As in other institutions, including education, the U.S. military has attracted scrutiny in recent years for attempting to silence or relegate servicemen and women who openly profess their Christian faith. As a result, some advocacy groups are now reporting an exodus of sorts within the armed forces as Christians find life in uniform increasingly inhospitable.
The Liberty Institute’s Michael Berry, for example, predicted recruiters will have a hard time selling the benefits of enlisting to individuals who believe their values will be trashed by commanding officers.
“People of faith are going to stay away from the military,” he speculated, recalling conversations he has had in the past with Christian families upset over the recent trend.
“I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore,’” he explained, “and I don’t blame them. I would have serious reservations about my own kids joining.”
He described life within today’s military a “hostile work environment” for Christians.
Just weeks after Navy Chaplain Wes Modder was issued a written complaint and threatened with further punishment for expressing his Bible-based view of marriage, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty President Douglas Lee echoed Berry’s concerns.
“I know people who get out,” he said, “officers and chaplains who’ve said, ‘I can’t serve the way I want to in this environment. People who’ve said, ‘Because of the religious liberty challenges I see, I think I’ll serve somewhere else.’”
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