the world and shouted “Praise Jesus”?
In Obama’s new military, homosexual sex is fine, but praying or expressing one’s faith isn’t. Morality is upside down in Obama’s bizarre world – where good is evil and evil is good. It is a world where upholding traditional marriage between a man and woman can destroy your military career. It is also a world where Islam is elevated over Judeo-Christian values in Obama’s foreign policies.
Last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a provision designed to protect the religious liberties of members of our Armed Forces. Obama just ignored it and refused to enact regulations for implementation of the provision.
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, co-founded by GING-PAC Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA), is closely monitoring the relentless attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. Armed Forces. The situation is getting worse, not better and began in 2009, shortly after Obama took office