In God We Trust Calls on Obama to Lift Veto Threat
In God We Trust is calling on the Obama Administration to lift the threat of a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) now.
The Obama Administration "strongly objects" to a proposed religious liberty amendment offered in the House by Representative John Fleming, M.D (R-LA) and across the rotunda by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). "That is an outrageous position, but it's what I've come to expect from an administration that is aggressively hostile toward religious beliefs that it facing growing hostility toward their religion.
The Fleming amendment, which passed the House Armed Services Committee on a bipartisan vote, deems politically incorrect," said Fleming.
The NDAA amendments would protect the religious rights of soldiers — including evangelical Christian service members who are was included in the House-passed NDAA. (Fleming is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.) The Lee amendment passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on a bipartisan vote.
"For many of our men and women in uniform, their faith and religious beliefs are what sustain them through the enormous pressures and stresses of the battlefield," said Lee. "If an environment is created where those service members feel that expressing their religion could be found in violation of military policy and grounds for reprimand, it will have an unsettlingly negativeto prevent full enforcement of the new law.
In fact, the language in the court's ruling that sent the case back to a lower court in the state of Oklahoma leaves us feeling very optimistic about the direction of the lawsuit.
"Hobby Lobby and Mardel have drawn a line at providing coverage for drugs or devices they consider to induce abortions, and it is not for us to question whether the line is reasonable," the judges wrote. "The question here is not whether the reasonable observer would consider the plaintiffs' complicities in an immoral act, but rather how the plaintiffs themselves measure their degree of complicity."
The 160-page ruling went on to say, "A religious individual may enter the for-profit realm intending to demonstrate to the marketplace that a corporation can succeed financially while adhering to religious values. As a court, we do not see how we can distinguish effect on our military."
According to the White House, the amendments would limit the discretion of commanders to address "potentially problematic speech" and would have a "significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment."
Fleming and Lee joined forces to introduce the amendments after a series of high-profile incidents involving attacks on religious liberty within the military — including an Air Force officer who was told to remove a Bible from his desk because it might give the impression he was endorsing a religion. The Air Force censored a video created by a chaplain because it included the word "God." The Air Force feared the word might offend Muslims and Atheists. Last month Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Lee told a National Day of Prayer audience that religious liberty was being threatened by Pentagon lawyers and service members are being told to hide their faith in Christ
In God We Trust remains dedicated to protecting religious liberty of our soldiers — even from the policies of our own White House and Pentagon.