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Mon May 22, 2017, 02:41 PM

Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military

Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the military.

The number of complaints from servicemen and -women in the Army, Air Force, Marines and other service branches to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has doubled in number since November 2016, according to lawyer Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, a former Air Force officer who founded the organization.

Many of the recent charges are coming from members of minority religions, including Roman Catholics, Jews and Muslims, and from atheists. Among the complaints: military family and marital therapy programs are being infused with Protestant Christianity, which would violate the U.S. Constitution; open anti-Semitism; anti-LGBT statements, posters, symbols and bullying; openly anti-Muslim teachers and Islamophobic attacks; a rise in on-base evangelizing; and increased pressure on recruits or lower-level personnel and service members to convert to fundamentalist Christianity.

“With the advent of Trump as the commander in chief of our armed forces, MRFF has experienced a massive influx of new military and civilian personnel complaints of religion-based prejudice and bigotry, most of them coming from non-fundamentalist Christians being persecuted by their military superiors for not being ‘Christian enough,’” Weinstein tells Newsweek.

http://www.newsweek.com/christian-fundamentalists-us-armed-forces-national-security-threat-613428

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 03:02 PM

1. These fucking religious fascists want to rule this country in the most draconian way.

 

This not just "Freedom of Religion" it's "Freedom from Religion" as well. I'm sick of them. Absolutely sick of them. Trump is no "Christian" folks by any means of the definition.










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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #1)

Mon May 22, 2017, 03:15 PM

2. Why do you say Trump isn't a Christian?

Is it because all bad people must be non-Christians?

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Response to trotsky (Reply #2)

Mon May 22, 2017, 05:23 PM

3. It's because he's a hypocrite.

 

Obviously.

No need for you to put words in a poster's mouth.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #2)

Mon May 22, 2017, 05:41 PM

4. trump's actions speak for him and they certainly are not Christian. n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #4)

Mon May 22, 2017, 08:16 PM

6. So, all bad people are non-Christians?

Wow, that sounds like religious bigotry. Are you sure?

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Response to trotsky (Reply #6)

Tue May 23, 2017, 06:13 AM

8. " No need for you to put words in a poster's mouth."

 

Why do you do that, while suggesting the words you put in their mouths is bigotry?

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 08:11 PM

5. There were stories about fundamental Christians at the Air Force Academy many years ago.

Back when Trump was just a common con man with no pretensions to political office.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #5)

Tue May 23, 2017, 05:54 AM

7. I believe we have spoken before about the AF Academy

It is run, and has been for a long time, by Fundamentalists



I don't think anyone has ever accused Trump of being a Christian, especially Christians

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #7)

Tue May 23, 2017, 08:01 AM

9. Millions of Christians think Trump is a Christian.

I don't think anyone is in a position to judge who is or who is not a Christian. If someone says they are, we have to take them at their word. To do otherwise, and assume that all Christians are good people and anyone who isn't good automatically can't be a Christian is religious bigotry.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #9)

Tue May 23, 2017, 01:24 PM

10. Anytime anyone says

"He/she is not a real Christian", I have to ask them..........Just who has the authority to make that determination?

They usually start mumbling at that point

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