The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that they are developing court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
The new regulations would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even between close friends. Meeting with Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, officials said the new laws would also apply to military chaplains.
Weinstein, a noted controversial figure, says Christians who proselytize the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious as a crime of “sexual assault.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin – founding member of Delta Force, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council commented on the Pentagon’s plans,
“if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”
Service-members convicted in a court martial could face imprisonment and dishonorable discharge from the military.