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-- -- Practice christianity and you could be court martial.
That could be the new law of the land for our armed forces thanks to a proposal by a religious tolerance group that claims Christian evangelists are.
Groups like the family research council -- up in arms over this threat to religious freedom.
-- -- vice president retired US army lieutenant general Jerry Boykin joins us now from DC commodity general.
Hey good morning Steve good to be with -- it's good to have you served a real pleasure let's talk a little bit about this the Pentagon's trying to think.
How they should be religiously tolerant going forward and their meeting with this outfit called the military related religious Freedom Foundation.
You have a problem with that why.
Well first of all.
The -- this organization is not only atheist but it is viscerally anti Christian.
It has a track record of being anti Christian and it by the way.
Combined with its friends over the southern poverty loss -- -- They've made great efforts to try and eliminate all vestiges of christianity.
From our military who then we're showing an image of -- -- -- who heads up that organization you say he's.
And you don't think if if they're talking about religion.
He he is not the fellow of the Pentagon should be speaking to.
Well I tried look.
I think all of us believe that commanders and people in positions of responsibility should never use coercion.
With regards to religion but to free exercise of religion and our military.
Goes back as as far back as our military goes back to George Washington.
Bringing chaplains into the military it's a fundamental right and the very people that are.
Now being threatened.
Are the people that are out defending the first -- -- right churned.
We find missing probable that they would go to anti Christian atheist organization.
Like to military religious Freedom Foundation two even talked to them about religious freedom.
Well one of the things general they want to do is that that organization wants to enforce a regulation that says that military members who proselytize should be.
Essentially court -- right.
Yeah that's right and look.
They need to get their terms straight first of all what is prosperous.
Technically it means witnessing in other words living your faith and exercising your faith by being able to speak about it it's not about coercion it's not about I think what they are trying to portray it as.
And it is very important that we allow our troops.
Army navy air force Marines to live their faith and be able to talk openly about it.
What they're about to do is ruling any hopes of being able to recruit.
A professional military in the future.
By sending a signal across America to moms and dads that when your son or daughter Jones military.
They will have to check their faith that the door that's not the way America was -- -- certainly not the way our military was built we'll general here's a statement the Pentagon gave to us.
Quote religious priceless nation is not permitted within the Department of Defense court marshals and nonjudicial punishments are decided on -- case by case.
Basis do you think of that stand.
Well first of all again it's a matter of what do they mean by proselytizing.
Right again I think they've got their definitions a little luck confused.
If you talking about coercion that's one thing but if you're talking about the free exercise of our faith -- individual soldiers sailors airmen and Marines.
Especially if for the chaplin's.
That I think that the worst thing we can do.
The ability for a soldier to be able to exercise -- through our.
Lieutenant general Jerry Boykin from the family research council sir thank you very much for your service and come in today.
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