“I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned the great truth that there are no atheists in foxholes.”
– President Dwight Eisenhower, 1954
Now, nearly 60 years later, Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski reports that Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes wrote a column titled, “No Atheists in Foxholes; Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” That led an organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to contact base commander Col. Brian Duffy, demanding that he take action on what they denounced as Chaplain Reyes’ “anti-secular diatribe.”
“MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’ ‘use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, “no atheists in foxholes,” he defiles the dignity of service members. …’
“MRFF is atheist activist Mikey Weinstein’s organization. He called observant Christians ‘fundamentalist monsters’ who are seeking to impose ‘a reign of theocratic terror,’ and he described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of ‘spiritual rape,’ that makes believers ‘enemies of the Constitution’ who are committing an act of ‘sedition and treason’ against this nation. …
“Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council – one of the leaders of a new religious liberty coalition for the military – responded, ‘A chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members. … Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?’ …
“The Obama-Hagel Defense Department and Air Force have met with Weinstein and MRFF over a period of four years and recently told Congress that there are no problems with suppressing religious speech in the military.
“However, because this growing wave of anti-Christian extremism has been exposed to the public, the U.S. House has inserted new religious liberty protections for military members in pending legislation.”
But, reports Breitbart columnist Klukowski, “President Obama threatens to veto the legislation. Reyes’ story makes it more likely that Congress will stand its ground and fight to protect the religious liberty of him and countless others in the military, as those service members continue risking their lives to fight for all Americans.”
As WND reported, Chaplain Reyes’ column was restored to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson website website last week.